The Bluereefdivers Scuba Academy is a Jakaranda Kinderhuis initiative, which commenced in March 2010.
In conjunction with Bluereefdivers we aim to develop the skills and the self-esteem of some of the 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 Kinderhuis 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 Kinderhuis
The Jakaranda Kinderhuis 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 Children’s Home’s initiatives to assist us in obtaining these objectives.
The Jakaranda Kinderhuis 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 Kinderhuis.
The first 12 divers were chosen and trained during April 2010. Huge success was 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
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 Kinderhuis, 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 Kinderhuis.
The project will be spearheaded by a management committee comprising experienced individuals form the Jakaranda Kinderhuis. 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 Kinderhuis.
Sponsors names/logos will receive exposure on the Jakaranda Kinderhuis website and 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.
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.
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.