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    Scuba lessons create splash at Student Recreation Center

    Scuba diving instructor Eric Fairfield (center), teaches Tracy Min (right), and Alan Nyitray how to scuba dive in the Student Recreation Center pool on Sept. 17.  A group of students have been training for a trip to Mexico on Friday during which they will dive in the Sea of Cortez.
    Scuba diving instructor Eric Fairfield (center), teaches Tracy Min (right), and Alan Nyitray how to scuba dive in the Student Recreation Center pool on Sept. 17. A group of students have been training for a trip to Mexico on Friday during which they will dive in the Sea of Cortez.

    Being in a landlocked state hasn’t stopped students from learning how to scuba dive. Outdoor Adventures, in the Student Recreation Center, offers a scuba certification program.

    Participants attend classes and pool training sessions to prepare for a dive trip to San Carlos, Mexico, where they will spend the weekend diving in the Sea of Cortez and receive their certification.

    The current class will be traveling to San Carlos on Friday.

    In the training sessions, students learn all of the equipment, safety techniques and other skills necessary for a beginning diver to be ready to tackle the open ocean, said Mike Ward, an Outdoor Adventures dive instructor.

    “”We treat students as if they’ve never even been snorkeling before,”” he said.

    The students will spend a three-day weekend on the “”El Duque,”” a 52-foot dive vessel on which they will eat, sleep and prepare for dives, Ward said.

    “”Students are totally involved in scuba diving,”” he said. “”You learn a lot about the ocean.””

    For Craig Stockavas, a

    In the training sessions, students learn all of the equipment, safety techniques and other skills necessary for a beginning diver to be ready to tackle the open ocean.

    geosciences senior and Outdoor Adventures student employee who has previously gone on the trip, the full experience has left him with great memories.

    “”It’s a really positive experience,”” he said.

    The trip and certification costs $395 for students and $434 for non- students, according to the Outdoor Activities Web site. Meals, transportation and equipment are included in the price, Ward said.

    Two more trips planned for this semester that are open for enrollment, said Erica Koltenuk, an Outdoor Adventures employee.

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