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Paddling, Kayaking, and Saving Corals

In November, a group of ten nauts traveled from around Florida to Summerland Key for four days of diving-- or at least of adventures! For our first day in the Keys, we spent the morning studying organism identifications. We were divided into two groups, one group did...

Marine Debris and Invasive Species Removal in the Florida Keys

Nauts from the North Carolina Chapter traveled to the Florida Keys to directly tackle two of these in conjunction with the Florida National Park Service in Biscayne Bay National Park. These advanced Nauts removed hundreds of pounds of trash from the reefs as well as dozens of invasive lionfish AND still found time to blog about it!

Scientific Diver Training at Alexander Springs

Have you ever wondered what fantastic secrets lie beneath the surface of the water? I have!  SCUBAnauts is a great place to discover some of the answers!  With each trip and experience, more of the underwater world is uncovered for me.

“Like a Freshly Minted Astronaut”

Walking around on the seafloor like a freshly minted astronaut. The bubbles from my regulator reminiscent of a peaceful fountain in a meditation room.
Gabe and Sierra hang newly cut coral fragments in the Mote coral nursery. They will later be outplanted to a local reef. Coming eye to eye with a hogfish as I fragmented and hung corals- both of us in awe of one another. All these unbelievably unique experiences gifted to us on our trip to the Florida Keys over a weekend in September.

Scooping Whipped Cream Off Pudding and Other Tales of Microbe Collection

Once I found a patch, I would lower myself to hover directly over the bottom, which was many feet deep of silt, and try to catch the cyanobacteria in the bag. The team at Thunder Bay has tried many collection methods over the years, but the ziplock is simplest and has produced the best, usable results. The best description I heard was it being like trying to scoop whipped cream off pudding into a plastic bag. Each team did six or seven bags to have a total of fourteen collections.

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Two Days, Eight Dives, Sixteen Nauts and a Lot of Science!

Two Days, Eight Dives, Sixteen Nauts and a Lot of Science!

…after the first few skill dives, I got my form a lot better with not kicking up sand and being more observant so that I did not hit coral or other divers. There are also fish that I had personally never seen. When I dove down and learned about a fish called….

What Does It Take To Become a SCUBAnaut?

What Does It Take To Become a SCUBAnaut?

The first step of becoming a SCUBAnaut was probably the most interesting. This was the diving first aid certifications. In order to be confident in first aid skills relating to diving as well as just general first aid, I had to learn tons of new material and make sure I fully understood it.

Savannah Nauts Reach the Keys!

Savannah Nauts Reach the Keys!

My trip to the Keys was amazing! Probably one of the best trips I have ever done. Being there with friends, and meeting new people made it so much more fun as well! When we got there, we unpacked our stuff and I met everyone that I was going to dive with. Everyone was super nice and welcoming, and I knew this was going to be a fun weekend.

Nauts Earn Sea Turtle Specialty Certification

Nauts Earn Sea Turtle Specialty Certification

Just like divers, the turtles who need this procedure start with a lot of weight and then get less and less to only have what they need. We also got to see a bunch of four-day old turtles and learned that only one in ten thousand actually survive to reproductive age.

150 Lifetime Dives During Corona-cation

150 Lifetime Dives During Corona-cation

Many events have been cancelled due to corona virus, but that didn’t stop Diana from completing her 150th lifetime dive and finding things to celebrate in Jupiter, FL on our summer mission!

Our New Friend Jenny (The Tiger Shark)

Our New Friend Jenny (The Tiger Shark)

Overall, today was one of my favorite days of diving ever. Getting to be in the presence of such beautiful animals is unlike anything else, and I hope to do it again soon. My favorite part of the day was the sharks were swimming right in front of us.