DIVE IN and Save Our Seas! July 13 - 18, 2017 REGISTER HERE
Are you a high school student, 16 years or older and a certified SCUBA Diver? This summer, MarineLab is offering an opportunity for individual students to participate in several research and hands on activities that are helping to SAVE THE OCEAN! You'll be making an active contribution in helping to save the coral reefs, while having fun and enjoying a service learning opportunity. It will look great on college applications, too!
Students will participate in coral restoration activities, gather water quality data from a variety of sites, monitor corals for bleaching activities, conduct fish surveys, and conduct seagrass surveys. Up to TWELVE community service hours can be earned!
The program fee is $1300 and includes all meals and accommodations, all dive fees including rental BC, regulator, tanks, & weights, all evening programs and snorkel trips.
Thursday, July 13: Arrive, orientation, lagoon skills check, evening programs are water quality measurement protocols and coral reef ecology
Friday, July 14 : Seagrass ecology snorkel with surveys; SCUBA dive in the afternoon, using Bleachwatch protocols to look for bleached corals. Evening programs are a reef restoration discussion and a microplastics lab.
Saturday, July 15: SCUBA dive in the morning to view coral reef nursery and restoration sites and help clean baby corals; a Mini Adventure in Jules' Undersea Lodge & MarineLab Undersea Laboratory in the afternoon; REEF Fish Identification lecture and zooplankton identification lab in the evening.
Sunday, July 16: SCUBA dive in the morning to conduct REEF fish surveys; mangrove ecology snorkel in the afternoon; a deeper look at coral reef ecology and invertebrate diversity in the evening
Monday, July 17: A last SCUBA dive to conduct more REEF fish surveys; a discussion about marine debris and a field trip in the afternoon to do an underwater cleanup; upload data and evaluations, and relax in the evening.
Tuesday, July 18: breakfast and then depart, no flying until after 12 pm!
Participants will be taught and guided by MarineLab's staff scientists and divemasters, and will be chaperoned by Mr. Ken Kessenich of Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Kessenich is a high school science teacher with over 36 years of diving experience, including research experience in Baja, Belize, and islands off the Northeast US Coast. He became a PADI SCUBA instructor in 2004. He shares his passion for marine science by leading marine ecology trips for high school students here to MarineLab for the past 21 years. Ken says, "It's great to be able to combine education and research with the fascinating world of our oceans."
Facilities: Participants are housed in MarineLab's air-conditioned dormitories. See more about our facilities here. Meals are provided at our on-site cafeteria. Snorkel trips are taken aboard our fleet of Twin Vee catamarans, and dive trips are conducted aboard a professional dive charter, Island Ventures.