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  • Locations: Kailua-Kona, HI, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:


FLP Reef Diver ImageThis course offers certified divers an opportunity to combine a passion for diving with a commitment to marine conservation and the protection of coral reefs and their wildlife. We will travel to the Big Island of Hawaii and following Project Aware distinctive specialty course outlines, become environmentally responsible divers learning about coral reef, shark, turtle and manta ray conservation and the impact of marine debris on coal reef life and ecosystems. Our academic studies will be complemented by four days of boat diving in the warm, clear waters of Hawaii. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn Project Aware Specializations, which count towards PADI Master Scuba Diver certification – the highest recreational diving certification in the PADI recreational diving system. We will spend six night based in a hotel in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our first day's diving will be consist of dive orientation, skills assessment and the Under Water Naturalist Certification. Diving on the subsequent three days will include a manta ray night dive. Other dives will look for sharks and turtles while diving on the Big Islands spectacular reefs. Our diving will be with a large, experienced local PADI accredited dive operator from big well equipped dive boats.

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in OC 499: Reef and Tropical Conservation Diver (3 cr. ) or OC 599: Reef and Tropical Conservation Diver (3 cr.)

Learning outcomes
During this course students will:
  1. Develop, through readings, assignments and diving an inter-disciplinary and experiential understanding of the role divers can play in marine conservation and the protection of coral reef ecosystems.
  2. Develop a more in-depth practical understanding in up to four specific areas of tropical marine/coral reef conservation (e.g. coral reef conservation, pelagic life, manta rays, underwater naturalist, etc.).
  3. Experience the grandeur of the Hawaii’s coral reefs and marine life.
  4. Demonstrate the use of logic and reasoning to synthesize information and arrive at defensible conclusions about the role of divers in coral reef conservation.


This Program is designed for any undergraduate, graduate and non-degree seeking students with a passion for diving and a committtment to coral reef conservation. Students that have completed PAC Scuba classes and/or are enrolled in Integrated Biology, courses in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Fisheries and Wildlife, Marine Sciences and other Natural sciences may be especially interested.

Participants must be a certified diver from recognized diving accreditation body.

Physical requirements:
Diving requires a reasonable level of physical fitness consistent with the level of activity required. It is important for students to be reasonably physically fit (as well as medically fit) in order that they are able to complete the program.

Cost Estimates

Program Cost Estimates

Program Fee $1,836
Tuition [3 credits] $603 (undergraduate); $1,371 (graduate)
Aifare $700
Shuttle Transfer in Hawaii (R-T)   $36
Divers Insurance               $75
Diver Gear Rental $120
Meals (not included)        $150
Misc. Expenses  $75
Total Estimated Expenses $3,595

Additional Info

The Program Leader is Michael Harte

This program is currently not accepting applications.