Training by ex Marine

Thursday 6 November 2014

More than 75 Outdoor Education students from Shuttleworth College have been thrown in the deep end by a former Marine.

In safely controlled conditions, of course, the teenagers had lessons from Matt Bacon of Fin Divers of Stevenage – and raised £925 for charity in the process.

Matt has been a diver for nearly 30 years and now runs accessibly-priced courses for state schools and colleges such as Bedford and Shuttleworth College. The advantage for the students was access the pool at the Trinity Leisure/The Bedford Sixth Form campus, which is part of the overall Bedford College group.

“Hertfordshire has more scuba divers than anywhere else in the UK – due to access to swimming pools for training,” said Matt,

“I would like see more young people across Bedfordshire having a go using facilities like those at Trinity.”

The students took part in the charity event as part of their outdoor adventure course. They raised money for research into cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition which affects Matt’s two-year-old daughter Abigail. Her condition is greatly improved by lots of outdoor exercise and of course Matt believes the same is good for all young people.

Outdoor Education students can undertake a wide range of activities at the rolling grounds and lakes of Old Warden Park which is home to Shuttleworth College, combined with top class sports facilities at Bedford College locations. New to the activity list is the Kayak Club which is being staged in the lakes and reservoir of Old Warden Park.

Outdoor Education Course Leader Daniel Playford says: “There is whole world of work opportunities for young people linked back to Outdoor Education. To prove the point we have a packed event at Shuttleworth on November 12th when employers from across the UK come to sign up our students for work experience, summer holiday jobs and seasonal employment, as well permanent careers.”

The next Shuttleworth Open Day is on Saturday 8th November from 9.30am to 12.30pm.