Diving for Science

The Meadows Center - Diving for Science Programs: 

              Aquarena Springs - San Marcos, Tx

                (Sign up through Copeland's for any of these courses.)

              Spring Lake volunteer dive authorization course:
                          $30 - Registration fee @ local dive shop
                          $200 - Course fee paid to Aquarena

       Prerequisites: O/W SCUBA Cert. (Minimum 20 dives AFTER certification)
The Meadows Center, formerly known as Aquarena Center, is located in San Marcos,Texas. The most popular program is Spring Lake volunteer dive authorization course, and is a prerequisite to all other courses available through The Meadows Center, thus REQUIRED prior to taking any other programs. Divers learn to become docents at the center and volunteer their time to work in a liquid laboratory. There is home study prior to the 1 day course, where divers attend a classroom lecture where they will learn about the Edwards Aquifer, endangered species, archaeology, and both state/federal regulations pertaining to Spring Lake. During the afternoon portion of the class, divers will don their SCUBA gear and training will focus on diving techniques to ensure protection of Spring Lake and it's related ecosystem. After successfully completing the Spring Lake volunteer dive authorization course, volunteers and researchers will be authorized to work in Spring Lake. This program qualifies as a PADI specialty.

                               Underwater Naturalist: $150
                                        Prerequisites: Diving for Science-Level 1
 Want to learn more about the flora and fauna in Spring Lake? The San Marcos Springs and Spring Lake provide critical habitat for many plants and animals. Home to eight federally listed endangered species; Spring Lake's ecosystem is very unique. Mary Wicksten, Texas A&M University Biology Professor, educates divers on the different native and nonnative plants and animals found in Spring Lake. After taking the Underwater Naturalist class, you will be able to identify and make sense of the different aquatic species found in Spring Lake.

                             Underwater Archaeology: $230
                                        Prerequisites: Diving for Science-Level 1
 If you are interested in archaeology and SCUBA diving, Underwater Archaeology may be the class for you. Registered as an archaeological site, Spring Lake is governed by the Antiquities Code of Texas. The focus of this class is on underwater archaeology as it pertains to Spring Lake. Fritz Hanselmann, Underwater Archaeologist, teaches divers lift-bag techniques, how to survey an area, and how to identify an artifact. During this class you will also get a chance to work on Shiner's dig site. After taking the Underwater Archaeology class, you will have a greater understanding of the history of the San Marcos springs and gain hands-on experience in underwater archaeology.

             Understanding Photography & Videography: $230
                                     Prerequisites: Diving for Science-Level 1
 Are you interested in capturing the underwater world through a camera lens? Digital media provides a way to capture, share and remember breathtaking moments underwater. The Meadows Center is the perfect place to bridge the gap between land-based photography and underwater photography. Diving conditions in Spring Lake are ideal for underwater photographers and videographers looking to hone their skills. Spring-fed water from the Edwards Aquifer provides excellent visibility and keeps the temperature at approximately 72 degrees year-round. An abundance of flora and fauna provide endless opportunities for photographers and videographers.
This class will focus on the basics of photography and videography. Classroom lecture topics include: underwater housings, composition, blocking shots, framing shots correctly and extensive buoyancy control exercises. Divers will also learn about underwater light immersion and magnification, which will make all the difference in capturing photos and videos. In the second part of the class, divers will don their SCUBA gear and practice recently acquired photography and videography skills underwater. After taking Understanding Photography and Videography, you will be able to produce powerful images and a final product that is more professional.

                            Documentary Film Making: $700
                                         Prerequisites: Diving for Science-Level 1
 Are you interested in making an underwater documentary film? Underwater videography is exciting to shoot and amazing to watch. The Documentary Film Making class at The Meadows Center will teach you how to capture exciting footage and create professional quality documentary productions. Students will learn about audio and video equipment, blocking shots, lighting color spectrum, filters, composition and digital non-linear editing. Students will also become very familiar with the elements of Electronic Field Production. While the class encompasses all the technical production elements, the focus is on planning, filming and editing documentaries of real events or subjects. After students learn in the classroom, they will don their SCUBA gear and apply newly acquired skills underwater. This class provides the students a powerful means of communication and persuasion with digital video as the medium. You can make a difference and help everyone around you see the underwater world with a finely tuned sense of awareness and joy.

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