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July 19, 2012

Shimla school is first to introduce scuba diving in India

     Shimla: Shimla's Bishop Cotton School has become the first school in India to introduce scuba diving for students. The 150-year-old school would provide the basic training of bubble making to junior students. Archana Sardana, the first Indian woman master trainer for scuba diving, along with her team has started the basic training course for the students, aged 8 to 10 years. Interacting with reporters, Sardana said, “Scuba can be started at the age of 8. I thought it is better bringing it to school. From age 8 to 10 years you can do in swimming pool. My kids are studying in the Bishop Cotton; two years back my kids did the basic course. I thought I my kids can do why other kids can’t do.” School students expressed pride over the achievement. “I am feeling proud about my school. My mother is the first Indian woman to do scuba diving. My father gave me the idea for scuba diving. First I went to the Andamans for my dive, then I went to Bangalore for my confined diving and again I went to Andaman and did open water series,” Aayush, one of the students and Archana’s son, said. R.C. Robinson, the school headmaster, said the idea behind the initiative was to be the first school in the state to provide scuba training. “We have started the bobble maker course for boys of age 8,9 and 10. If these boys get out of the fear of water, they would be able to do the open sea diving courses. This is a take off point to the other school to try,” Robinson added.
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