Dive Talk in Hondoq
Information Session for Students Attending San Lawrenz Summer Fun Club
On Wednesday morning a group of students from San Lawrenz Summer Fun Club had a dive talk delivered to them by Doris, a diving instructress from Blue Waters Dive Cove.
Doris described her job to the group and outlined the precautions that need to be taken when going on a dive. The students were kept on their toes by being asked constant questions during the talk. San Lawrenz’s close proximity to Dwejra Bay means that these children frequent the area quite often. On a visit to Dwejra, the sight of divers preparing their diving equipment before they submerge into the blue sea is almost a fixture. Perhaps this is why most of the students were familiar with the diving equipment shown by the lecturer.
None of the students had ever been for a dive and many seemed quite interested in what the underwater world actually looks like. Questions were fired by the students in attendance and the instructress duly answered. Further information was given about the ecological importance of the species found in our seas.
The talk then revolved around the importance of conserving the marine environment, where the hazards of overfishing and littering were described. The instructress brought to the fore the worrying fact that sea turtles have decreased drastically from our seas. This is all down to illegal fishing and plastic bags in our waters. Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and suffocate to death after ingesting them.
Glen, the liveliest of the group, told his peers that when he’s at the beach he always disposes of his rubbish in the bins made available. If there are no bins on the beach, Glen said that he takes his rubbish back home to make proper disposal of it. His fellow mates all nodded in agreement with Glen.
Doris concluded her talk by explaining the economic importance of the sea to our islands. A lot of tourists visit Gozo just for the surrounding sea. Not taking care of our seas will eventually jeopardise the tourism industry upon which many livelihoods depend.
All students pledged to be extra careful when at the beach and to make sure that their beach visits do not affect the environment negatively. Moreover, most of the students said that they will go for a try-dive in the future when they are old enough. Not Peter though, the 6-year-old voiced his fears that he’d never resurface from the underwater. The instructress reiterated that, when all rules are followed, diving is a pretty safe sport. Peter still didn’t look particularly sure. Perhaps he’ll change his mind in four years’ time when he reaches the legal age to go diving.