Marine Biology Summer Camp

The weather gods were on our side again for the Marine Biology summer camp. The camp is run by Dr Sarah Varian and her enthusiastic team at Marine Dimensions, they are a social enterprise dedicated to marine environmental education, research and conservation based in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

We have been helping out with the water activities for the last few years and the course continues to get better every year. For this camp we thought the teenagers the basics of snorkelling in the warm Shoreline pool in Bray.

This involved:

1. DVD of the theory and safety of snorkelling/scuba diving
2. Equipment use
3. Correct breathing
4. Efficient finning
5. Duck diving though underwater hoola hoops
6. Underwater hockey

We also took some teenagers on a discover scuba diving experience in the pool. The nerves of the first few breaths underwater did not last long as they soon relaxed and couldn’t get enough of it, I could barely drag them out of the water at the end of the hour! Getting used to your first scuba experience can start out very clumsy but by the end of the session they were gliding gracefully through the hoola hoops and doing underwater somersaults.

summer camp

The next day was the big show at Sandycove and it did not disappoint. The sun shone and the water was toasty. The marine life was out in abundance and before we even go into the water there were excited yelps for the seals swimming around the bay.

If you know of anyone interested in joining the next biology camp just give Sarah a shout on Twitter or Facebook for more information.