Dive Munda has announced a sponsorship initiative to encourage the youth of Solomon Islands to learn to dive during the Covid-19 downtime. The heavily sponsored program invites individuals, families and businesses to sponsor a candidate and contribute to training costs.
“We are super excited and our team is ready to start, as this not only gives Dive Munda a positive and creative project to work on during this time of crisis over the next several months, but we are also doing an amazing thing for our youth,” said Belinda Botha, Operations Director at Dive Munda.
“As well as providing Solomon Islands youth with certified training in new skills, by educating the young we are also helping share knowledge about protecting and preserving our natural resources – preserving our ocean, reefs, sharks and fish,” she said. “We are particularly keen to encourage girls to be nominated and participate. The age for all youth will be between 10 and 21 years old. Medical clearance and parental agreement will be required.”
YOU ARE INVITED to partner with Dive Munda to “gift” an open water scuba dive course to a local youth in the Solomon Islands. Those sponsoring can nominate a specific student or gift a course to any local youth. Dive Munda will manage the process of candidate approvals via an independent panel (including representatives from the ministry, Tourism Solomons, local community conservation office, Agnes Gateway Hotel and Solomon Airlines).
During lock-down the cost for a SSI Open Water Course is $2,200. SBD ($370 AUD). During the months of August to December, Dive Munda will contribute $800 SBD ($130 AUD) towards this course for young Solomon Islanders plus fund the certification and course materials.
The remaining $1400 SBD will be your sponsorship or gift to a Solomon Islands youth to become a certified open water diver – AU $240.00.
Courses will be run over 3-night weekends and students will have to make their own way to Munda. Solomon Airlines and Agnes Gateway Hotel is partnering with Dive Munda to offer amazing certify-fly-stay packages for our youth and their families coming from other provinces, with airfares and accommodation discounted up to 68 per cent. The airfares are available from Honiara and Gizo to Munda, exclusively for those participating in the sponsorship and those accompanying them.
“Dive Munda SSI instructors, Brian Daga and Euna Zio cannot wait to get started! Our aim is to train 50 youth by the end of 2020, and we are gaining great momentum to ultimately reaching that goal.
“We know that diving is not historically high on the activity list of our local youth, partly as dive training is relatively expensive, and the sport remains largely unknown. However, Dive Munda wants to change that, and during this time of closed borders presents the ideal opportunity.”
For information on how to sponsor a potential candidate, contact Belinda Botha at Dive Munda.