25
January

Published: Friday, 25.01.2019

Persistence leads to underwater magic

Our youngsters Martina and Kristina have once again proven that hard work, persistence and effort are always worth it: thanks to years of training in the scuba diving club Roniti se mora and its financial support, a dream of theirs recently came true.

 When they began their scuba diving career three years ago by joining the scuba diving club, Kristina and Martina had no inkling that one day they would be able to go on diving expeditions in tropics. Thanks to the huge support of the SDC Roniti se mora and their generously donated training courses, our girls first thoroughly explored the Adriatic sea, improving their skills steadily. In addition to discovering underwater wonders, they also had the opportunity to work during summer in club headquarters in Sv. Filip i Jakov.

With time Martina and Kristina started to participate and win awards in underwater photography competitions. After leaving the SOS Youth Facility in Velika Gorica, they enrolled in university in Zagreb and continued to live as roommates, this time in the students’ dorm. This January, all of Martina and Kristina’s hard work and persistence have been rewarded. Thanks to the SDC Roniti se mora and one man with a big heart – Damir Zurub – our girls were given the chance to explore the diving sites in the beautiful Maldives.

“Our club members go on expeditions every year and we dreamed of joining them forever, but the moment was never quite right. Now we finally decided we really wanted to go and that’s one of the best decisions we ever made”, Kika tells us breathlessly. This was the first time the girls travelled by plane. They saved the money for their plane tickets themselves.

“When the plane took off, Martina and I took a deep breath and afterwards we enjoyed every second of our flight. It was amazing”, Kika says with delight in her voice. The trip took 16 hours with layovers, but as soon as they set foot in the Maldives, all of their fatigue just disappeared. Girls could hardly wait to dive in and start exploring the Indian Ocean. The pace was intensive, they got up at six in the morning every day. All the participants would have a meeting and the first dive of the day, followed by breakfast and another dive.

The sea in the Maldives mesmerized them completely, especially swimming with sharks. “Sharks swam right above our heads. We were so excited we forgot to be afraid. The advice from our colleagues from the club who are seasoned divers helped too. We had to be careful not to touch the sharks and if any started swimming towards us, we just had to get out of their way to show respect for the fact that it is their territory. That worked for us and for them”, Kika concludes cheerfully.

After returning to Zagreb, they had to go back to their studies. They are very committed to being good students so that they can continue scuba diving in their free time. Thanks to the ongoing support from the SDC Roniti se mora, they have summer jobs waiting for them at the seaside. They plan to set their earnings aside for new diving adventures.

 

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