The 1st Peninsula Rangers after their underwater enrolment ceremony.

Diving into guiding

Members of the 1st Peninsula Rangers took their enrolment ceremony to new depths this year.

Members of the 1st Peninsula Rangers are always up for a challenge, and their idea for celebrating their Girl Guide enrolment this year did not disappoint.

Leader Jenny Hall – aiming to top last year’s ceremony, which was conducted while zip lining – suggested the unit hold the annual festivities underwater.

The girls leapt at the opportunity, took an introductory scuba course and held the ceremony at the bottom of a dive tank. Hall said the girls all learned the basics of scuba diving – including what to do if they lose their regulator underwater – before swimming into formation for the ceremony, where two second-year Guides enrolled five first-year girls by presenting them with laminated certificates and pins.

The ceremony included an underwater handshake and Girl Guide salute.

Hall said the girls agreed the ceremony was the best yet, and some committed to pursuing their PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification.

“I don’t think there is anything this group of young ladies wouldn’t try,” Hall said.

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