Belize Diving Adventure

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  • Date: Wednesday 6th October 2010
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During the summer leave period ten Young Officer’s from Britannia Royal Naval College, a number of whom are members of the BA, took advantage of the fantastic opportunity to spend three weeks at the British Forces Adventure Training Centre on St George’s Caye, Belize. All had sufficient diving experience to allow them to work towards their Sports Diver or Dive Leader qualification, indeed five had spent the Easter leave learning to dive at Fort Bovisand.

The expedition leader was BA member Jez Spring who is part of the University of Plymouth at BRNC academic staff. He successfully applied for a grant from the Britannia Association to purchase tour shirts for the entire group.  “It may seem a somewhat trivial item to many people but the group travelled in the shirts, which eased our passage through airports and on one occasion definitely saved us missing our connecting flight” he explained.

Throughout their time in Belize the Young Officers and six accompanying staff conducted theoretical and practical training in rescue skills, beach rescue and resuscitation as well as carrying out dive planning and marshalling duties. The final week included planned decompression dives plus a two-day mini-expedition out to the Blue Hole where all the group divers dived to the maximum depth allowed by their qualification, namely 35 or 50 metres.

Sub Lieutenant Lucy Ashton, a new member of the BA,was one of the team and commented “having the chance to dive in warm clear waters, being able to look at the beautiful coral formations and marine life was quite simply brilliant.”

Taking full advantage of the Adventure Training Centre in Belize the team also had a non-diving activity to get involved with, namely sailing, wind-surfing and kayaking. Young Officers and staff all came away with either RYA qualifications or a Joint Surface Kayaking Foundation Award.

“Everyone involved with the expedition was thrilled to have the opportunity to dive in this beautiful part of the world,” said Jez Spring. “For the Young Officers there was not only the diving experience but also a chance to develop their leadership, managerial and organisational skills in a challenging, unfamiliar and adventurous environment”

 

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