Halfway through the summer, there are still many smiling students itching to get into Bermuda's beautiful waters. Surrounded by the ocean every day, they have many questions about what it holds and has to offer as it is part of their everyday lives. Here at BIOS, the Waterstart program allows students to further their scuba diving skills as well as their education and awareness in marine science.
She then goes on to say how Waterstart has changed her outlook on Bermuda's oceans and how it has changed her attitude towards diving into the deep blue, "However, through this camp I've come to absolutely love it. I've gone from a nervous person who used to run away from water whenever she saw something strange, to a whole different curious person who now dives in and explores. It has definitely changed me for the better."
Waterstart students have been able to observe a diverse range of Bermuda's dive sites and marine life. This has appeared to be an essential component in the students' enjoyment at the camp. "I have learnt a lot of interesting things from JP Skinner about marine life. That's what I like about it, it's not just a scuba diving course, it's an all around marine science course."
When asked what she thought about Waterstart a student gushed, “I really enjoyed learning how to scuba dive with Waterstart. It is really fun and I have learnt so much about Bermuda's ecosystem," while another exclaimed, "I'm definitely coming back next year!"
Students have not only been working toward their scuba certification, but have been learning about Bermuda's ocean and ecosystems and have been made more aware of the problems that our island and the world is facing today. Many of them explained how they had no idea about how the grave impacts of man-made environmental disruptions such as global warming, excessive amounts of trash and plastics, and how overall pollution can effect the ocean's ecosystem as a whole. However, when they came to BIOS for the program they were so much more informed.
-Blog by Sophia Collis and Alice Graham-Welton
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