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Scuba Diving Comes To Jersey City

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - There is a new craze among inner-city kids in Jersey City, New Jersey--scuba diving! No, these kids are not out swimming in the Hudson River, but they are testing the waters at an indoor pool in one of Jersey City’s recreational centers.

Ryan Strother, the head of Jersey City’s recreations program introduced the scuba diving program. This is where urban city kids get to experience a sport which they normally wouldn’t have a chance to try.

“So just imagine you have a kid from an urban city who gets to spend a half hour learning about the scuba equipment. Then they spend another half hour in the water kind of practicing that. Then they spend an entire hour in the water just playing. I mean they are blown away,” Strother explains.

Beginners in the program first learn how to breathe using the tubes, and then progress to the deep end. The group running the program is from Hoboken, New Jersey. It is $10 if you are a Jersey City resident and $50 for outsiders. This is not just a program for children, but adults too can join in the scuba diving fun.

Parents, like Quatiba Davis, agree this is a great program to have because their children aren’t home sitting in front of the TV or hanging out on the streets of Jersey City.

“I am really nervous right now but she is very excited and I think this is a great opportunity for them to get to experience something different in their lives and this is something she has never done before,” Davis explained.

This scuba diving experience opens up a whole new level of confidence for these children and expands their curiosity. Credit for bringing this program to Jersey City goes to the mayor himself, Steven Fulop. He’s also expecting to add a cricket program to the recreational activities.



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