Young­sters learn their les­son

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A THIRD group of High­land chil­dren com­pleted their ‘Dol­phin Snorkeller’ course in Ul­lapool last week.

The course is a se­ries of seven lessons put to­gether by the Bri­tish Sub Aqua Club. The Scot­tish Wildlife Trust and Ul­lapool Leisure Centre have been work­ing to­gether to de­liver the train­ing to lo­cal chil­dren, en­sur­ing they gain an in­tro­duc­tion to how to snorkel safely and stay safe in the sea.

In Jan­uary, two groups of chil­dren trained in the pool. This time around, the trainees at­tended pool lessons from Mon­day to Thurs­day, then on Fri­day, High­life High­land staff and Liv­ing Seas Of­fi­cer Noel Hawkins and snorkel in­struc­tors took the young­sters into the sea be­side the vil­lage jetty. The chil­dren were put into ‘ buddy’ pairs and taught how to en­ter and exit the sea.

‘Get­ting chil­dren into the sea and see­ing the ma­rine life and habi­tat off our shores is a great way of in­tro­duc­ing them to their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment whilst hav­ing fun,’ said Noel Hawkins.

‘Of course, go­ing into the sea raises risks and safety is­sues. By train­ing in the pool first we can en­sure the young­sters are aware of what to do and how to stay safe, watch out for each other and en­joy their ex­pe­ri­ence in the sea.’

The chil­dren show off their ‘Dol­phin Snorkeller’ cer­tifi­cates.

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