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Workshops with RWA

The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) is “a community-based non-profit organization that works to empower the local Rockaway community to play a role in the determination of their neighborhoods, and foster an understanding of the principals of environmental justice and urban sustainability.”  They run summer programs with different schools and students, and we’ve done a few workshops with them throughout the summer.  Some pics of our first one, courtesy of RWA:

Congrats to our first cohort of certified divers!

This past weekend, Rolman, Quincy, Gideon, and Dierre completed their open water dives to become Schooba’s first cohort of fully certified scuba divers! They all received their NAUI Scuba Diver Certification, and we owe a super huge thanks to Paul Bardo and Ocean Horizons Scuba for providing fantastic instruction for the course.  Here are some pics from the weekend’s dives at Beach 8th St., Far Rockaway, Queens, NY.

Water temp = 68 degrees Fahrenheit

Visibility = 5-15 feet

Max depth = 27 feet

Ocean Horizons Scuba, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Inside the shop, about to get fitted for our gear.

Rolman's first time putting on a wetsuit.

Quincy, lookin' sharp.

Rolman, checking out the compressor.

One 7th grade science teacher you do not want to mess with.

Last stop on the A train.

Beach 8th St.

The dive site.

Gearin' up.

Gideon and the Amazing Technicolor Swim Trunks

The dive briefing

Group shot before our first dive.

Waiting for the calm of slack tide.

Rolman, about to go under.

Quincy, about to go under.

Gideon and Dierre ... about to go under.

Group shot.

Single file

(The sound of bubbles.)

Gideon is OK.

Dierre is OK, too, and is - just for a moment - going to use the "thumbs up" to communicate how awesome it is.

Starfish, mussels

Crab

Fish

Sea Robin

Spot the flounders.

Rolman, having fun and not wanting to ascend.

Crab

Quincy, a fish in water.

Lobster

Gideon and Dierre, Mentors

Quincy and Rolman, soon to be 10th grade students at Lyons Community School, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Bring on the ocean!

7/5/11, the Schoobents had their final classroom and pool session for their Naui Scuba Diver certification.  As part of the course requirements, all students must pass a 60 question exam.  I am so proud to say that all of our students passed the test and are only 4 open water dives away from getting their C-cards!  Here are some pics and a video from the day.

Review session before the big test.

Taking the big test.

Mentors included.

Butterflies, as Paul determines the fate of the Schoobents.

100% pass rate!!

Suiting up before their last pool session.

Dierre, demonstrating how you remove and replace your weight belt.

Rolman, removing his scuba unit.

And replacing it.

And giving Paul the "OK".

Pairing up to practice our tired diver tows.

Gideon and Roman getting a free ride.

Quincy, testing his muscles.

With John measuring in at a towering 6 ft. 4.3675 in., Rolman's got his work cut out for him.

And check out this video of Juan staying cool and calm and nailing his mask removal and replacement while his snorkel continues to get in the way.  Killin’ it!

The Schooba Academy’s first hopefully annual fundraiser!

Thursday, 6/30/11, The Schooba Academy held their first hopefully annual fundraiser at Pub One in Dumbo, Brooklyn.  It was a truly great event, and I feel so tremendously lucky to have such an amazing network of people supporting Schooba.  We owe a huge thank you to all of the people that came out (seriously, ALL OF YOU!  Thank you so much.), to Gideon, Jesse,  and Amanda and Paige Management for their generous donations, and to the businesses that sponsored the event: Ascend Laboratories, Kyotofu, and Westwood Pool Company.  More thanks to Sam for handling the logistics, Steph for guest bartending, and of course Mom, Dad, Rob, Britt, Yosh, Adam, and Alyssa.  None of this would have been possible without you.

The good news is it isn’t over!  We’re giving away two final prizes via an online silent auction.  Click the link below to bid on a brand new K2 Morrow Radium Snowboard and a package of 6 microdermabrasion skin treatments from SLEEK MedSpa!  All bids must be placed by 8:00 PM, July 14, 2011.

The Schooba Academy – Online Silent Auction

And now some pics from the night!

Our official sign.

The support crew, in uniform.

Best cupcakes ever!! Thank you, Kyotofu!!

Making the trip from Connecticut!! ... Yes, that is a zooplankton ecologist on the left.

Manning the door ... womanning the door?

Setting up the movie theater. Thank you Joe and Pete!

Makin' money!

Adam, ensuring the bathrooms are up to Schooba standards.

Juan and Rolman, hanging out in matching shirts.

The vibe.

Win it here!

Schooba's NY Director of Things Related to Computers

"Would you like that Manhattan with bourbon, Canadian whiskey, or rye?"

Schooba Mentors, looking cool.

Every picture ever taken at any Schooba event on slideshow.

Let the raffle begin!

Pretty much the coolest prize ever.

Schoobent caught wearing ocean themed pins!

We spotted this Schoobent in the hallways last week rocking fish/whale pins!

"You kidding me!? I represent fish like every day." - Rolman G.

5/8 Pool Session

This post is coming a bit delayed, but have a look at some pics from our latest pool session on Sunday, 5/8.  Super huge thanks to Ocean Horizons Scuba and St. Francis College for helping to make it happen.

The pool at St. Francis College

13 Feet deep!!

Juan starting his certification! 1:1 ratio with his instructor, Paul Bardo of Ocean Horizons!

Nyell getting ready for her first underwater experience!

About to take that first breath.

Taking that first breath.

Swimmin'

And chillin' ...underwater!

"Wearing your mask on your forehead is considered a sign of distress. To avoid any confusion, you can put it in the cool position. Here, I'll model it for you." - Zach

Some abstract art from resident Schooba photographer, G'Imani.

Schooba partners with Ocean Horizons Scuba!

Ocean Horizons Scuba is Brooklyn’s premier scuba shop, offering instruction from entry level to instructor certification.  They’ll be hooking us up (big time!!) for our in-water training which will take place at St. Francis College in their 13 foot pool!  Super huge thanks for all of your support!

Check ‘em out:

www.oceanhorizonscuba.com


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