Scuba Training for Schools
For many years Scuba Travel have organised School Trips, giving students the opportunity to experience the underwater world at first hand. Using the universally educationally acclaimed PADI system, participants earn a qualification that they can use in the future anywhere in the world. In addition they have participated in an activity that encourages awareness or the fragile marine environment, develops co-operation through the buddy system, and hones both motor and academic skills in a real like environment. Most of all they have a lot of fun.
Due to ever increasing demand Scuba Travel have teamed up with SMG scuba, a company that specialises in scuba training for schools. We are now able to offer a complete schedule including initially training at the school or local pool, as well as continued instruction and supervision on the holiday.
SMG Scuba specialises in scuba courses and experiences for schools and higher education establishments.
We appreciate that every school has unique needs and we endeavour through consultation and detailed planning to ensure whether undertaking domestic Scuba training or overseas Scuba trips that we provide fulfilling, enjoyable and above all safe experiences.
Through our colleagues at Scuba Travel our school holiday packages are custom designed for each school to ensure that students and staff receive the best possible experience."
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I wanted my teenage children to add to their diving skills through further training and guided leisure dives in a more challenging environment. A Red Sea live-aboard seemed ideal. SMG made all arrangements (flights, transfers, on-board PADI training and hire equipment) and accompanied us throughout the trip. Local representatives in Sharm el Sheikh ensured that passage through immigration and customs on arrival and departure was hassle-free and that coach transfers were comfortable. The boat was well maintained by a friendly and helpful crew and knowledgeable guides. SMG‘s training was to the expected high standard contributing to a rewarding and safe diving experience.
John, Caterham School parent from Cyclone August 2014
During the Easter 2014 break a group of seventeen students, ranging from Year 9-12, from Worth School embarked upon a week long scuba diving expedition to the Red Sea organised and supervised by SMG Scuba. Most of the students had learned to dive with SMG Scuba and this trip enabled them to try out their skills in the wild for the first time. Students were also able to complete their PADI Advanced Open Water certification during the week. The group lived aboard a top of the range dive boat for the duration and were treated to some wonderful hospitality by the local crew. Our experience took in the stunning coral reefs of the Ras Mohammed National Park, a19th century wreck, some exhilarating night dives and a PADI conservation project which entailed us clearing a specific area of rubbish from the sea bed; anything likely to endanger the local marine life. During the week we saw a vast range of marine life and were privileged to swim with Giant Moray Eels, enormous Hawksbill Turtles, rays, and of course ‘Nemo’ himself, not to mention a White-Tipped Reef Shark which some of us were lucky enough to spot. This the first dive expedition for the school and we are already planning another for the future. It was the trip of a lifetime for the students and the whole experience was unforgettable mainly due to the excellent organisation and thorough preparation by SMG Scuba. We were looked after incredibly well throughout and the attention to detail in the dive preparations, courses and general administration was first class. I cannot recommend SMG Scuba highly enough for a school expedition such as this and we shall certainly be asking them to take us again
Julian Williams -
Director of the Wider Curriculum
| Worth School
has run several scuba diving courses for us and the children always come away
from them buzzing! He hits absolutely the right balance between the importance
of safety and the importance of having good old fashioned fun!
Toby Wright, St Edmunds School?
Simon Gray is professional, approachable and a very effective teacher in and out of the pool. He gathered up a group of pupils from different ethnic backgrounds
and with different confidence levels. He patiently gave them the confidence to
succeed. Each and every pupil had a good experience and achieved all he had
assured them they would.
Evelyn Guest (head of senior school) City of London Freemans school?
Simon Gray has run courses at Tonbridge School Centre for the past 18 months, during term-time and
school holidays. The courses have certainly been popular with children and the
feedback received from children and their parents about Simon and the course
content/structure has always been outstanding. Simon is patient, organised and
reliable and the popularity of the courses is a testament to his
professionalism and experience
Carly Culshaw, Programming & Development Manager Tonbridge School sports centre
“We joined the SMG party on board the Cyclone out of Sharm El Sheik for our first live-aboard diving trip in August 2014. The trip took in some of the best reef and wreck diving in the Red Sea from the comfortable surroundings and superb hospitality of our Egyptian hosts. We were all impressed with the the quality and cleanliness of the cabins and the communal areas and the excellent facilities for diving. The girls both completed their AOW and Nitrox course under Simon’s experienced and watchful eye and enjoyed many new experiences including drift, night, deep and wreck diving. Highlights included three dives on the famous Thistlegorm Wreck and the chance to dive with dolphins near Sha’ab Abu Nuhas/Bluff Point. All in all a fabulous experience and definitely one to be repeated ... we may even take our (non-diving) Mum next time!
Anna (13) Lou (17) and Andy (well over 21!)
Parents/Students from Caterham School
We have used SMG scuba to run an Open Water Course, initially at school and culminating in the Open Water Dives at Wrasbury Lake.
This ultimately lead to a weeks Liveaboard trip on the Whirlwind in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt.
Here, pupils completed their Advance Open Water Qualification and their Nitrox Speciality within the stunning setting of the Red Sea.
Simon and his team (especially Claire) were superb. They were excellent with the pupils; calm, patient and wholly professional.
All pupils (and teachers) had a wonderful time and we will continue to use SMG scuba for more scuba training as well as running a similar trip to Egypt in the near future.
Ewan Bramhall, Teacher and trip organiser City of London Freeman's School