This year’s graduation speech was delivered by Mr. Tickle, a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Diving Safety Management with over thirty years of industry experience. Reflecting on his journey, Mr. Tickle shared the challenges faced during his studies, emphasizing the value of perseverance and adaptation. He encouraged students to approach the uncertainties of their futures with resilience and openness to change.
“Thanks to all those involved – organisers, partners, faculty, stakeholders,” declared Prof. Alessandro Marroni. “I started this journey six years ago with many hopes but also many uncertainties. It is particularly gratifying to witness how the science of diving safety has now gained academic dignity. Congratulations to the students, Audrey, Paul, Ray, and Tiit. Their dedication, passion, and commitment will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the future of diving safety.”
A unique programme
The BSc in Diving Safety Management is an academic program promoted by the International School of Diving Safety and Medicine (ISDSM), a joint effort of DAN Europe and ITS, in collaboration with Divers Alert Network, DAN Southern Africa, PADI and PDSA (Professional Diving Schools Association Malta), and under the supervision of the Malta Ministry for Tourism, Ministry for Education, and Ministry for Gozo. The Faculty includes the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine, the European College of Baromedicine, Università Politecnica delle Marche, University of Stellenbosch, and Northwest University. The programme was designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of diving safety, management, and scientific diving. Lectures are held at the beautiful ITS campus in Qala, Gozo, providing students with the unique advantage of enjoying fantastic diving opportunities at spectacular dive sites. The Maltese archipelago, with its dozens of highly organized dive centers and a vibrant diving community, offers a stimulating international working environment.