A total of 25 PADI certifications were awarded by Campus Rec PADI Educational Dive Center instructors Ginny Templeton and Dan McCarthy during the trip. The certifications awarded included two Open Water Diver, eight Advanced Open Water Diver, two Enriched Air Specialty, two Rescue Diver, five Full Face Mask Specialty and two Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.
“Before this trip, I enjoyed scuba diving, but after this trip, I love scuba diving because I now feel more comfortable under the water. Overall, this was an amazing, unforgettable experience I hope more people take advantage of,” first-year agricultural business management student and Advanced Open Water Diver Samantha Granstrom said. “This is by far the most affordable and fun spring break trip around, plus the invaluable knowledge and experience of getting lifelong scuba certifications while enjoying the beauty of Florida.”
Three PADI Professional Divemaster trainees were able to complete phase one or two of their certification, which gives them major headway to becoming a professional diver.
One Divemaster trainee, Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) alumnus Jacob Eagleton, completed the program and was awarded the distinguished honor and certification of a PADI Professional Divemaster. This was just days before he left Southern California for a marine biology internship in Mobile, Alabama.
All participants completed a service project in collaboration with the Coral Restoration Foundation, which consisted of transplanting 37 new baby corals to a permanent location on the reef helping to rebuild the reef system in Key Largo.
Prior to flying home, the group participated in educational sessions at the Marathon Key Turtle Hospital, where they became knowledgeable about the rehabilitation and re-entry of sea turtles in the Atlantic, followed by a visit to the History of Diving Museum, where they learned about the progression of scuba diving over the past four centuries.
For those who are interested in taking the plunge, Campus Rec will be offering its introductory scuba course, Discover Scuba Diving, this summer on July 26 and August 24. Registration for the course will begin on July 1 at recportal.cpp.edu and in-person at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (Bldg. 42).