Free diving lesson for Fraser Valley youth

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack's Landing Leisure Centre and Langley Diving teaming up

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, the Leisure Recreation Group and Langley Diving have come together to offer youth a chance to experience the thrill of scuba diving for free with their Big Brother and Big Sister mentors.

The training session will be held on May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Landing Leisure Centre in Chilliwack.

“As an organization we are always looking for ways to enrich the experience of our matches and this is a great example of community coming together to make it happen,” said Collette Bohach, of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Les Newman, owner of Langley Diving said that his team thought this would be a great opportunity to make an investment in the community when they came up with the idea.

“My staff and I love introducing new people to our sport,” he said.

“Nothing compares to seeing a child’s eyes bug out the first time they take a breath underwater.  I can’t believe we didn’t think of this sooner.”

The Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre is supplying the pool and lifeguard facilities at no charge.

Each Big Brother and Big Sister will get to try scuba diving with their young friends for a half hour in the safe confines of the Landing pool under the direct supervision of PADI Professionals supplied by Langley Diving.

The participant will also get to play in the aquatic facilities of the pool, including the slide and wave pool, all at no charge for a fun filled morning.