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SSI joins up with junior scientific dive team

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Beginning in June 2016, SSI has teamed up with the Junior Scientific Dive Team and Looe Key Dive Center in the Florida Keys to promote the Marine Sciences to the next generation of students.

The Junior Scientific Dive Program was developed by Kama Cannon, a doctoral student at University of North Carolina, Wilmington.  Kama came to the Florida Keys to create a dive program for young people between the ages of 10-15 that makes a direct connection between education and the real world with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math.

By combining the Next Generation Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Standards, and guidelines from the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Cannon developed a cross-curricular place-based Marine Science program that takes advantage of the local Florida Keys environment and resources.

Cannon contacted Will Fox, General Manager and SSI Instructor Trainer/Certifier, of Looe Key Dive Center to coordinate the logistics of the program. Looe Key Dive Center committed by donating classroom, pool, boat space, and rental equipment, and SSI providing the Training Materials.

The program started with a full class of 16 students.  “What we found is that we had a mix of students who weren’t reaching their full potential in school because either they weren’t challenged or didn’t see a practical need for what they were learning in school,” stated Cannon.  “What is also exciting is that the class is predominantly female, especially girls from culturally diverse backgrounds, which are significantly under-represented in the math and science fields at all levels of school and industry. By emphasizing the scuba humanities and environmental science aspects, females were much more interested in the program.”

Since its inception, this program has exploded into something very special. Marcella, age 13, is about ready to complete her 50th dive. “The math we do here is real physics and math. The problems I solve here is what keeps me and my buddies alive. And we are all doing scientific research, not just reading about it. I am just finishing 8th grade and I just found out I won a four year scholarship to any Florida state school! I was not sure of what I wanted to focus on but now I’m interested in Marine Science.”

All students are also continuing their diving education with SSI Specialty programs. As one of their goals, the group got to dive and map an actual ship wreck located in the Upper Keys, help MOTE Marine Lab with their Coral Bleach Watch program, and transplant baby corals with the Coral Restoration Foundation. Elizabeth, age 13, summed it up nicely – “That was the coolest thing I have ever done in my life!”

Validating her initial concept, Cannon found that the real-world relevancy of what the kids were learning positively impacted their motivation both in the program and in science classes at school. “Despite being time consuming, academically challenging, and physically demanding, the actual projects that the group did were perceived as more meaningful than just regular school work. Scuba diving is challenging and the kids are challenged,” explained Cannon.

All of the Junior Scientific Divers are quite proud of their accomplishments and their ratings as both scuba divers with an emphasis on the scientific side. Cheyenne, age 13 explained: “I enjoy having the ability to constantly use my brain, to problem solve and work with science diving tools. Our learning is interactive. Another thing I love is that we perform procedures underwater that some people have trouble with on land!”

The environment is important to all of us and to reach out to the youth of today and engage them in the marine environment and sciences is truly exciting,” states Jeff Saenger, SSI Director of Sales. “We at SSI are committed to educating people on the aquatic environment and there is no better place to start or to invest in than the youth of today.”

Cannon further summed it up: “As an educator, it’s been very rewarding to see the growth in maturity, self-confidence, and academic motivation, especially in the girls. This is a program that could work anywhere.”

“It’s been a team effort between the group leaders, SSI, and Looe Key Dive Center and its staff. And it’s a lot of work sometimes, but also a lot of fun,” added Fox. “Overall, it’s a great program and everybody involved has benefited.  We’re already gearing up for the 2017 group.”

For more information about this program, contact Kama Cannon +1 910-686-0399 – kamaleecannon@gmail.com or Looe Key Dive Center at +1 305-872-2215.

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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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beuchat-logo-1-300x58.jpgFor this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that Mexico is to host the first annual Cancun International Boat Show and Marine Expo this year. But when is the event due to take place?

Is it:

  • A) 9th – 11th July
  • B) 16th – 18th July
  • C) 23rd – 25th July

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag February 2021

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Jeff chats to… Jill Heinerth – underwater explorer, author and presenter (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth.

Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before.

Find out more about Jill and her work at: www.intotheplanet.com


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

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