Divers at Dive Project Cornwall, Jake Tims

Calling all secondary students - Learn to dive on the Cornish coast

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Victoria Riglen, Head of Communications and Campaigns

24 Jan 2022

We're working with Dive Project Cornwall on a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help students learn to dive.

Dive Project Cornwall is giving 20 students from 20 secondary schools across the UK the chance to visit the Cornish coastline and learn to dive.

Learning to dive, Dive Project Cornwall - Jake Tims

Credit: Jake Tims

Like us, DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL believe it's every young person’s right to experience the ocean. Sharing the wonders of the ocean and the crucial part it plays in our existence will help safeguard our seas for future generations.

Never has this been more important than now and we are thrilled to be able to connect young people with our underwater world through this exciting project.

Dive Project Cornwall, with support from the Marine Conservation Society, have launched this ambitious, new project to educate hundreds of thousands of young people by delivering an education programme directly into UK schools.

As well as gaining their PADI diving accreditation, this once in a lifetime experience will ignite an understanding, appreciation and connection to the ocean in our young people.

At each camp, we'll be leading a day of beach learning, citizen science and marine exploration raise awareness of the importance of the planet's marine environment and its vital role in our very own existence.

400 lucky teenagers will spend six days in Cornwall where they'll achieve their PADI Open Water Diver certification, as well as taking part in an educational programme, led by our education team.

This truly immersive experience will take teens from classroom to shoreline and beyond. From the first experiences in the on-site training pool to taking their first steps in the wonders of life in the open seas.

Many of these children will never have had the opportunity to experience the ocean up close. But they'll leave as PADI qualified divers, ready to spread the word as ocean influencers.

Andy Forster, Director of Dive Project Cornwall

Registration to enter the competition closes 31st March 2022 when a panel of judges will select qualifying schools able to go through to the next round, where there'll be a competition to design a marine creature using recyclable plastics and document the process.

Student divers, Dive Project Cornwall - Jake Tims

Credit: Jake Tims

Register your school today on the Dive Project Cornwall website and keep up-to-date with all competition details over the coming weeks.