Taking the Plunge: Scuba Diving Classes Offered in Laredo
Jul 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM CST
Jul 5, 2013
Summer time in Laredo is a time when people decide to pick up a new skill or retake their favorite hobby, but one Laredo family is trying something out of the ordinary for our city. Valerie Gonzalez-Sanchez introduces us to a young girl and her family who is diving into a new world.
The Soto family is taking the plunge, and exploring a new world this summer. Gisela Soto says, “I want to learn, because it’s something we never tried, and I like to get to learn new things.” She may only be twelve years old, but Gisela is not afraid of trying something new.
For this family, this exploration of a new skill started with a planned trip to Jamaica. Except, they wanted to go past the surface, they thirst for a deeper experience. But they never thought that experience could start here in Laredo, miles away from the ocean. Gisela's mother and fellow classmate, Alejandra Soto, explains, “So we never thought that it was offered in Laredo. So, when we found out that it was, it was something that you just have to do.”
For the second year in a row, instructor Eloy Vega has been offering classes in scuba diving to those adventurous few who don’t mind putting in the study time before they reap the rewards of the sea.
This class is separated into three parts. The first is the classroom where they learn all the theory. The second one is the confined waters where they get to put some of that knowledge to a test. Then there is the third part where they get to experience what it feels like and what is going to be like when they're out on their own, deep in the water.
Eloy Vega explains how they focus on safety in the classroom: “We spend a lot of time on understanding the procedures, understanding the aquatic environment, what the pressure at the different depths does to our bodies, how we can prevent any injuries, and, above all, how to have fun.”
Even this intrepid reporter took a dip to get a first-hand experience of some of the challenges students face. But if you’re not quite ready to dive into uncharted waters and find your sea legs, take courage from Gisela’s advice. “Once you get to know what’s actually going to happen, there’s nothing to be scared of.”
Once you conquer your fears, you’ll find out just how refreshing a new experience can be.
The Soto family had their last class at Canyon Lake where they graduated from the course. They will soon be taking off for their vacation to Jamaica.
If you would like to enroll in scuba diving classes, you can contact the Laredo Community College. The next course starts on July 22, 2013. Aside from LCC, Instructor Eloy Vega also offers these classes independently.