I believe everyone was looking forward to the Philippines trip for a long time after talking to the Year 13's. It all started on the 24th of January. I was lucky to be able to finish the theory course online and complete the course quickly, along with 8 others, sparing us time for extra recreational dives.
It was an amazing experience underwater, from getting to see turtles as long as me, controlling my buoyancy underwater and "trying" not to hit the seabed, and collecting a lot of underwater debris.
The evenings consisted of playing board games, cards, talks about the early wrestling life and the elbow drops, and loads of fun. The visit to the school just added to our memories, as the kids were welcoming and friendly.
The run to the lighthouse was tiring, but the gorgeous view overlooking the cliff and the ocean motivated us. This adventurous journey developed 19 students to persevere and endure through the obstacles, resulting in 17 of us becoming Open Water Divers and 2 students completing their Rescue Diver's course.
In addition I developed great bonds and friendships with all the students and the teachers. The trip was outstanding and terrific and incomparable to any other previous ones.
I am delighted and grateful to be part of such an amazing journey and will miss the great times spend together with everyone in the evenings. Finally I would like to thank Ms Binnington, Mr Gamwell and Ms Horne for putting in all their time and effort in organizing such a remarkable trip.”
by Sujash Shetty 12/13T