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    Juliana Horvath
    Office of Study Abroad

    Discover the wonderful underwater world, and earn credits in marine science through the Scuba Diving in St. Lucia Program at Saint Francis University. Participation in this program is possible only by registering for a minimum of three credits from the offerings listed. Students wishing to obtain spring credits may do so by registering for the spring semester offering. Students who wish to receive summer credits may do so by registering through Continuing Education’s summer schedules.

  • Academic Offerings

    MS 102 Advanced Diver

    Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course.

    This course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities like deeper diving and underwater navigating.

    The Open Water Scuba Diver Course will meet according to the following schedule:

    • Day 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Introduction; Paperwork; Class Lecture
    • Day 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Pool modules only
    • Day 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Class lecture
    • Day 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Pool modules only 
    • Day 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Class lectureDay 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Pool modules only
    • Day 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Class Final

    While in St. Lucia: The final dives in the warm tropical waters of St. Lucia. Once the open water dives are completed, students will continue on to the Advanced Open Water Diver course while still in St. Lucia.

    MS109 Underwater Naturalist

    Students will apply basic ecological techniques to study the biotic and abiotic factors in aquatic systems. Identification of underwater plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates is required on open water training dives. (1 credit)

    MS111 Fish Identification

    Methods utilized for identifying fish underwater will be learned in this course. Students will use Paul Humann’s Reef Fish ID training system to develop an eye for detail while drawing images of fish that they see while completing their open water training dives. (1 credit)

    MS119 Boat Diver

    Skills needed to safely dive off of a boat will be learned during this course. Students will practice these skills on open water training dives conducted offshore. (1 credit)

    MS 471 Research Diver Techniques

    Aquatic research methods using SCUBA as a research tool. Students will experience various research methods that are best completed with the use of SCUBA equipment. Prerequisites: BIOL 111 (General Zoology), BIOL 111 Lab and basic SCUBA certification. As needed, summer only (3 credits).

    All students must attend classroom sessions (Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.). These sessions will be online so students should consult Blackboard for all assignments. May 1-8: MS 471 Lab, hands-on in St. Lucia

    NOTE: For MS 102, 109, 111, and 119, students must buy the textbook, read the required sections, and complete all knowledge reviews prior to travel to S. Lucia. All dives will be completed in St. Lucia along with material discussions. Please contact Nick Weakland ( prior to registration with any questions and to make certain that all dive requirements can be met while in St. Lucia. Students may take all four of the 1-credit classes if they are already certified.

    What to Bring to MS 471 Class

    Students will be required to provide their own mask, fins, boots, snorkel, exposure protection, and dive light. There are some sets that can be borrowed from the biology department. Tanks, belts with weights, and exposure suits can be rented in St. Lucia. Students also will need at least one set of the Reef Fish, Reef Creature, and Reef Coral books by Paul Humann per every two students. They will also need to bring a field journal. Logistics will be discussed at the first class meeting in April.

    What to Bring to Diving Class

    Students should bring course materials (including dive tables and any paperwork received), pen/pencil and notebook.

    Needed for Pool Sessions

    To each pool session students should bring a swimsuit, towel, clean T-shirt (to swim in if you tend to get cold easily), and old socks that you don’t mind getting wet or aqua shoes (you will wear these under your fins to make them more comfortable).