April 22, 2004: A classroom in the sea

      Thursday, April 22, 2004
      Contact: Program manager, Rose Moon
      Tel: 604.885.4144

      (SECHELT, B.C.)—Imagine traveling the world, swimming its oceans, and being paid in the process! The new Scuba Dive Instructor program at Capilano College’s Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt, B.C. uses the ocean as the classroom and offers the beach as a future office.

      “This is a great career path for people who are adventurous, love fun, the sun, and outdoor activities in general,” says program manager, Rose Moon. “Plus, there will be plenty of career and educational opportunities once the course is completed.”

      Only 32 students will be accepted into the eight-month certificate program, which begins in September 2004 and runs full-time until April 2005. Upon its completion, graduates will be qualified to teach scuba diving worldwide. They will experience 100 dives as they explore the scenic Sunshine Coast. The late renowned adventurer, Jacques Cousteau, ranked this diving location as the third best in the world. Students will also take six courses through the College’s Outdoor Recreation Management department, including a three-week tropical dive practicum in Mexico.

      “Applicants will need to be comfortable in and around the water,” Moon says, “but there is no requirement for previous scuba experience.”

      At some point, graduates of this program may decide to go back to school and use their dive program credits towards a Capilano College Outdoor Recreation or Business diploma or Business or Tourism degree.

      Career options include teaching scuba at world-class tourism resort destinations or with cruise lines, or working in a variety of aquatic and tourism-related settings. Through their studies, practicum and traveling, students and graduates will make important contacts that can help them find employment or open the doors to an entirely new career.

      “They could easily end up being hired by the resorts they are working for to manage their aquatic or recreation program, or eventually work into the management of the resort itself,” Moon explains. “They could also become self-employed, operating their own scuba dive or tourism-related business. The options are endless.”

      For more information, call 604.885.4144, or 604.885.9310, local 5909, or e-mail dive@capilanou.ca

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