Downtown School S.C.U.B.A. Experience ‘Epic!’

Andrew Milner, 10.

Andrew Milner, 10.

It was a first for Downtown School today when 32 kids put on S.C.U.B.A. gear and explored the bottom of Central’s pool.

Andrew Milne, 10, said it was neat to see things from a different perspective.

“Imagine you’re the fish inside the fish tank,” Milne said. “That’s what it’s like.”

In collaboration with the Heartland Area Education Agency, teachers Tracey Donovan and Teri Arbogast brought in S.C.U.B.A. instructors and five volunteer lifeguards from Roosevelt and Lincoln.  Donovan said the AEA was looking for an opportunity to blog with students.  When an AEA instructor suggested a good first blog experience might be taking the kids underwater, Donovan said she and Arbogast couldn’t say no.

“We just jumped at the chance,” Donovan said.

Downtown Principal John Johnson watched from the side of the pool.

“It’s a wonderful experience for them,” said Johnson.  “It’s an opportunity for the students to get a feel for jobs in Marine Biology.”  Jobs they can further explore in their high school career at Central Campus.

The S.C.U.B.A. experience was an entry event for the class.  They will create blogs about their experience, add photos and learn more about S.C.U.B.A. in the coming weeks.

Water still dripping from his hair, Milne said he’s excited to learn more and can’t wait to go into the water again.

“Epic!” he said.  “That’s the perfect word for it.  Epic!”

Photos of S.C.U.B.A. experience

Video of Downtown School Scuba Diving

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