This course is designed to provide continuing SCUBA diving education and teach basic scientific diving techniques with emphasis on coral reef assessment and monitoring. The course lectures on SCUBA diving skills include underwater navigation, diving physics, rescue diving,
and the use of maps and basic knot tying. Lectures also include discussions on basic coral reef fish and benthic assessment and monitoring techniques. The course includes 12 dives during which the students will practice their diving skills and try many of the basic assessment and monitoring techniques. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will attain Scientific Diver status in the NSU OC Scientific Diving Program. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to acquire higher recreational SCUBA certifications (extra fee required per certification) such as Advance Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and several other specialty certifications.
Students will have:
an understanding of the basic principles of scientific diving
knowledge of basic underwater coral reef assessment and monitoring techniques
experience in conducting field work, preparing reports, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions
an appreciation of the work of coral reef field scientists
an understanding that the science of coral reef assessment and monitoring is a diverse and continuously growing field
Winter 2014 Syllabus
Melissa Bofto and Julio Perez
firstname.lastname@example.org NSU Oceanographic Center
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004
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