Twelve ocean lovers recently participated in a scuba diving weekend in the Netherlands, organized by The Black Fish en Het Duikhuis to learn all about underwater investigations. Jack Wootton and Natalie Wolton – both very active volunteers for The Black Fish in England – were among the participants. They can’t wait to get back into the water!
Everyone did a number of indoor dives and then went on to do four open water dives in freshwater. “I have always wanted to do my PADI, as I love the aquatic world”, says Jack. “I believe having this skill will open up more opportunities for me and allow me to help The Black Fish in future events such as underwater cleanups.”
The group was led by Shirley Butter, instructor at Het Duikhuis. Het Duikhuis and The Black Fish found each other when Het Duikhuis was looking for an organization that helps protect the oceans and the Black Fish was looking for a diving centre to work with. Shirley had a great weekend teaching the ocean lovers. “It was amazing to work with such passionate people.”
Both Jack and Natalie can’t wait to go diving again. “The first day out of the water I was just itching to get back in”, Natalie explains. “The participants from the UK are going to frequently meet to dive together and organize some of our own underwater cleanups as well as explorations. We are planning on making some dives within the next month and it will be a frequent occurrence. We also all want to stick together and progress to the next course in PADI diving, hopefully with Het Duikhuis again. There’s no stopping us now!”