YOUNG people in Stafford are being urged to take the plunge and learn how to scuba dive.
The Stafford branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club has been handed a £9,000 cash boost to pay for additional instructor training and new equipment.
The Sport England cash means the club can open its doors for more students at its base at Stafford Leisure Centre.
Membership secretary Alan Weaver said: “Scuba diving brings people out of themselves and puts them in environments that are completely alien to them.
“At the moment, we currently have 12 people in training with only six sets of kit.
“The money - £8,952 to be precise - will go towards our wish list of five more sets of kit, storage boxes and additional instructor training which means that we can have more students in the water at the same time.
“We intend to invite local youth groups from the ages of 14 and upwards, such as Scouts, sixth form colleges and Sea Scouts, to our club, and give them the opportunity to have a free try dive. This is where we take the trainee into the pool to experience being underwater for a prolonged time.” The 35-member Stafford Sub Aqua Club is made up of volunteers and trains a number of university students as well as members of the community.