During the lockdown I had the opportunity to apply for a scholarship, through the ‘Girls that Scuba’ women’s scuba diving community for a ‘Project AWARE’ shark speciality course. Project AWARE is an internationally known charity which is a global force of divers working across the world to protect the underwater environment through education and conservation.
Through the Girls that Scuba online community, I wrote an essay which was sent to numerous dive tech companies, through this process, Apeks dive equipment (a world- class production facility for scuba gear) chose me first hand and payed for this course.
Over the next week, I joined an online webinar with a marine biologist based in Los Cabos, Mexico. After, I completed a knowledge review and received the knowledge certification.
In the future, I hope to complete the practical element of this course by participating in two open water shark dives in order to receive the full certification. Also, I hope to use this opportunity to further promote shark conservation and protect the marine environment, which I am also looking at for my EPQ. In the future, I am planning to become a marine biologist and specialise in this area, becoming a shark scientist.
~ Jess Hibbert, Year 12