September 1, 2014  

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Southern Miss Students Earn SCUBA Certification

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Students enrolled in a Southern Miss scuba certification course practice underwater navigation during an open water dive and skill review.

Exams do not always involve No.2 pencils and scantrons, a lesson quickly learned by students enrolled in the School of Human Performance and Recreation’s self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) course at The University of Southern Mississippi.

At the end of the 2013 spring semester, 11 Southern Miss students piled into a van bound for Vortex Springs, a camping and diving park near Ponce de Leon, Fla., to complete their certification training.

Diving skills learned at the Southern Miss M.C. Johnson Natatorium were put to the test in open water. Basic skills evaluation included navigating by compass and clearing a face mask full of water without surfacing. Emergency ascent and air sharing were some of the emergency procedures tested.

After a three-year hiatus, this is the first group of students to earn their open water diver certification through the Southern Miss program.

Scuba certification courses, offered by the School of Human Performance and Recreation, are available to students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 601.266.5386