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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
Coral Restoration: Not the Same All Over Coral restoration in the Carolinas has not taken off quite as rapidly as the mainstream coral restoration movement in Florida and the Bahamas. This could be based on...
Behind (and Under) the Scenes Moody Gardens is an amazing aquarium in Galveston, Texas. SCUBAnauts International was given the opportunity to have a behind-the-scenes tour in their facility, and along the way was immersed in a whole different world of diving. Diving...