On April 21, 2011, a pre-dawn fire swept through the Johnson Natatorium at The University of Southern Mississippi. The flames and intense heat destroyed all SCUBA equipment, a week before students were to take their open water certification dives.
Three years later the SCUBA program, offered by the university’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, is back. Students are able to earn college credit for courses ranging from basic certification to specialties such as advanced diver and rescue diver. In some cases students may apply these skills to a future profession, such as marine biology or therapeutic recreation.