The Philippines dive trip is an optional trip for students from Grades 9-11. There is room on the trip for anyone with an interest in diving within those grades, whether they have already qualified or never dived before. The purpose of the trip is to introduce students to diving and allow them to gain their Open Water or Advanced Certification in a safe (and beautiful) environment. In addition to the qualification and diving, there is an environmental aspect as all participants not only learn about the impact of pollution and weather and climate change on the ocean and its inhabitants, they also actively participate in a coral nursery in order to promote growth of new colonies. The students partake in numerous adventurous and environmental activities including Open Water Training, Advanced Dive Training (night dive, deep dive, navigation, search and recovery, perfect buoyancy), coral planting, additional service tasks, recreational diving, and a day trip to a Tarsier sanctuary. This trip aligns with the IB learner philosophy and encourages students to be knowledgeable, principled, inquiring, caring, balanced risk-takers. It is quite something to see them go from a feeling of discomfort and disorientation breathing underwater in the pool for the first time, to competently and confidently diving in the ocean with all the species on show!