Nine young Palauans have become certified divers in Palau Pledge’s second dive camp. Of the nine, six were certified PADI Junior Open Water divers, and three were certified PADI Open Water divers.
Following a successful first dive camp earlier in the summer, the participants were enrolled in the diving course over the weekends, including Friday after a half day of school. After being certified, the nine young divers went on their very first official dive at German Channel and Big Drop Off.
In partnership with Sam’s Tours, the dive camp aims to spark the youth’s interest and appreciation for our marine ecosystem. With their dive certification, they are able to safely explore the waters and see the pristine environment that our country continues to strive to conserve.
To date there have been 30 young participants certified. The team is now creating opportunities with partner Sam’s Tours to take advantage of the regular half day Friday for the dive excursions.
The participants were able to complete their dive courses and become certified divers at no cost courtesy of the generous donors to the dive camp. Donors include: HE President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Senate President Hokkons Baules, Senate Floor Leader Kerai Mariur, Senator Frank Kyota, Senator Regis Akitaya, Senator Rukebai Inabo, Senator Stevenson Kuartei, House of Delegates Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, Delegate Noah Kemesong, Surangels & Sons Co., and West Caroline Trading Co.