This summer was a busy one for Rachel Cox U5P. Following the end of her music commitments in July, Rachel attended an emergency first responder (first aid) course which is a pre-requisite of her PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Rescue Diver course. Rachel first learnt to dive in 2011 with Calypso Diving in L’Estartit Catalonia Spain and gained her Advanced Open Water Diver in 2013. This summer she successfully completed the Rescue Diver qualification, the next level of dive qualification. Rachel was required to ‘rescue’ her instructor (several times!) by bringing him safely to the surface from a depth of 20m, find her father in an underwater ‘lost diver’ search and attempt to lift an ‘unconscious’ diver out of the water into a boat.
During her holiday Rachel had the opportunity of meeting marine geography students from Cardiff University who were on a work placement studying various aspects of marine geography and sustainability at the Medes Islands, a protected marine reserve one mile off the coast of L’Estartit. Being a rescue diver now means that Rachel can, should she be required to, rescue her parents if they get into trouble underwater!
Below: Rachel is congratulated by Calypso owner Peter Lane.