"I invited Jim Frederick, from Fun Time Scuba, to demonstrate scuba equipment and discuss scuba diving," sixth-grade social studies teacher at North Clay Middle School Rita Rose said. "This is a culminating activity for our unit about Mexico in which we talk about tourism and its effect on the Mexican economy."
Frederick recently returned from a trip to Cozumel, Mexico, and talked to the students about the equipment that is used in scuba diving as well as the different world that lies under the water.
Wearing his own wet suit and tank, Frederick explained the differences between the wet and dry suits. He also explained the laws that divers must follow while under water.
"There are a lot of misconceptions about diving," Frederick said to the students. " There are rules that need to be followed, just like in any other sport, and if the rules are followed then it is very safe."
Ethan Targett volunteered to wear a jacket with an oxygen tank on it, and Frederick explained the use of the duck call and the magna-doodle that is used for communication.
"Mr. Fredrick has been coming to North Clay for five years to show us modern scuba equipment and discuss scuba terms with our sixth-graders," Rose said. "After hearing his discussion about breathing underwater, some of our students think this would be a wonderful activity."
Students asked questions about asthma and its affect on the diver as well as underwater cameras and mp3 players, but no one asked about sharks.
"I really enjoy sharing my experience with the students," Frederick said. "Scuba diving truly takes you to a whole other world."
For more scuba diving information contact Jim Frederick at 443-3483.