Shimla’s BCS first school to introduce scuba diving course
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Supervised by a veteran deep-sea diver and the country's first woman base jumper, Archana Sardana, and a team of highly skilled professionals, students from Shimla's Bishop Cotton School (BCS) on Wednesday learnt the nuances of scuba-diving as the school took a major leap forward in introducing the adventure sport to its curriculum.
The 153-year-old school, one of country's oldest British era boarding schools, has become first school in India to get this distinction despite being located in the hills.
Archana and her team members, not only provided a demonstration of scuba diving at the school's swimming pool — an event watched by students, staff and select invitees — but also helped three schoolboys, one of them below 10 years age, to perform some of the underwater diving manoeuvres.
School headmaster R C Robinson, who was inspired to introduce scuba diving in the institution, said: "It's a historic day for the school, which already has national level boxers and has trained mountaineers, to have trained young scuba divers. With the help of our professional partners like Archana and Major (retd) S N Sardana, the school will make scuba diving a popular event in the country, particularly amongst students .We have already decided to make the scuba diving course mandatory for students".
Archana Sardana, who is also the first women to unfurl the tricolour underwater after scuba diving at Neil Island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, says the school's initiative will go a long away in promoting diving.
Major (retd) S N Sardana, Archana's father-in-law, said: "By the next one or two years, we can produce at least 100 scuba drivers in Shimla".