And the diving begins!!!

For the past week, the Schoobents of Lyons Community School have been tutored on the science involved in scuba diving.  This past Saturday, they got to see that science in action as we held our first pool session and they got their first taste of compressed air.

The day started out with a pre-dive tutoring session at the local pizza shop. We made our own seltzer and discussed some of the similar science involved in scuba diving.

Pre-dive tutoring session at Tri-Color Pizza

Making seltzer

The rest of the crew joined us, and we began our journey to the Island of Manhattan.  We took the  L train to 1st Avenue and made the walk (a long and cold one) to the health club at Waterside Plaza, where our pool and scuba equipment were waiting.  We took this pic under the highway.

To what lengths will we go for Schooba? ...14 blocks in the freezing cold with a whole lot of heavy equipment didn't stop us.

We finally got to the pool, changed into our swim trunks, and tested the water.  Thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors (Cressi, Predator Power Fins, and DarkFin Gloves), the kids had plenty of awesome gear to mess around with.

Juan and Rolman testing the water with some DarkFin Gloves on.

"Hey, Raul, can you help me with this mask?"

Jesus and Michelle swimming laps

Jesus and Lassana hangin out Schooba style

Lassana with the DarkFins

Jed, a radio reporter, came to document the event.

Jed getting the inside scoop from Lassana

Taking a moment to chat with the radio man!

The gear was setup and it was time to scuba!!

There was a short briefing before getting in the water ... Look at that laser attention!

Jed listens in on the briefing

Lassana takes his first breath off of the SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus)

Jesus' turn

I think Rolman is having fun.

Juan and Rolman talking scuba

Science through SCUBA!

Chillin' underwater

Juan tells Jed about his experience with SCUBA

The Schooba scene

Big thanks to all who came down to help out.  On hand were extra dive instructors, a videographer, a photographer, a radio reporter, and a whole bunch of other responsible and caring adults.  Lissa, Rob, Raul, Jamison, Danny, Jed, and of course and as always: Alyssa, Mom, and Dad.  Also, a big thank you to Oceanblue Divers for making this possible for the kids.

Here are a few unedited video clips to give you a sense of the Schooba scene:


2 Responses to “And the diving begins!!!”

  1. 1 Gidget January 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    That looks so exciting. Can’t believe how far you’ve come in such a short period of time! I know Russ was a giant part of this adventure, don’t forget about him.

    Congrats on getting your schoodents in the pool and, if you have an extra pair of fin gloves, send them my way. They look like something straight out of James Bond.

  2. 2 Zach Rome January 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks, Gidge!!

    I couldn’t possibly forget about “The Muscle”. He’s got a Schooba Academy t-shirt signed by the Schoobents coming his way.

    So far I have 6 pairs of the gloves. Come down for the next pool session on March 13th and you can test them out!!

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