Spring Lake Authorization Course
The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course is designed to sensitize divers to the unique environment of Spring Lake and the safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure protection of the environment, cultural resources and diver safety. Upon successful completion of this course, divers are authorized to come back and dive as volunteer divers for the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and be involved in one of the largest habitat restoration projects in the country.
The Spring Lake Authorization Course is divided into two components. The first component involves classroom lecture, where divers will learn about the Edwards Aquifer, endangered species, archaeology and state/federal regulations pertaining to Spring Lake. During the second component of the course, divers will learn to work in our liquid laboratory (Spring Lake). The focus is on diving techniques to ensure protection of Spring Lake and its related ecosystem. The program provides countless opportunities year-round for volunteers and researchers to scuba dive in Spring Lake in support of program objectives.
- Course Duration: 1 day, plus time necessary to complete take home modules and assessments (@4 hours).
- The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course is divided into 4 take home Academic Modules and assessment quizzes that are to be completed by each student prior to the class start.
- Students will meet for one full day at Spring Lake where the assessment quizzes will be reviewed, diving skills will be assessed, a tour of the springs will be given and common volunteer tasks will be demonstrated.
- This course is PASS/FAIL. Students must score at least 70% on each of the assessment quizzes and demonstrate that they are competent divers (good buoyancy control and situational awareness) in order to pass.
Requirements for taking the Spring Lake Authorization Course:
- Show proof of a Full Open Water SCUBA Certification through a major Dive Training Agency
- Be at least 15 years of age at the time of taking the course
- Show proof of a minimum of 20 logged dives beyond their training dives
- Students must provide their own equipment including tanks and weights
- Pay the Course fee of $230
- Students must complete and turn in all required paperwork.
If interested in taking this course, a $30 Registration Fee is required to secure your spot. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.