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A child who’s a confident scuba diver can carry that self-assurance into several other aspects of his or her life including school, social interactions or other sports.

Katie - junior scuba diver

Scuba diving can be a great activity for all ages including younger divers and HDC is fortunate to have a number of junior divers in our club.

Katie qualified as a Junior PADI Open Water diver 3 years ago in 2014 and has certainly got the dive bug.

She has continued her training to complete her PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Deep Diver Speciality, Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver.

Now a familiar face at club nights and dive trips, We asked Katie what it was like to taking part in the next stage of her training having almost completed the Rescue Diver Course.

I think the course is really fun to do. It’s very different from the courses I have done before. You become a lot more aware of all the problems that could happen on a dive and how to deal with them, which makes you a much better diver as you are able to help your buddy and other divers as well as yourself.

Some skills we had to do on the practise day at Stoney Cove were dealing with panicked, tired and unresponsive divers at the surface. We practised how to approach and communicate with them used the diver tows we learnt during the OW course to bring them back. Another skill we practised was lifting unresponsive and panicked divers from underwater after searching for them. We worked as a team to complete the underwater ‘rescues’ which was good for when we had multiple victims as we could delegate who was helping to rescue who.

My favourite part was practising some of the surface rescue skills, where some of us would have to get in with fins, mask and a snorkel to help the victims. I liked this because you didn’t know what type of diver you would be dealing with for the entire scenario as they could change from tired to panicked, which made it seem more real than some of the other scenarios.

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