UNDERWATER CONFIDENCE

Visiting conservationists build skills with game

The students line up at the wall and discuss a game plan as they prepare to put their skills to the test.

On Monday, the local Key Largo underwater hockey team taught a group of students from North Carolina how to play underwater hockey for the first time. The students are here in the Keys traveling with Love A Sea Turtle, a dedicated ocean conservation and awareness group that engages students in leadership development and environmental stewardship through providing nature-based programs for underserved youth. The students will be here for another week and plan to participate in an ocean cleanup with NOAA on Thursday.

Underwater hockey runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Jacobs aquatic center in Key Largo and is open to all. Newcomers need only bring mask and fins and will be provided with everything else they need to play the game.

Want to know more about the students’ mission? Visit loveaseaturtle.com.

Josh Farmer (left, #12), one of the regulars at underwater hockey, watches as two students practice the techniques they just learned at the bottom of the pool.

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