Florida Keys Community College Offers Special Summer Diving Courses


This summer, Florida Keys Community College will again offer several condense classes designed for serious divers interested in learning more about marine science and scientific diving techniques. An interdisciplinary science class, Basic Research Diving, will be offered in a 14 consecutive-day format. Two sections will be offered. The first will convene from May 11th through the 24th, and the second from July 13th through the 26th at the FKCC campus in Key West.

The course will cover a wide range of topics including basic research methods, coral reef assessment and archeological survey techniques, along with advanced diving physiology and emergency management procedures. Successful completion of the course, along with other prerequisites, will qualify graduates as Scientific Divers under the auspices of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

Two additional field classes will be offered and hosted at Captain Don’s Habitat on Bonaire. Monitoring Caribbean Reef Fish will be offered from June 6th through 13th, and Assessing Coral Reef Habitats from June 13th through the 20th. Students will learn basic techniques for assessing the condition and health of coral reef ecosystems using standard methods and protocols.

“These courses are part of the curriculum for our innovative A.S. degree in Marine Environmental Technology,” says course instructor and Professor of Marine Science, Dr. Alex Brylske. “However, our summer programs allow us to respond to divers who haven’t time to pursue a degree, but still want to take some of our more popular courses.”

All courses may be taken for credit or on a non-credit basis. For additional details and course syllabi contact Dr. Brylske at: alex.brylske@fkcc.edu. Enrolment is limited to 16 students per course.

About FKCC’s Marine Science and Diving programs:
FKCC is the only college located within a National Marine Sanctuary and is just five miles from the only living barrier coral reef in North American. The College currently offers associate degrees in Marine Environmental Technology and Diving Business and Technology, in addition to three diving certificates that cover a range of disciplines within the diving industry. Certificate options include Commercial/Work Diving, Professional Research Diving, and Professional Dive Instruction. FKCC also offers industry certification through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and Divers Alert Network (DAN).

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