In 2009, In Deep Dive Centre in association with Plymouth City Council Youth Service started a pilot project for young divers know as the Youth Exploration Divers In Deep (YEDI). The core aims of this project are to increase young people awareness of the underwater environment within the locality of Plymouth; increase accessibility to the underwater environment & enable young people to raise the profile of marine conservation in our city's consciousness.
Since 2009 the YEDI project has & is continually progressing these aims. This has been achieved through raising the profile of PADI diver training to young people, through the Youth Service & through local schools; actively enabling & supporting young people to complete PADI recognised qualifications, including marine environmental awareness education. After achieving an open water certificate the young people are offered supervised club diving solely for YEDI's, & actively supporting the YEDI's to achieve professional diving skills & accreditation.
In addition to open water qualifications the YEDI project has supported the Youth Service in enabling more young people to experience scuba through offering free PADI Discover Scuba Diving Courses in the City wide 'Summer Mix Scheme'. The YEDI project also supports & works in partnership with the Blue Sound Project based at the Marine Biological Association. To date YEDI has been hugely successful reaching many local young people & actively engaging with multiple conservation projects.
For certified divers
The YEDI project through In Deep Dive Centre offers dedicated club diving for 13 - 19 year olds under the direct supervision of PADI professionals on Monday evenings & weekends, YEDI also offers additional diver training, diving & conservation projects & career support.
Why Youth Exploration Divers?
Club members are able to access all the facilities of the Mount Batten Watersports centre including showers, changing rooms, toilets, bar, food & hot drinks
Free dive guide services & supervision with PADI professionals for all Open Water diving
YEDI project diving
Only 50m from our dive centre to the pontoon
Free car & bike parking onsite
Free air fills on club dives
Half price nitrox up to 36% on club dives
Free equipment hire on club dives
Free tea & coffee on our boats
Full dive site information & brief for each dive
Club access to poor weather inland quarry site
Retail & equipment support, advice & offers
CRB checked staff members
Scylla Surveying project with the National Marine Aquaruim
Through this project YEDI members are being trained in the specalisied techniques of underwater survey diving; including the theory of surveying techniques & survey design, use of quadrat & transect surveying techniques & application of ROV surveying leading to a PADI Distinctive specality 'Underwater Survey Diver' The programme is running over 12 months with survey dives each month on the artifical reef of the Scylla.
Lobster Release with the National Lobster Hatchery
The YEDIs have released 100's of juvenile lobsters, at our adopted reef site in Cawsands Bay which have been reared at the National Lobster Hatchery with the aim to help repopulate local lobster numbers.
Species collection with Plymouth University & the National Marine Aquarium
YEDIs have been involved with collecting marine species for scientific investigation for the University of Plymouth & for tanks & display at the National Marine Aquarium.