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Dade Christian Marine Divers Head to Disney

Dade Christian Marine Divers Head to Disney

Justin Martinez (left), Carolina Gonzalez, Sophie Garcia, Andrew Socarras, Kesley Piedra, and JonathanUrdaneta prepare for first dive into “The Caves.”

Justin Martinez (left), Carolina Gonzalez, Sophie Garcia, Andrew Socarras, Kesley Piedra, and Jonathan
Urdaneta prepare for first dive into “The Caves.”

The Marine Biology class members at Dade Christian School are hardly afraid of water in one of the most exciting classes DCS has to offer.

Students have the opportunity to become scuba certified, allowing them to go safely on dives throughout the year. Because of its challenges, the program is only open to seniors.

“Growing up at DCS, I’ve looked forward to taking this class forever and it has been no disappointment sharing these amazing experiences with my classmates,” said Olivia Webb, a senior. “Marine Biology has made me love the ocean and enjoy God’s creation on a more in-depth level.”

Students not only get to experience the dives, but they also learn in the classroom about ocean life and how magnificent our underwater world is, added Cathy Cryer, teacher who has 28 years logged at DCS.

In December, the class will be diving at Disney Park’s Epcot Center, enjoying its “Living Seas” underwater adventure with everything from squid to sharks in a tank that holds 8,500 marine inhabitants in aquarium of 5.7 million gallons of water.

To prepare for the Disney dive, students recently went down a 30-foot off the Fort Lauderdale coast in an area known as “The Caves.”

“I’ll admit I was nervous but as soon as I got into the water, I felt so grateful for being part of this class,” said Justin Martinez, a senior.