Dive Project Cornwall, an education programme and competition inviting schools to participate in a project to teach 400 teenagers to dive and become ‘PADI Torchbearers‘, has begun accepting applications from schools around the UK.
The ambitious project to educate thousands of young people by delivering an education programme directly into schools across the UK, in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society, hopes to raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment and its vital role in sustaining the planet.
At the heart of Dive Project Cornwall is a nationwide competition that will invite pupils to design and document a marine creature using recyclable plastics. Open to all secondary schools, 400 children will win a six-day trip to Cornwall, where they will learn to scuba dive at a PADI Dive Centre, enjoy outdoor adventures, take up beach-related activities and attend presentations from leading marine industry experts.
Registration for the project is available until 31 March 2022, and the 20 winning schools will be announced by the panel of judges on 1 June. Emma Samuelsson, Regional Manager of PADI EMEA, and one of the competition’s judges, said: ‘PADI is delighted to partner with Dive Project Cornwall to provide the 400 winning students with PADI Open Water Diver eLearning. PADI Dive Centres in Cornwall will work with the students to complete their in-water training and PADI certification.
‘Scuba diving opens up the underwater world for young people and helps them to develop an understanding and appreciation for it, inspiring them to want to explore and protect it.’
For more information and to register an interest, visit www.diveprojectcornwall.co.uk