Outdated browser!
Your current browser is out of date and might not be able to display this website correctly. Please update your browser. Or click below to continue using the site.
Update browser
19 • 03 • 2018
Field Trip

Scuba diving on the programme at ACG Sunderland

Six students and a teacher have become qualified PADI open water divers after completing a co-curricular scuba diving course through ACG Sunderland.

The school worked with Auckland Scuba Dive Centre to offer the course to senior students in preparation for next year’s school trip to South Africa, which will include a week of scuba diving off the country’s east coast.

Junheng (David) Li, Year 11, said the course had given him an amazing new skill as well as unforgettable memories – from being within touching distance of fish at Goat Island marine reserve to experiencing breathing underwater.

“After going through a book of theory and a couple of weekends of hard work, everyone was pretty tired, but satisfied, after an amazing experience. As they say in the book, scuba diving is a skill as well as an experience.”

It is the first time the school has ever offered a scuba diving option, which consists of theoretical and practical training at school, an aquatics centre, and at Goat Island marine reserve.

“I opened it up to any students interested in learning to dive, not just those going to South Africa,” explained Faculty Coordinator for Secondary Science, Teresa Barlow. “The skills they learned through the course – communication, technical skills, environmental awareness, health and safety – are invaluable, not just for scuba diving.”

The students who gained the internationally recognised PADI certificate are now qualified to dive to 18 metres in any country.

Ms Barlow said the qualification opens the door to many career and recreational opportunities for students, as well as deepening their understanding of physics in action and the biology, biodiversity and eco

  • ACG ACG Pathways ACG Schools New Education

    ACG Sunderland named West Auckland’s top school

    ACG Sunderland has cemented its reputation as West Auckland’s leading secondary school, following the recent release of Metro magazine’s Best Schools list.
  • ACG ACG Pathways ACG Schools New Education

    Students drive movie fundraiser to support Cancer Society

    Our students chose to support the Cancer Society with a fundraising movie night this term. Head student leaders Geonwoo Kim and Alayna Bradbury explain their motivation.
  • ACG ACG Pathways ACG Schools New Education

    Moon Children play at Rock Quest

    ACG Sunderland band Moon Children took part in Auckland central’s regional Smokefree Rockquest final at the Dorothy Winston theatre this weekend, nailing their performance.