A group of Sixth Formers recently spent two weekends testing their scuba skills in the open water, with trips to Wraysbury Dive Centre and a cold weekend spent at Stoney Cove in Leicester. 

The six students have been learning more advanced diving skills in the school’s swimming pool, with the aim of gaining their PADI Advanced Open Water and Dry Suit certificates later this year. These weekend trips were an opportunity to put what they’d learned to the test, in a very different environment. 

Miss Goddard, Head of Scuba, said, “Despite the weather, (which was as expected in November!) the students were all superstars on both trips. They supported each other so well during their diving sessions and had a great time back on dry land.” 

Lower Sixth student Semiloore Bankole reports back from Stoney Cove: 

“Over one weekend, my friends and I had the opportunity to dive into a new experience! After an early meet up at school and ride on the mini bus, we arrived at Stoney Cove, an illustrious location filled with tranquil water that hid various wrecks we’d discover over the next two days. 

“After preparing our gear and completing the final checks, we strode into the water. After a quick adjustment to the temperature, we descended below the surface to familiarise ourselves with the site, with eyes on the lookout for any wildlife. I have to admit, descending into water always generates a powerful sensation, a mix of both wonder and excitement at what you’re about to do. Whilst swimming around we’d eventually discover the remains of a plane wreck, the perch, pike and crayfish darting around all whilst practicing our technique which made the first dive a brilliant start. After re-surfacing, we enjoyed a long break with packed lunches and jumpers to warm up.   

“This was just the start to the four dives we’d complete over the weekend, developing our skills in navigation, checking gear, controlling buoyancy and a multitude of other skills which will aid us in our later diving careers. These times of excitement were balanced with down time in the hotel, planning the next dive and enjoying board games brought by everyone. I value the diving experience I gained over that weekend, but I’ll fondly remember the fun I had with everyone while doing it.” 

Kristian Sarai adds, “This was my first overnight trip as part of the Sixth Form and, no matter what more is to come in terms of trips, it will undoubtedly be one of the best. It enlightened me to another of the many benefits of scuba diving: that it isn’t restricted to temperature – surrounded by a layer of air in my dry suit, I came out of each dive bone dry. This enabled me to dive at depths of up to 20 metres, at which point colours were indistinguishable, a helicopter and an entire cargo vessel could be found, and you could crack an egg open without the white and yolk being separated!” 

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