Scuba diving is great fun for those people who take part, as long as they have had expert tuition.
That is exactly what happened thanks to Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society (JVDPS).
According to JVD Scuba owner, Captain Colin Aldridge, ‘There is nothing better than giving local youth the opportunity to dive with us so that they can better appreciate the true natural resources underwater here in the BVI.
Students’ certification is part of a project, organized by the Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society (JVDPS) with certification instruction generously donated by JVD Scuba, BVI Eco-Tours and equipment and other support from SeaTrek BVI.
This all resulted in great news for five local youths, Anath Blyden, Catherine Blyden, Nekesha Chinnery, Wayson Hatchett and Nykolas Callwood, recently completed their PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course on Jost Van Dyke at JVD Scuba in Great Harbour.
Captain Aldridge went on to say, ‘We congratulate the students in doing an excellent job and becoming certified Scuba divers!’
Last week, JVDPS collaborated with SeaTrek BVI, an educational organization that offers scuba diving and marine science summer camps for teenagers. SeaTrek’s newly launched programme, FATHOMS, which focuses on marine sciences and community service, is working towards involving students in coral reef monitoring in the BVI. Through this programme, Jost Van Dyke students will be given the opportunity to participate in coral monitoring and other marine science education activities.