The BBC’s Blue Planet and Blue Planet II brought the wonders of the deep into living rooms around the country and, in the process, spurred students to begin to consider our effect on the environment. National Science Week in 2018 encouraged schools to run science-based projects on our blue planet and it is becoming increasingly obvious that children and young people are focussed on improving the health of our seas. Quite rightly, there is a lot of attention on marine pollution, rising sea temperatures and how this will impact upon future generations.
So, how can you build on this enthusiasm? How about introducing your students to scuba diving?
Whitstable Scuba are a team of PADI diving instructors with a strong educational background and years of experience of teaching different age groups and levels. Whether your students are looking to ‘discover scuba’ or want to work towards a diving certification, our courses perfectly compliment different frameworks within the National Curriculum. Learning to dive is also an excellent way for young people to build confidence and resilience.
Dive in to a taster day/session
Our Discover Scuba session introduces the basics of scuba diving. Targeted at learners of all ages, our team will come to your school to teach about the basics of diving and to explain why and how people get involved in it.
Beginning with an optional interactive classroom session, students are introduced to scuba diving equipment, guided through basic safety considerations, and are introduced to the art of underwater communication. And of course, they will go to a swimming pool and get underwater.
Ideal for activities weeks, Enrichment or rewards sessions, the Discover Scuba day brings aspects of PSHEE, PE, Geography and Science into an easily accessible and enjoyable session. It can also be repeated.
PADI Open Water Course
Run over a number of weeks which are flexible, our Open Water Course lets learners take their interest in scuba to the next level, providing them with a qualification to dive whenever they want.
The Whitstable Scuba team provide classroom-based theory and practical lessons which meet the guidelines laid out by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
Students can then either complete the four required dives to qualify at an inland site where it is safe and controlled, or they can be signed off to complete in their own time at another PADI dive centre anywhere in the world (this is called a referral).
The Open Water Course can be used to meet OCR GCSE PE criteria, providing an enthralling and exciting way to access a new sport/hobby. Elements of Maths and Science are also covered in the course, providing an opportunity to see skills from both subjects used in the wider world.
Complete the Open Water course abroad
Perfect for students studying PE, Science and Geography, our team of PADI qualified trainers deliver the Open Water theory and the pool training before helping to organise taking your students away to complete their dives abroad.
This experience not only provides an Open Water qualification but also enables students to experience different cultures, widening their understanding of the world and our impact on it. As tourists participating in diving tourism, students studying GCSE Geography can use the experience to focus on local economies and infrastructures. Students can get involved with projects which will directly link to Science criteria such as biodiversity and Marine Biology.
If you would like to speak to us about how we can help your students to achieve their potential through learning to scuba dive, please get in touch.