Monday, 20 May 2013

Scuba for the planet

While Littletree has been having an awesome time snorkelling on the reef almost every day, the kids have also been drawn to go scuba diving. At first, I thought Littletree was too… well… little. But it turns out the PADI dive centre offers “fun dive” courses for children starting at ten years old, so I said she could do the training session in the pool, and see how she goes.

Several of the kids here for the home school adventure did the course together

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Watched the training video and listened to all the instructions from the dive master

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Got kitted up with wetsuits and masks – they even had a small sized tank and scuba equipment to fit Littletree

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Then they went through the training, learning how to use the apparatus, respirators, equalise ear pressure, underwater sign language, and so on.

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And finally, practiced diving!

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By the end, Littletree was quite proficient, and given the go-ahead from the dive master to join the group out on the reef… but finally, she decided instead to go to a lecture about the delicate ecology of the reef. She then joined in with a clean-up effort organised by the dive school to collect rubbish from the beach and reef, and protect the dune areas where turtles are laying their eggs.

Littletree came home very excited, happy to have done her bit for the day as a “wildlife warrior”.

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