BATON ROUGE, LA (CBS/WAFB) - It's summertime and kids are headed to camp. That means new experiences and overcoming new obstacles. A group of kids are taking this summer to conquer their fears.
Its pool day at summer camp and some of the kids are more than a little nervous. Kimberly Dawsey says, "We're actually going to be introducing them to Scuba diving."
For kids not exposed to swimming, the water can be a scary place, but the dive masters from Seven Seas Dive Shop are on hand to ease them into it and slowly get them to the deep end. Dawsey says, "We'll take everybody through putting on a mask breathing through a snorkle."
Lynn Gautreaux says, "It's just a chance to explore and experience things they haven't been able to do in the past."
Taylor Franks. 8, would put her face in the water when she started. Now she's practically a mermaid. She says, "I've been walking on the bottom!"
Little A.J. Tobias swims like a fish. He says, "Kinda scary. I never done it. I was gonna try to be brave."
That's something he and his fellow campers live every day. Gautreaux says, "Explaining scuba gear to a totally blind person is a little more complex. It's easier to just put a tank on their back, a regulator in their mouth."
All 30 are severely visually impaired. And today's camp is about more than teaching them scuba. It's teaching them about themselves, building confidence, and conquering their fears. Anthony Delatte says, "I love teaching, but to teach the kids to dive and to go underwater, and breathe underwater is just amazing. Just to see their joy. She's having a blast."