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BSAC aim to get more young people active

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BSAC has pledged to get more children into snorkelling and scuba as part of a new multi-agency drive to get young people active.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance’s #RightToBeActive campaign has highlighted concerns about the falling levels of physical activity amongst children and young people. In their recently released report, ‘Why are we failing our children?’, the Alliance, which represents sporting bodies across the UK, believes that more work should be done on creating a healthier attitude towards regular exercise and activity amongst young people.

With over 77% of children still not getting the national recommended level of activity and with childhood obesity on the rise, the Alliance has now called on its members to create more active opportunities for young people.

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Chief Executive Emma Boggis explained: “The vast majority of our children (93%) say they want to be active and we know that many of our members have fantastic programmes to engage them. The will is there, we just need to create the right environment and structures to help them get active.

As one of the UK national governing bodies to directly support the initiative, BSAC believes its club system is an ideal way to introduce young people to regular exercise and activity with a purpose.

BSAC CEO Mary Tetley said she now wanted to encourage even more clubs to open their doors to young people and incorporate snorkelling and other more children-friendly activities into their training and general club plans.

“Snorkelling or scuba with a BSAC club offers physical activities with a purpose and with the support of other members, children and young people can really progress. Snorkelling or diving with a BSAC club also offers so much more – it can boost confidence, build water safety and create an awareness of and a love for the marine environment.

“Young people are an invaluable part of the BSAC club system and they are also our future, so we should all work together to encourage and support the next generation.

For more information on BSAC activities for children and young people go to www.bsac.com/nextgeneration 

You can read more about the #RightToBeActive campaign at www.sportandrecreation.org.uk

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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Common Spider Crab (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dive just off the shore and explore what can be found within the shallow waters of a sandy beach. Fish can be founding cruising amongst the seaweed and numerous crustacean (Crabs, lobster, prawns, shrimps) species can be found walking around the seafloor. Common Spider Crabs (Maja brachydactyla) are one of the largest crabs species found along the coast and during the early summer, they aggregate in large numbers to moult which allows them to grow.


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Join Me On My Commute To Scuba Diving Key Largo! (Watch Video)

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Sunrise was so beautiful the other morning, I wanted to take a time lapse of my drive from home in South Miami to Key Largo before morning dives with Horizon Divers.

I thought you might enjoy taking the ride with me! Silly I know! But here’s 2 minutes of chill!

D.S.D.O,

James


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