One of the advantages of living in the tropics is the ability to go diving at one of the many beach locations across South East Asia for the weekend! In order to open this door of opportunity to our boarding community the Prep boarding houses, Taylor and Iskandar, commenced a PADI Open Water Diving course. The course has two components: an online e-learning module and a prescribed number of pool and sea dives.
Although pool diving might not seem a very daunting experience, understanding the basics of using a snorkel, fins and mastering your own buoyancy in the water are all essential skills before you embark on your first sea dive adventure.
“It all started when Mr Gough came up with the idea of us going diving. From the e-learning (online padi learning) to the confined water dive, we have all come a long way. It’s a great experience to dive with a buddy and share all of the moments. The e-learning was long but definitely worth it. It was sure that by the end of it, everybody was ready to do the very first learning dive. It was just with snorkels, but it was still fun. The second dive was so good. We got to use all the gear and go fully underwater! Although it was cold in the pool, it was too much fun to notice. I am definitely looking forward to going to Rawa!” – Olivier Bhogal, Taylor House.
On the 15th -17th February 2019 the inaugural junior boarding houses’ dive trip departed from Taylor and Iskandar Houses bound for Rawa Island. Twenty-six boys and girls took part in snorkelling and diving activities, with 16 children gaining their PADI open water qualification and several children, who were already qualified, taking part in fun dives at different locations around the reef. They were treated to beautiful weather and amazing scenery both above and below the water with Rawa’s coral reef never ceasing to amaze. With plenty of free time built into the programme the pupils were able to enjoy the beach (including water slides!) and the rest of the island, a truly memorable weekend.