Free diving basics at JPMC

(Clockwise from top left) JPMC Fitness GM Christina Lynnette; Cayley Coulbourn of Oceanic Quest will be on hand to instruct members on the basics of scuba diving; diving equipment is provided by Oceanic Quest; members of JPMC Fitness Centre smile for the camera during their free session with an Oceanic Quest instructor.Pictures: BT/Zatty Joanda

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

JPMC Fitness Centre has a treat for its members.In collaboration with Oceanic Quest, the fitness centre is currently conducting “try-dives” at its swimming pool. Over the next three days, diving instructors from Oceanic Quest will be on hand to teach JPMC members the basics of scuba diving.The “try-dive” is a 40-minute free introduction to scuba diving, where members will learn about the equipment used, the basic signals and skills used when underwater, as well as how to clear masks and be comfortable underwater. Once members are comfortable with the basics, they will then be brought underwater to swim around the pool.

“We hope they will find it enjoyable enough that they will want to try it out in the ocean,” said Cayley Coulbourn of Oceanic Quest.

“Oceanic Quest provides the equipment to allow members to experience what diving will be like. Some people may be apprehensive about the water, or whether they will like it or not. This is a good way for our members to find out whether or not they will enjoy the activity,” said JPMC Fitness General Manager Christina Lynnette.

The “try-dives” are the first of its kind to be organised by the fitness centre, with hopes that it will encourage its members to try out other fun and healthy outdoor activities.

“It is a good setting to experiment with diving here because it’s not so overwhelming. There aren’t many distractions, so those who take part will get a chance to focus on getting the basics just right,” added Coulbourn.

Members of JPMC Fitness Centre are encouraged to try the activity as it is a free session. Simply sign up at the counter of the fitness centre and choose a convenient time.

The “try-dives” are ongoing until Thursday, March 14 and is being held at the fitness centre’s swimming pool. For more information, drop by JPMC Fitness Centre or call 2611433 ext. 2238.

The Brunei Times