This past June, GSTA’s Scuba academy 201 students earned their advanced open water and Nitrox Scuba certifications. Our Scuba 301 students participated in our Adventure Scuba course, refining their skills while gaining experience with deep diving and wreck diving. Both groups of teens learned more about diving safely and responsibly at greater depths, and also enjoyed an amazing night dive!
Additionally, our teens visited ICARE (Islamorada Conservation and Restoration Education), a nonprofit coral restoration project that partners researchers from Mote Marine Laboratory with local divers to restore coral reef populations in the Florida Keys. The teens got to learn how our actions as divers can affect coral reefs, how to take care of corals while diving, and even got a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility where new corals are fragmented and grown before being transplanted to local reef sites.
We ended the week with a memorable round of the GSTA Olympics, where teens worked together to complete challenges designed to test their teamwork skills, along with the knowledge they learned throughout the week. The teens had a great time this week making memories with old and new friends and expanding their comfort zone to become better divers!