Aquarium of the Pacific Offers Introductory Scientific Diving Course

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Are you interested in marine life and SCUBA diving? During this five-day dive program participants have the opportunity to dive in temperate Southern California waters and learn what it’s like to be a scientific diver. Participants will earn an underwater naturalist certification, learn data collection techniques at local dive sites, and explore different underwater habitats. Dive sites visited will explore the variety of habitats found in Southern California such as kelp forests, sandy bottoms, and the rocky reef.  Participants will also have the opportunity to dive in the Tropical Reef Habitat, the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, with over 2,000 animals including sharks, sea turtles, and sting rays.

A minimum of an Open Water certification from a nationally recognized scuba certifying agency and a picture I.D. are required and must be carried by participants on all days of the program.

Capacity: 10 participants, ages 15 and up. Ages 15 to 17 require a supervising adult to also sign up for the class.

The five-day dive program is being offered twice: June 24-28 & July 22-26, 2013, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. Participation in all five days of the Scientific Diving Program is required.

Cost for the program is $750 per person (includes transportation to dive sites, dive gear except mask, fins, hood & booties, and underwater naturalist certification supplies)

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. For additional info or to RSVP call (562) 590-1630 or visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/info/introduction_to_scientific_diving/ – cancellation fees apply.

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important topics facing our planet are explored by scientists, policy-makers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, the Aquarium explores the waters of Southern California and Baja and the Northern and Tropical Pacific. Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits. A world of discovery awaits people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. The Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (except Dec. 25 and during the Grand Prix, April 19, 20, and 21, 2013).

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