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Date Posted: 2001-06-08

I first purchased a Zeagle Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) four years ago and was really pleased that I could attach twin tanks to it without a major renovation of the BCD. I like the Zeagle but I was really surprised when a set of Zeagle Twins showed up at the dive site last Sunday. Yes, the "Zeagle Boys" are alive and well on Okinawa so let me introduce you to Zach and Kyle Andera, also known affectionately at Courtney's Tsunami Gear Dive Shop as "The Zeagle


These identical twin boys can only be differentiated by the color of their BCDs. Zach wears green and Kyle sports orange. When they are not geared up for diving I cannot tell who is who. They are even more identical with how much they enjoy the open water of Okinawa. We went diving at Onna Point's Recon Beach this past weekend and I must report that they, and their parents, Tim and Ame, have about as much fun as any family I have ever seen on the beach.

The Z-Boys are jealously watched by their younger sister Emily, an avid snorkeler waiting for her turn to dive in four years or so.

These young divers were certified this winter by PADI Instructor Mike Malko after the Recreational SCUBA Training Council (RSTC) removed the minimum age for SCUBA certification. After that many agencies lowered there their minimum training age from 12 to ten. Mike, working closely with both Tim and Ame reported that their training experience was a very positive experience for all concerned. Tim told me that he approached Mike because Mike had been his instructor almost three years ago and that he had also certified Ame. Since the parents had already established a great rapport with Mike they decided that he would be the perfect instructor for their sons. Mike said the boys were great swimmers and were more relaxed in the water than most of his adult students. That was really apparent to me on our first dive. Zach and Kyle rigged their gear and got into their suits on their own. Mom and dad watched with the same interest as any dive buddy, but the two boys got ready and did thorough buddy checks before we approached the water.

Tim said that choosing the right equipment was a close second on his list after choosing the right instructor. Helped by Shawn Miller, a Tsunami Gear (Courtney) store manager, the two of them outfitted the Z-Boys with equipment that fit. With Zeagle BCDs, ScubaPro regulators and Force fins for each of the boys these guys can really cruise in the water. Their gear fits great and they enjoy diving so much more because of it.

During our dive I could not help but get infected with their enthusiasm. Their faces fill their masks with amazement as they enjoy everything they see. These young divers are not behind the wall in an aquarium but actually right in the show with the fish, the coral and the crinoids!

What's next? The Oceanic Girls? Stay tuned for more on Youth Diving next week.

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