The diving classroom at the monte mare indoor dive center
Schools in Rheinbach near Bonn, Germany, have a very special feature. Here, a special school subject has been on the compulsory options curriculum for several years: scuba diving as a school sport, giving students the official permission to do something that would otherwise result in rather poor grades: disappearing from the face of the earth in the middle of class.
Schools cooperate with monte mare
Obviously, diving classes can not take place in the school's regular sports hall. Rather, the schools get professional support from the team of the indoor diving centre monte mare in Rheinbach. In fact, the large recreational and wellness centre, which has its own indoor diving pool with 200 square metres of surface area and 10 metres of depth, is open to anybody who wants to learn diving. Many beginners find it helpful not to have to go straight into open waters. The diving pool is designed as an underwater adventure park, including a boat wreck, grotto labyrinth and a diveable tunnel system.
Students in the diving classes attend the basic scuba diving course at monte mare in accordance with the internationally recognised rules of SSI. At the end of the course, if completed successfully by the student, he or she will receive a recognised diving certificate, which represents the first step into recreational scuba diving.
Active lessons with added value
From the schools' perspective, the extraordinary educational programme offers many advantages. Diving requires not only practical and physical skills as well as skills in handling technical equipment, but also extensive theoretical knowledge in various fields such as physics and biology. Combining theoretical learning with immediate practical implementation is an essential feature of modern and student-oriented teaching. Thus, the course helps to sharpen the schools' modern profile.
As an alternative to teaching classic competitive or team sports, scuba diving focuses on qualities such as team work and communication. Also, the direct immersion in nature and experiencing our world from a completely different perspective are features that have a positive effect on the individual personal development of students.
More information on "diving for school classes" is available from the monte mare team in Rheinbach.