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Scuba training class held at Big Blue

MASON CITY – A husband and wife team earlier this week helped demonstrate and teach advanced levels of scuba diving at Big Blue.

Don and Carrie Brown, owners of North Iowa Scuba, were at Big Blue in Mason City helping beginners and others get their feet wet and gain experience in scuba.

Stacy Early of West Des Moines, encouraged by Maxine Christensen, took her first underwater breath last Saturday.

“Scuba diving was on my bucket list,” said Maxine.  “I got certified when I was 63 years old and it’s the love of my life. That’s why I’m encouraging Stacy, she’s my adopted daughter and I hope she finds that same kind of fulfillment.”

Stacy entered the Discover Scuba Diving class with Don Brown, her very first step in seeing if scuba diving is something she may want to pursue. “It’s a long term commitment,” said Christensen.

When asked if she had any feelings or thoughts about scuba diving after her first experience, she just replied “no” as she was putting a lot of thought and consideration into the class.

Mike Morris, an employee of North Iowa Scuba, said, “Discover Scuba Diving teaches enough to be safe on a trial basis. If you decide scuba diving is something you want to learn, training gives you a complete set of skills to dive individually.”

James Flickinger of Des Moines, was also doing some training in Big Blue.

“He is an Advanced Student. He found us through a program on the internet,” said Carrie, who was giving James a lesson.

North Iowa Scuba says its philosophy is to “train the best and safest divers we can. We believe in taking the time to train our students to be the best divers they can be.”

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