Jan 27, 2009
Diving deep: Students explore mysterious waters
by Anthony Barone, News Reporter
Adventure seekers who missed the first opportunity for scuba lessons will soon have another opportunity to acquire and practice scuba diving skills.
The two-week course, taught by Master Scuba Diving Instructor J.D. Emerson, will be held at the LaHaye Student Center Pool at North Campus.
Sessions will be held at LaHaye on Feb. 17, 19, 24 and 26 with open-water classes Feb. 28 and March 1.
They are also getting ready for their upcoming written and physical examination.
Each session has taught students a variety of diving skills in a controlled environment while preparing them to dive in the outdoors.
“My family has taken lessons on cruises before,” Ryan Preacher said. “This is much more informative and in-depth.”
Emerson has been a diving instructor for 30 years and owns and operates BCXtreme sports in Danville, Va.
BCXtreme sells scuba equipment, plans trips and organizes classes.
“It’s been an awesome experience that I’ll never forget,” Associate Director of Facilities and Aquatics Joshua Goodman said.
The classes are part of the Ultimate LU initiative, which provides students with recreation opportunities outside of the classroom.
“When you go fishing, you get the fish that bites,” Emerson said. “With (scuba diving), you can pick the fish you want.”
Emerson hopes to have the class approved and accredited for this fall.
Other necessary equipment includes oxygen tanks, regulators, wetsuits, gloves and weights, which are provided, according to the Liberty Journal.
A doctor must approve students before they can participate.
The course costs a total of $450. A $50 deposit is required to sign up for the class.
For more information or to register for the course, inquire at the front desk at the LaHaye Student Center, or contact Josh Goodman at email@example.com or call (434) 592-3281.
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