Two Lower School pupils at Rydal Penrhos have taken a new-found passion and turned it into a sought-after qualification.
Harrison McKinnel and Will Rutherford, Year 7 pupils at the school, successfully completed their PADI Scuba Diving qualification over the summer, which represents a significant achievement for the 11-year-olds given their relative inexperience and tender age.
During the course, they had to take part and complete a series of tests, which culminated in an assessment dive that they managed to pass with flying colours.
Both were inspired to take the course after diving together for the first time during a swim with sharks at Blue Planet in Ellesmere Port earlier this year, and they put their new skills to good use with another unforgettable experience during the half term break.
Harrison and Will were given the opportunity to take a special dive at the Epcot Centre in Florida as part of “The Seas with Nemo and Friends” exhibition, witnessing first hand some of the extraordinary marine life on display at one of the most popular tourist attractions anywhere in the world.
Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “Both Will and Harrison instantly found a great love of diving and showed maturity beyond their years to gain their PADI qualification, which is something they can treasure forever and can even lead to coaching or employment opportunities in the future.
“These experiences will undoubtedly improve their confidence and overall development and they have been a real credit to themselves and Rydal Penrhos in general throughout their time here.”