A CHARITY which funds research into treatments and cures for muscle wasting conditions is challenging adventurous people to learn scuba diving at the Blue Planet Aquarium.

The ‘Discover Scuba’ challenge, organised by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, asks diving beginners to raise a minimum amount in sponsorship to dive free of charge at its sessions on January 25 and February 16.

Participants will learn the basics of scuba diving among one of Europe’s largest collection of sharks, including 10ft sand tiger sharks, as well as hundreds of other fish, including eels and stingrays.

Scuba equipment and thorough training is provided under Professional Association of Diving Instructors guidelines.

Maria Drozd, who has already done a Discover Scuba dive for the charity, said: “I absolutely loved every second of it. Diving with sharks is a great way to raise funds to help the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. It was a unique opportunity to come face to face with one of nature’s most feared creatures.”

To and get up close and personal with the sharks, contact the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign by emailing northwest@muscular-dystrophy.org or calling 01244 536551.