Charity opens up shark dive to juniors

Charity opens up shark dive to juniors
Charity opens up shark dive to juniors

Charity opens up shark dive to juniors

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is opening up registration for a charity shark dive to juniors after an adult dive proved extremely popular.

Having been inundated with enquiries for their Adult Shark Dive, being held at the Blue Planet Aquarium, in Elsmere Port, on Saturday 20th June, 2020, the charity has chosen to give children and young people, aged 8-15, the opportunity to swim with the aquariums fearsome looking sharks.

The Junior Shark Dive will take place in Blue Planet’s Ocean Tank at 8.30am on Saturday 27th June, 2020.

The dive will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.

Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people, of all ages, to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.

“We’ve had so many enquires about our adult shark dive and a number of those who have contacted us have asked if their children could take part,” said Kate Sherwin from Caudwell Children. “But now, thanks to Blue Planet’s kid-sized scuba gear, we can offer a unique kids’ shark dive experience.

“Our younger fundraisers will be able dive in the reef section of the Ocean Tank and they will be able to mingle with black tip sharks and a variety of tropical fish.”

The dive will take place in a safe depth of two metres and participants will be able to position themselves on an underwater platform to watch the fish as they gracefully, glide by.

Family members will be able to view their child’s marine exploits from either the surface of the tank or the underwater ‘dry’ side of the aqua tunnel.

“Children will be given a full set of professional instructions and expert supervision,” enthused Kate. “They will be trained on the special children’s scuba kit to ensure they are fully prepared for their close-up shark encounter.”

Each participating child will get free entry for one accompanying spectating adult.

“There is a minimum height requirement of 4ft 2”,” concluded Kate. “So I’d advise parents to measure their child before registering them for the dive.

“Bookings are limited and are on a first come first served basis, so I’d urge those who are interested to register now to avoid disappointment.”          

Registration for the dive costs £50 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £300.

For more information and to register for the Junior Shark Dive call Kate Sherwin on 01782 433756 or email: kate.sherwin@caudwellchildren.com

To find out more about Caudwell Children Challenges visit the web page here. 

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