Published on: 2 May 2019

Over 30 Christ Church boys achieved their Open Water 20 SCUBA certification recently following an expedition to the clear blue waters off Rottnest.

Conditions on the day were described as near perfect as the Year 10 Marine Studies students boarded dive boat Lion Fish IV to undertake their final open water dives.

Their first dive of the day being Crystal Palace, situated off Parker Point.

“This is a spectacular deep-water dive spot with an open-top cave formation and plenty of marine life,” explained Marine and Maritime Studies Teacher, Mr Arvi Pocock.

“With a maximum depth of 18m, this spot is ideal for the boys completing their Open Water 20 certification.”

The second dive took place at Jackson Rock to an average depth of 15m where the boys enjoyed witnessing an abundance of marine life including rays, cuttlefish and impressive coral formations.

“This spot offers an aquarium-grade dive as the variety and number of marine species is quite incredible,” said Mr Pocock.

The Marine Studies course at Christ Church is an elective subject that Senior School boys can choose to complement their core academic subjects. The course explores aspects of Marine Biology, SCUBA diving and recreational boat handling.

All boys participating in the course undertake Open Water SCUBA training and gain a Recreational Skippers Ticket (RST).