Archive for September 29th, 2008

Scuba Diving Comes to Expo, 1

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish Restoration Program

Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo is your gateway to the outdoors. It’s where, in a single weekend, you can introduce your family to a wide range of outdoor activities including—brand new this year—scuba diving!

Almost everything we’ve done is above water: kayaking and mountain biking and all those wonderful activities…now we get to look into a whole new world.

Paul Hammerschmidt, with coastal fisheries, is coordinating the Be a Diver Program at this year’s Expo. Participants will dive in a 17-thousand gallon pool.

Kids and adults get to don wetsuits and scuba equipment and get a chance to see what it feels like to be under water, breathing scuba.

Hammerschmidt says Texas is one of the larger states with a scuba diving contingent, so it makes sense to offer a scuba opportunity at Expo.

In years past, we’ve had what we call virtual diving, where kids can go in and see photographs of the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary. Now they’re actually going to be able to get wet.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo is October 4th and 5th. Learn more at

That’s our show… with support from the Sport Fish Restoration Program… providing funding for the operations and management of Sea Center Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.