Local diving school owner plans bicycle giveaway for the summer

Carla Slavey

Dean Littrell, owner and diving instructor with Divers Den, has already bought the bikes that he plans to give away over the summer. Children or their parents can register for the drawings through Facebook or in person at the dive shop, located at Light No. 29 on U.S. 27.

Do bicycles and diving go together? In the eyes of Divers Den owner Dean Littrell, they do.

The long-standing scuba diving instructor decided to spice up the summer for area children by having his dive shop host a drawing for one bicycle every month this summer.

The bikes already have been bought and assembled. They are on display at the shop.

Littrell said he wanted to give back to the community, and he focused on bicycles because he remembered how much he enjoyed riding when he was a kid.

"I just thought the kids would like it," he said.

And while he didn't specify this as a reason for the drawing, Littrell did point out that having been a manager, and later owner, of Divers Den for the majority of its 31 years in business, he has had the experience of training the children of parents he once trained when they were younger.

Littrell said swimmers as young as 8 can start out in a Discovery Diving class.

They do have to be a little older - at least age 10 - before being certified as a PADI scuba diver, but once someone has been licensed, they can keep that license for life.

Beyond that age limit, Littrell said that anyone from any walk of life could become a certified diver, and it benefits all types of people. That includes anyone from a student looking to become a marine biologist to a first responder who wants to train in water rescue, or someone looking to help recover boats from the bottom of Lake Cumberland.

The first classes of the season start March 28. Students are required to attend five classes held over a 2 and a half week period, along with a couple of sessions in a local body of water to finish. That could be Lake Cumberland or another local area.

As for the bikes, Littrell said there are two ways that "eligible children" can register for the drawing. The kids or their parents can like and share the Divers Den Facebook page, and add the words "free bicycle" to the comments.

Or, they can stop in the store and register for free. Divers Den is located at 5454 South U.S. 27, at Light No. 29.

There will be at least on winner each month, and that lucky winner will be able to pick from among the bikes.

Littrell said he plans to give away six to eight bikes over the summer. He is planning the first drawing to be around the first of April.

He said also that sometime over the summer Divers Den plans to host a couple of charity parties that feature underwater checkers and/or underwater tic-tac-toe games. The proceeds will go towards two different areas: Autism support and Alzheimer's support.