MGS Scuba Diving Club is an official BSAC Special Branch Club
Formed in 2008, the Club trained teachers and parents who already had some diving experience towards instructor level and in 2009 Club members all qualified as BSAC Ocean Divers and Sports Divers with some also having completed PADI Open Water qualifications.
In September 2009, the Club opened up diving to interested boys from Year 9 upwards. Non-divers have the option to complete a try dive before their full membership application is accepted to ensure that the sport is one they feel comfortable with.
The Club has a broad impact on improving a student's skill sets, including greater opportunities under the D of E award scheme; the Club is hoping to include diving during school trips.
The Club is currently raising money for equipment including training AED, an air compressor, spares, cleaning kit, and additional scuba-sets and actively seeking parental support.
To some, lying on the bottom of a chilly lake North of Manchester may sound like something out of a horror movie. To others it’s an adventure and a chance to witness some of the great wildlife that British waters has to offer.
Scuba diving is an activity you can do all over the world and no matter where you are every dive will be different: the famous reefs on the Great Barrier Reef host an endless variety of coral, Egyptian waters have some incredible giant turtles while British waters can offer you the chance to dive alongside baby seals, rays and even sharks.
The MGS Scuba Diving Club is a very close group of people who all have a wide range of diving experience: from total beginners to qualified instructors.
In our first year (2008–2009) the Club focused on ensuring we had a group of qualified divers so as a club we could make full use of the 15 full sets of diving equipment the school had generously helped us to pay for. Most of the boys from the first year have now passed their BSAC Open Water qualification, allowing them to dive to 20m anywhere in the world. This is a huge benefit of doing such a course: these boys can now walk into any diving shop in the world and go diving; the qualifications are globally recognised.
Scuba Diving is the chance of a lifetime, very few schools offer such a specialised and unique activity, and diving in school means all those who you dive with are your age.
Anybody who is interested in joining or finding out more should look for Dr Byrne or Mrs Curry.
Michael Fusi (Qualified as a BSAC Ocean and Sports diver at MGS)
If any parent or pupil would like to become involved with the Club please get in touch with any of those listed below:
Chairman Mr Neeraj Takiar
Secretary Dr Jane Byrne
Equipment Officer Mrs Terri James
Diving Assistant Amy Curry
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