The faith-based outreach program SEAKERS is helping kids gain a perspective on the world by teaching them to dive.
The program aims that by learning to apply themselves through diving, kids will be able to apply themselves through other avenues in life and overcome hurdles and obstacles. The organization aims to offer this opportunity to youths who would never otherwise had the opportunity.
SEAKERS is led by PSI-PCI Instructor Dr. Shannon McAteer, and the program is in partnership with PSI-PCI, the West Cabarrus YMCA, Open Water Adventures in Charlotte, North Carolina, and individuals.
The program has already experienced success in the shape of Mathew Machin, who completed his PSI-PCI training and scuba training and then secured an internship at Open Water Adventures.
According to Open Water Adventures Joe Gaydeski:
“Mathew has been a pleasure to have at Open Water Adventures. His SEAKERS sponsored internship at our Scuba Center has been valuable to everyone involved. Mathew’s cylinder inspection training that was sponsored by PSI-PCI was a huge contributing factor. In addition, his personality and enthusiasm for SCUBA has been a big plus.”
PSI-PCI president Mark Gresham stated:
“We are proud to be able to provide PSI-PCI training scholarships through SEAKERS. We believe this will give these participants a great advantage in the dive industry.”
Find out more about SEAKERS here.