• British Virgin Islands
1 - 2 weeks

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The MANTA program fee is $3,815 per student. This includes accommodations and all expenses on the yacht, food, PADI Open Water or Advanced SCUBA certification (includes PADI online course fee, confined water training, check out dives, and certification), transport to/from the airport, instructional materials, and program related activities. This does not include airfare, optional purchases ashore, or snorkeling equipment. The College of Charleston tuition for the 4 credit hours are offered at a 75% discounted dual-enrollment rate of $450.
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PADI Scuba Certifications

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Feb 04, 2020
Oct 10, 2016
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Course Title: BIOL 209 Introduction to Marine Science Diving and Coral Reefs, 4 credit hours
Duration and Dates: 15 days, june 9-23 or July 7-21
This is a unique opportunity for high school students to earn early college credit through the College of Charleston's Biology Department and Center for International Education. The setting for this program is the beautiful Caribbean archipelago known as the British Virgin Islands (BVIs). The base from which the program is operated the Research Vessel MANTA, an 80 foot luxury yacht fully equipped as a long-range, live-aboard dive and research vessel that we cruise the island chain. Students will earn their PADI scuba certification (Open Water or Advanced), learn scientific diving techniques for studying coral reefs, hear lectures on the biology, taxonomy, and conservation of coral reef ecosystems, and conduct underwater observations and research. Students will also function as full crew members and learn hands-on nautical skills.

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  • Earn 4 hours of college credit through the College of Charleston
  • Receive PADI Open Water or Advanced scuba certification, and learn scientific diving techniques
  • Explore and learn about amazing Caribbean coral reef ecosystems, observe sea turtles and sharks in the wild
  • Hands-on experience participating in fundamental & applied marine science research and conservation
  • Explore the Caribbean islands, learn deckhand and seamanship skills, and build confidence and life-long friendships

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This trip was the trip of a lifetime for me. It really showed me what it was that I wanted to do in life and it really created a passion for the field. I have always been one that loves the ocean, so I knew that this was the job field I wanted to go into, but MANTA taught above and beyond. I fell in love with scuba diving and my dream to become a marine scientist was strengthened by what I learned on this trip. The staff were amazing and so friendly and encouraging. I learned so much from them in the short amount of time I was with them, and so many great memories were made. I wish I could go back

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