I spent spring break taking a course offered through Stanford's marine science branch in Monterey to get certified as a scientific diver. In five days we completed the prerequisites--PADI's advanced open water and rescue diver certifications--and then also made good headway towards finishing the AAUS scientific diver requirements (I'll have to go back down sometime to finish up, but I can think of worse ways to spend a weekend or two).
|50 degree water means squeezing into a lot of neoprene.|
|Doing a survey for invasive tunicates on the Monterey wharf for one of our scientific training dives.|
|Getting ready to head out to the deep reef.|