Bracknell & Wokingham College has partnered with a local diving centre to offer extracurricular scuba diving lessons to students.

This partnership, with the idiveteam diving resort in Berkshire, will enable students to work towards a globally recognised PADI diving qualification at a discounted price.

The course has been added to the college’s enrichment programme, and will cover everything from how water pressure affects the body, to the practical skills needed for confined and open water diving.

Sports lecturer Stuart Carrington organised the partnership after discovering a passion for the sport while on holiday.

“The resort is very close to the college – I can see their offices from my window,” he said. “Through this partnership we are now Berkshire’s only educational facility for PADI diving.”

Campbell Christie, the college’s principal, added: “As a former diving officer in the Royal Navy, I know how much diving develops self-confidence, leadership, teamwork and camaraderie as well as a sense of wonder for the underwater world.”

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