Scuba Diving section
King Edward's School has a strong programme of sub-aqua diving. Since 2007 the school has run annual scuba diving expeditions, usually under the aegis of the Combined Cadet Force whose staff run the Scuba programme. Our teaching staff include an Open Water Instructor, a Divemaster, and several other qualified divers, two of whom are progressing to the Rescue Diver level this year. In July 2016, the School diving expedition will be to Gozo in the Maltese Islands, which we have visited regularly.
Our programme begins each academic year with the chance for members of the fourth year (Year 10) to experience a 'try-dive' in the School swimming pool with instructors from a local Scuba school. If they like it, they can move on to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Diver course (we are running two of these in 2016), which qualifies them to dive to 18m with a buddy. However, they are only beginners at this stage, and we offer a number of local trips and experiences to boost their experience, as well as the annual Dive-ex which is the highlight of the year.
KES turns out between eight and sixteen qualified divers a year, and also accommodates those who have trained elsewhere but wish to further their experience. Two of our recent students are now Divemasters, and many have continued their diving at university and beyond.