THE BATTLEFORDS — According to a Battlefords Scuba Community news release, for the last decade, BSC has offered scuba sessions to high schools in the region at no charge to students, with the support of many organizations and agencies.
Since the Discover Scuba for High Schools program began, more than 1,800 students from 45 communities have taken part in the program from Buffalo Narrows, Debden, Rosetown, Lloydminster, and many other communities between them, with a number of those students coming back for further training.
The club would like to thank the organizations and agencies that have funded the club’s high-school program, which would not has been possible without assistance from BATC, the city of North Battleford, the town of Battleford, the SaskTel Foundation, the Sask. Underwater Council and the 2018 Sask Winter Games Legacy Foundation.
Together, these agencies have contributed more than $70,000 towards the BSC.
And in expressing their appreciation, the club held a Celebrity Discover Scuba event on Nov. 27. The event was also held to connect community members with representatives from these organizations so that they are able to understand the intricacies of scuba diving.
This year, Mayor Ames Leslie represented the town of Battleford and BATC, Dustin Bohse represented the 2018 Sask. Winter Games Legacy Foundation and Pamela Connor and Chris Odishaw represented the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce.
“[Scuba] is more than just strapping a tank on one’s back and jumping into the water. It was especially important for the representatives to see what an impact their funds had,” the release reads.
Event organizers stated they were pleased with the turnout and participation, saying the response of those participating was extremely positive.