IGS students dive deep into learning opportunity

Getting up close and friendly with a Moray Eel was one of many surprises recently experienced by IGS students in their newly launched IGS Scuba Dive Club.

The first students of the new Club achieved their PADI Open Water Certification, an exciting initiative for those who are interested in marine exploration. 

Year 11 students Luca, Laura, Tong-Yi and Dexter not only learnt how to assemble their diving equipment, clear their masks and recover their regulators, they were also fortunate enough to encounter an array of sea creatures. 

Aside from the Moray Eel, the divers met baby Port Jackson sharks, Stingrays, Goat Fish, Banded Morwong, a well-hidden Common Sydney Octopus, and the elusive Weedy Sea Dragon in the waters explored during the course. 

Dexter described the Sea Dragon as a “seahorse with an upgrade”.

“The PADI Open Water Scuba Dive course really takes you out of your comfort zone, but with the instructors you know you’re in safe hands,” Dexter said. 

“I would really recommend diving, it’s so much fun being under water but also really peaceful.”

IGS HSIE Educator and PADI Instructor, Carmelo Fedele, thanks the group’s PADI Instructor Tamara, as well as the Year 11 parents who have supported students of the IGS Scuba Dive Club.