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.
At a bottom time of 60 minutes we cleaned two trees. During this I imagined them thanking me saying “I can breathe!” and I found myself giggling a little too much about this humorous thought.
We saw sleeping parrotfish that created a gel around themselves, so they could sleep, and we also saw plenty of moray eels. All of a sudden, we heard an excited squeal from our dive lead and she turned around, signaling to tell us what was happening. As she did so, the specimen of her excitement presented itself out of the darkness.
…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….
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.
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.
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.
Teens explore Jupiter, FL dive sites for the first time. Nauts practiced navigation skills and conducted fish and shark surveys.
Eighteen nauts from Florida and North Carolina Chapters are in the Florida Keys conducting a variety of research and coral restoration activities this week. One naut reflects on his second year of paticipation.
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.
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.”
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…
Five nauts attend Tallahassee Ocean Day 2020 at the Florida State Capitol and reflect on their “best meeting ever” with Representative Jackie Toldeo.
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.
SCUBAnauts Tech Opportunity SCUBAnauts International and Protean Industries are teaming up to offer a-4 day course in underwater photogrammetry, laser use, and 3D modeling, just for members! Participants will learn deployment techniques and operation procedures in...