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A friendly dare saw Sports Minister Wayne Scott take to the diving board at the National Aquatic Centre's new pool yesterday.

He plunged 7.5 metres under the watchful eye of

National Sports Centre chairman Sean Tucker, whom Mr Scott had

challenged to a diving

competition in an effort to bring public awareness to the site.

“There are a few floatable devices here to show that it's a family fun centre,” said Mr Scott.

He added: “For the use of the facility as a whole, we need to work on a few things to get it to be more family

viable for Bermuda so people can use the facility.”

The contest got underway with a dive from the five-metre platform.

Mr Tucker decided not to take the second dive. “The challenge was to dive and we did that,” said Mr Tucker.

When asked if Mr Tucker lost the dare, Mr Scott responded: “Hopefully we are working together for the same goal and I'll let everyone answer that question for themselves.”

Efforts to dive from the pool's highest platform — at ten metres — were thwarted by the presence of an

inflatable slide, which the pair made their way down for their final challenge.

“It was my first time in the water and I was very pleased,” said Mr Tucker.

The facility is opened to the public and can be used for multiple sporting needs.

“All schools are welcomed to come and be a part of PE programmes.

“The Aquatic Centre is certified and designed for diving and available for water polo, elite swimmers and synchronised swimmers.” said Mr Tucker.

Making a splash: Sports Minister Wayne Scott takes a dive into the new pool at the National Aquatics Centre. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 31, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 31, 2013 at 9:13 am)

Sports Minister takes the plunge

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