Recently Volivoli Beach Resort and Ra Divers became the home of 14 University students from Utah USA for 7 nights. In conjunction with SSI (Scuba Schools International) the goal for the University of Utah students was to either become Scuba Open Water certified or Scuba Advanced Adventures with Ra Divers.
Lead by Kelly S. Bricker, Interim Chair and Associate Professor (Sustainable Tourism, Outdoor Recreation, Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Place Attachment and Community Impacts of Tourism) this small group of students were on a 3 week field trip to Fiji studying a range of topics including sustainable tourism for local operators and the impact shark feeding as a tourism venture on local economy and tourism.
With a combined total of certifications close to 10,000 the U of Utah students were in great hands with instructors Pola Steve and Simon. The students opted to complete the online learning prior to arriving in Fiji, This is a great option as anyone from around the world can study in the comfort of their home and more often than not in their own language. With online learning you are able to hit the ground running and get into the confined water training on day one of your course.
Once the training dives were completed the students were able to hone their skills and really enjoy the diving in the Bligh Waters with 4 “certified” dives to add to their fresh log books. All the students (and Tour leader I might add) enjoyed their time and felt that the experiences gained and friends made will be remembered forever with many students vowing to return to Fiji again to experience the true underwater riches Fiji Diving has to offer.
All in all everyone had a great time including the instructors and dive crew, We hope to see some of these guys again and wish them well for their futures in which ever career path they choose.
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All photo credits to Kelly and Nate Bricker.