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Scuba diving preview at the WREC

Rich Astley was monitoring the diving, wanting to give students a glimpse at scuba diving Friday afternoon at the Wildcat Recreation Center. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza and Kendall George

April 4, 2019

Chico State students had a glimpse of the world of scuba diving at The Wildcat Recreation Center with the scuba workshop. The class was taught by Rich Astley, a scuba instructor at Chico State."We want to introduce as many people to the underwater world as we possibly can," Astley said.Once students entered...

Scuba instructor dies at 61

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Kayla Fitzgerald

April 19, 2017

A former Chico State student and certified diving instructor, James Carlson, died April 13. "He was a certified instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) for more than 38 years and owned Valley Scuba in Chico, where he also taught private, semi-private, and group sessions...

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