Cornwall LivingIssue #118
Safeguarding our seas
A lifechanging competition is launching early this year, to bring the crucial message of marine conservation to the heart of secondary schools nationwide.
Dive Project Cornwall believe it is every young person’s right to experience the ocean. They also believe that educating our children about the wonders of the planet’s marine environment and the crucial part it plays in our existence has never been more important. How else are we to safeguard the future of our seas?
Kicking off in January this year, Dive Project Cornwall has now ‘gone live’ on its ambitious project to educate hundreds of thousands of young people, by delivering an education programme directly into schools across the UK, in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society. The mission is simple: to raise awareness of the importance of the Earth’s marine environment, and the vital role it plays in our very own existence.
At the heart of the project is a nationwide competition open to all secondary schools, for 400 lucky teenagers to win the experience of a lifetime: a six-day, life-changing trip to Cornwall, where they will learn to scuba dive, enjoy outdoor adventures, take up beach-related activities, and attend presentations from leading marine industry experts.
A truly immersive experience, the winning teens will be taken from classroom to shoreline and beyond; from the on-site training pool, to taking their first steps to discovering the wonders of life beneath the waves, igniting their imaginations along the way and sparking a desire to join the ocean conservation movement.
Many of these children will never have had the opportunity to experience the ocean close at hand. They’ll leave this residential course, delivered in the breathtaking environment of Porthkerris, on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, as PADI qualified Open Water Divers, ready to spread the word as ocean influencers.
Dive Project Cornwall