BELFAST — Some Belfast Area High School students in the marine studies class recently participated in a discovery scuba experience at the school pool.

Coordinated by marine studies teachers Dave Thomas, Lisa White and Chip Lagerbom, students were able to experience breathing underwater and learn about the sport, its safety and its equipment. Aqua Diving Academy of Portland traveled to the school and provided equipment and supervision with professional instructors.

“Such an experience may prompt students to pursue actual basic scuba certification and then possibly on to higher levels such as Scientific Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Dive Master and Rescue Diver,” Lagerbom said in an email about the program.

Prior to entering the water and to keep masks from fogging, BAHS marine studies students Izik Marriner, Jesse Cowan and Paige Rollerson apply some de-fogger to their masks from Aqua Diving Academy dive master, while marine studies teacher Dave Thomas looks on. Courtesy of Charles H. Lagerbom