CIEE Bonaire is offering a 3-week Scientific Diving program in January 2015!  January 3 – 24, 2015

By completing two courses, Advanced SCUBA and Marine Ecology Field Research Methods; students
become certified AAUS Scientific Divers (American Academy of Underwater Sciences). During this
program, students gain hands-on experience with research methods in a diversity of marine
environments of the Caribbean including coral reefs, mangroves, lagoons and seagrass beds while
perfecting scientific diving skills and how to respond to dive emergencies. The program takes place
on the southern Caribbean island of Bonaire, where the ocean is your classroom. What a great way to
spend January!

Recommended credit: 4 semester credit hours
Students will enroll in the following co-requisites

Advanced SCUBA (1 semester credit) MARI 3004 BONA
Students expand their understanding of scuba diving beyond the recreational level in order to fully
participate in the scientific dive program in Bonaire. CIEE is an institutional member of the American
Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and adheres to the safety program sanctioned by AAUS.
Students learn techniques that improve their diving skills and learn to respond to medical
emergencies in and out of the water. By completing the course and the co-requisite course Marine
Ecology Field Research Methods; students gain a certification as an AAUS Scientific Diver. Students
receive training for certifications in open water diving, advanced adventure diving, rescue diving and
dive emergency management provider

Marine Ecology Field Research Methods (3 semester credits) MARI 3005 BONA
Students apply internationally recognized field research methods in an inquiry-driven approach to
understanding tropical marine ecosystems. The course focuses on training students in field
observation, data collection, record keeping, and data analysis in order to study coral reef, seagrass
and mangrove communities. During the course, students conduct fieldwork using SCUBA and are
involved in ongoing research projects in collaboration with the Bonaire National Marine Park.
Equipment commonly used includes: compasses, transect lines, quadrats, underwater videocameras,
fish survey T-bars, writing slates, benthic corers, light meters and secchi disks. Students will become
familiar with photographic equipment, underwater housings, and image software. In addition to this,
students learn to organize, test, and evaluate data sets and present their findings.  While the course
introduces students to research diving knowledge and techniques with broad applications, it focuses
on using scuba research techniques to better understand coral reef, seagrass and mangrove

To apply, go to
If you have questions, please contact  Accommodations, diving, field trip and
lab fees, and all meals are included in the program fee.  Deadline: December 1, 2014