INOCAR (the Ecuadorian NOAA) has a program dedicated to developing sea awareness in children of the Galapagos. The best "Guardianes del Mar" were awarded with a price: A Discover Scuba!!
Over the weekend, Fabian and I had 17 children over 10 years old to introduce SCUBA. We worked with a maximum instructor / participant ratio of 1:2. All the participants completed a confined water portion and only 3 out of 14 skipped an Open Water extension due to compensating issues. We consider these numbers a real success. A lot of instructor material in these kids too, really good divers!
This course was sponsored by Coca Cola Foundation in Ecuador, Fundación Galapagos Ecuador and Metropolitan Touring. Program coordinator was Veronica Santamaria. Confined water was at the Galapagos TipTop Diving Facility and open water dives in the bay area of Puerto Ayora.