The mission of SCUBAnauts International is to educate teens in the marine sciences, enabling them to make a positive impact on the environment and empowering them to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Lasers, Cameras and Drones, Oh My!

The photogrammetry trip was a great experience for those interested in engineering and computers with a mix of diving and data collection. The trip was very hands-on and we were active all day with diving, data collection, computer rendering, drone photography and review from morning until it was time for smores at the campfire.

Building Confidence Through Scuba Accident Lifesaving Management Course

After we completed classroom training, we jumped in the pool where we reviewed concepts learned in the SCUBA certification course such as clearing a mask, sharing air, and regulator recovery. We then proceeded to my favorite part of the course, which was scenarios. All the students took turns acting out the part of a “panicked diver” or “unconscious diver,” and the others applied the skills learned in classroom training to aid the diver and bring them safely to the “boat” or “shore.” 

New Naut Reflects on Diving First Aid Training

Twice a year, members of all six Florida chapters convene for Diving First Aid Training in St Petersburg, FL. Nauts and parents participate in Divers Alert Network’s Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course which covers CPR, neurological assessment, emergency…

Nauts with Florida Representative Jackie Toldeo

“Best Meeting Ever” at Tallahassee Ocean Day

Five nauts attend Tallahassee Ocean Day 2020 at the Florida State Capitol and reflect on their “best meeting ever” with Representative Jackie Toldeo.

November Trip Successful Despite Weather

Despite challenging weather conditions, six nauts completed six dives each and built lasting friendships during a November trip to Summerland Key to participate in coral restoration activities and honor their friend Zack Morris, who passed in May 2019.

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SCUBAnaut, All Grown Up

SCUBAnaut, All Grown Up

    From New SCUBAnaut to Senior I am a senior SCUBAnaut who went on the summer trip to the Texas Flower Gardens. This trip was also probably my last trip and dives with the program as I am aging out of it and am moving up to Gainesville for college at the...

Lionfish Removal Survey at FGBNMS

Lionfish Removal Survey at FGBNMS

Lionfish Are the Science of the Week Science is an important part of any SCUBAnauts International trip, but it was an especially integral part of the trip to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary...

Diving the Flower Garden Banks NMS

Diving the Flower Garden Banks NMS

Our Science Dive Profile For the final summer trip of 2019, five other senior nauts and I had the chance to go diving in the Texas Flower Garden Banks off of a Liveaboard for three days. The Flower Garden Banks...

Flower Garden Banks: Sleeping at Sea

Flower Garden Banks: Sleeping at Sea

The Last of Five Summer Trips SCUBAnauts have been busy this summer. We conducted research in the Florida Keys,  Honduras, North Carolina, and advocated for our oceans in Washington, D.C.  For the fifth and final summer trip of 2019, five other SCUBAnauts and I flew...

Night Dive in North Carolina

North Carolina Night (Morning?) Dive Tired. That’s what we were when we climbed into the van to head to Radio Island Rock Jetty in Beaufort, North Carolina at 12:20 a.m. This might sound like a crazy plan, but Mother Nature made this choice for us. Beaufort North...

Honduras–Day Five

Honduras–Day Five

Preparing to Collect and Replant Staghorn Coral This morning was our final day of diving. Before setting off, we were treated to a delicious breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bacon, and pineapple.  Then we...

Honduras — Day (and Night!) Four

Honduras — Day (and Night!) Four

Another Breakfast in Paradise On the fourth day of the trip to Honduras, it truly became ironic how the name of the islands directly opposed the paradise they actually where. I woke up to rolling waves and a...

Honduras-Day Three

Honduras-Day Three

Balancing Ten Things On Cayos Cochinos we wake up in the morning to the chirping of birds, lapping of waves, and tanks clanging in preparation for the morning dives. This morning we continued our research dives at Steering Wheel key. The fish surveying team comprised...

Honduras-Day Two

Honduras-Day Two

Train of Thought Interrupted At 6:30 I woke up; silently I listened to tropical birds and stared at the mosquito net that was spread above my bed, wondering why I, of all the people in the world, got to be in this magnificent place. Eventually, my roommates’ nagging...