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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

    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 the water, they fitted equipment to fit their body size. Participants were also given a brief walk-through on how to use the air cylinder. Eric Simmons, another scuba instructor at the event, also taught signals for underwater communication with “Ok” and “thumbs up” hand signals.

    Eric Simmons wearing the different equipment used while diving. He swam with the students and taught them how to use equipment and use hand signals Friday afternoon at the Wildcat Recreation Center. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

    Laura Schroerluke was one of the participants at Friday’s event.

    “I was actually just hanging out at the pool I didn’t know about and I saw all the scuba gear set up and it was free lessons so I decided to give it a shot,” she said. “This definitely did make me want to take the class.”

    Astley said that students can learn more about diving through the beginner scuba class, KINE 125.

    Julian Mendoza can be reached at @Julianmtheorion or at [email protected]

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    Julian Mendoza
    Julian Mendoza, Multimedia Editor
    Hey there! I see you stumbled across my staff profile! Well if you want to learn a bit about me read on!   I’m originally from the Bay Area, I came to Chico State to pursue my dream of becoming an investigative journalist. This is my fourth semester on The Orion. I’ve done some freelance work at a small paper called the San Leandro Times, was an election stringer for the Associated Press on Super Tuesday and am currently the multimedia editor of The Orion this semester.   When I am not busy dealing with The Orion or school, you can find me playing video games or doing some form of cardio. Follow me on Twitter for Chico State news @JulianMTheOrion or check out my website!

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