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Scientific Diving and Coral Reef Assessment

Course Numbers: OCMB - 9700

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.

Learning Objectives

Students will have:

  1. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to be a Scientific Diver in good standing within the Nova Southeastern University Dive program.
    a. Demonstrate the proper use and maintenance of all scuba diving equipment
    b. Demonstrate the use of dive tables and the diving physics related to safe depth and bottom time limits
    c. Demonstrate proper and safe buoyancy control
    d. Demonstrate the use of a compass and appropriate underwater navigation skills
    e. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to be a trained rescue diver

  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the issues related to scuba diving-based coral reef assessment techniques:
    a. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various coral reef assessment techniques especially within the context of project objectives, specific field       environment conditions, and limitations in resources.
    b. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to collect appropriate data utilizing coral reef assessment techniques discussed in lecture.



Winter 2016 Syllabus