Sponsor a Trainee Diver

The Diving and Training Centre aims to train 60 locals a year to enable them to gain  employment in the technical diving industry internationally. Besides providing them with accredited technical diving skills as well as a PADI Advanced license, it develops their swimming capabilities, English language skills, and other necessary employment skills. To read the immense impact this training has had on previous students, see success stories.

By contributing monthly, you can sponsor one student’s traineeship and  help make a difference in his/her life. The contribution will help cover the costs of the student’s technical diving training, PADI diving license, healthcare, and English training.

Become a sponsor and you will receive a profile of the student, a monthly update on this progress during their training, an invitation to their graduation, and upon graduation a yearly update on their progress.

The centre opened in August 2008 thanks to funding from IYF/Nokia. This centre provides professional diving training for rural youth.

Before the 2004 Tsunami, the main livelihood within Seenigama village was coral mining and burning to make quicklime. Research after the Tsunami showed that in areas where coral had been destroyed, the waves were much more powerful and destructive. This research led to the banning of coral mining, which resulted in many people losing their means of making an income.

This centre was opened to fill the gap; 60 students per year receive diving training, which will qualify them for employment in the global commercial diving business and through the affiliated company Dive Seenigama, Dive Lanka.

The course is a 3 month Professional Diving Class III course, and includes Underwater Welding & Cutting (14-day course).

Students also complete their PADI Advanced Course to fully equip them for employment in industrial diving work.

More information can be found here.