In April 2015, Felix Fund supported and funded a week of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) diving qualification courses. L/Cpl Fisher, L/Cpl Phillips and L/Cpl Kinninmonth reported back to us on the trip:
During April 2015, 11 personnel from Yankee Troop at Ammunition Technical Support Group were deployed on Ex. Dragon Diver in Malta in order to complete PADI qualifications. Nine of us took the PADI Open Water course, one did the PADI Rescue Diver course and another did a PADI Dive Master course.
Each course started with classroom-based lessons on the theory behind the skills needed to become a qualified diver. The open water course started with confined dives in a swimming pool at the dive resort, where basic skills were taught, after which nine of us progressed to diving in the open water while the other two personnel completed scenarios and advanced skills covering search and rescue of personnel and how to manage individuals at a dive site. During the week, we completed various types of dives including reef, wreck and cavern – and a deep dive for the two personnel doing the more advanced courses.
Everyone agreed that their favourite type of dive was the wrecks. These were the HMS Maori, at the depth of 14 metres, and the P29 German Minesweeper, at the depth of 35 metres, where we saw an array of habitats and aquatic life, including octopi and a shoal of barracuda!
Without support and funding from the Felix Fund this trip of a lifetime would not have been available to us and we would not have attained these invaluable qualifications. The group would like to thank to the charity and to express the hope that this encourages more groups to participate in events like this.