By Elaine Vaina
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| February 12, 2015
As a person whose passion lies in agriculture and the land, WCS New Ireland’s intern Sammie Waru had never thought that diving would set him off on a new and exciting part of his career.
Sammie was part of a team that took part in a one week scuba diving course with the Scuba Ventures in Kavieng last month.
The course was part of his internship program with WCS under the David and Lucile Packard Foundation funded 'Small-scale Fisheries Management' project.
“It was such an experience and a challenge to me. I could breath and swim in the water is something that I could not stop talking about,” said Sammie.
Sammie went through a theory and practical skills training of the course in order to attain a basic scuba dive certificate.
The training was conducted by the NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) instructor of Scuba Ventures from the 26th – 29th January. That was when Sammie took his first practical scuba diving lessons.
His first dive was a 13 metre underwater dive conducted on Jake reef - a plane wreck site near the Noosa Island resort just outside Kavieng town. It was sensational and his interest for diving grew in that one week.
He successfully completed three other dives at several other locations and depths.His second dive was conducted at Nusaum Island at the depths of 18 metres. He completed his third dive at Raul Island at the depths of 14 metres and his last dive was conducted at the Lion Fish Ship Wreck at the depths of 18 metres.
“It was fun adventuring new world in the water while enjoying the new environment with its beautiful creatures. An important thing I’ve learnt was that wild creatures are defensive when disturbed, so we have to be friendly when approaching them to avoid attack on us.”
He sat for a theoretical exam on the basics of diving on Tuesday, 10th February and is now a certified scuba diver with a basic scuba dive certificate.
“After all it was a thriving moment for me,” said the high spirited Sammie.