Scuba Academy

Introduction

The Bluereefdivers Scuba Academy is a Jakaranda Children’s Home initiative, which commenced in March 2010.

 In conjunction with Bluereefdivers we aim to develop the skills and the self-esteem of some of the Jakaranda Children’s Home’s scholars over a period of three years. The project raises awareness of the importance of protecting the aquatic environment, teach its participants about nature, and generates more caring attitudes towards the environment.

 

The Bluereefdivers Scuba Academy Key Objectives

Children with scuba diving skills and qualifications can secure a future in this diverse industry. Skills development as well as an increased awareness of the importance of aquatic conservation is two of the fundamental objectives.

 The Scuba Academy aspires to achieve a paradigm shift in the minds of the learners to care more for the environment and to teach the learners about the many ways that they can make a difference. We incorporate the conservation principles of Project AWARE, an international conservation initiative, in its training material to help teach the learners about the importance of conservation.

 Traditionally, learners at the Jakaranda Children’s Home are less trusting of people and circumstances due to their past experiences. Scuba diving is underlined by a system of trust, which the academy aims to instill in the heats of these young learners.

 

A glance at the Jakaranda Children’s Home

The Jakaranda Children’s Home is a community-based project that is managed by a board of directors comprising members from the community. The Home is partly subsidized by the government.

The children, which age from 3 to 18 years, have been place in the Home’s care by the Children’s Court on the grounds of the Childcare Act. After a child has been placed in our care, it is our vision and responsibility to care for, clothe, feed, protect and to develop the child to his/her full potential. The Scuba academy is one of the Jakaranda Children’s’ Home’s initiatives to assist it in obtaining these objectives.

 

Mission

The Jakaranda Children’s Home strives to dismiss the developmental hindrances that its children have experienced and introduce them to a wide range of opportunities, develop their skills, and aid them in reaching their full potential. This will enable the children to act as responsible adults when they leave the Home.

 

Bluereefdivers Scuba Academy Operations

The academy uses scuba diving instruction as an avenue to skill its learners in a field that will potentially provide them with employment opportunities once they leave the security of the Jakaranda Children’s Home.

 The first 12 divers were chosen and trained during April 2010. Huge success were obtained with kids becoming scuba instructors

The children undergo swim training before they commence their entry-level scuba diving course. The diving course includes theoretical training, swimming pool dives, lake dives and sea dives.

Once the scholars have obtained their Open Water certification, the newly qualified divers are evaluated and selected to receive advanced scuba diving training during the following year.

 After the advanced training is complete, the divers who show a keen aptitude for a specialized career in diving will be further selected to receive focused training in the area that best suits them individually.

 Specialist training will take place the following year, thereby completing the 3-year scuba diving program.

The spectrum of specialist training is broad and can include National Geographic Diver, AWARE Fish Identification, Coral Reef Conservation, Underwater Naturalist, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Digital Underwater Photography, Underwater Videographer, and many more.

 In the ever-growing diving industry, employment opportunities for divers, whether entry-level certified or specialist divers are broad. Bluereefdivers Academy, with its sizeable network, will help its learners to find employment after their departure from the Jakaranda Children’s Home.

 

The Academy in Conjunction with Project AWARE

Project AWARE is an international conservation initiative managed by the Project AWARE Foundation. The foundation is the scuba diving industry’s leading non-profit environmental organization and is dedicated to the conservation of the aquatic ecosystems.

Project AWARE focuses on education, advocacy and action in its efforts to preserve the underwater environment.

The Bluereefdivers Scuba Academy incorporates the following subject matter from Project AWARE in its training programs:

  • The ocean commons and coastal zone issue
  • Fisheries challenges and sustainability
  • Coral environment overview and inhabitant
  • The role of the scuba diver in protecting aquatic environments

 

Differentiating Factors

The Bluereefdivers Scuba Academy provides sponsors with unique opportunities to make a difference in the lives of orphans and destitute children by helping to secure a future in the diving industry. Sponsors also benefit from the in-direct participation in marine clean-ups, data collection and overall marine conservation.

We aim to achieve our objectives by involving companies, private individuals, as well as representatives of the diving industry in this exciting initiative by offering the following benefits:

 

Established Community Brand

As an initiative for the Jakaranda Children’s Home, the Bluereefdivers Scuba Academy project provides sponsors the security of an established community-based brand and will conduct its fund-raising activities under the auspices of the Jakaranda Children’s Home.

 

Expert Management

The project will be spearheaded by a management committee comprising experienced individuals form the Jakaranda Children’s Home. The committee’s responsibilities will include the overall management of its sponsors’ participation in the project, as well as planning and conducting the project, as well as planning and conducting the project’s overall fundraising initiatives.

 All funding will be managed by the Jakaranda Children’s Home.

 

Marketing Exposure

Sponsors names/logos will receive exposure on the Jakaranda Children’s Home website an in the company newsletters. Branding opportunities will also be available to companies at fundraising events in the form of banners and branded collateral, applicable to the type of fundraising function.

 

Feedback and Information

Sponsors will receive regular updates and ongoing feedback by the managing committee pertaining the progress of the scuba academy, including all the latest news and events.

 

Become Involved

We invite you to participate in this developmental program. Opportunities include the provision of diving gear, sea life posters, aquatic books, informative DVD’s, medical supplies, and funding. For additional opportunities, please contact a Bluereefdivers or the Children’s home representative.

 

Aim

Our purpose with the Scuba project is to develop skills and self-esteem, while raising awareness of the importance of protecting the aquatic environment and learning more about nature.

By obtaining certain skills through scuba diving and qualifying up to a certain level, a child can secure a future with ample job opportunities in this fast-growing industry

 

 

 

GET INVOLVED

Frans Burger

EMAIL: 

info@brdivers.co.za 

MOBILE: +2782 453 8694

 

Gary Van Veenhuyzen

EMAIL:   

marketing@jacarandachildren.co.za

OFFICE: 012 800 4700

 

Project Sponsors & Partners

For more information contact our marketing department:

 

Gary Van Veenhuyzen
Multidisciplinary Development Centre - MDDC
Tel: 012 - 800 4700
Mobile: 073 844 9994
Email: marketing@jacarandachildren.co.za

 

Ancha Smuts
Louis Botha Children's Home
Tel: 012 - 333 6184
Mobile: 083 230 8366 (08:00 - 17:00)
Email: asmuts@louisbothachildren.co.ca