SCUBA needed?

From: pulipal@netscape.net
Date: Mon Sep 23 2002 - 11:16:42 EDT

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    "John Ager" <john.ager@virgin.net> wrote:

    If you want to be a marine biologist do you need scuba diving experience? If so, what kind?
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    It depends on what your job entails. Marine mammal people don't really need SCUBA experience since the animals don't like the bubbles that you're constantly expending. A coral reef biologist on the other hand might extensively use SCUBA, particularly if they are lucky enough to go in the field all the time.

    I personally have my advanced open water certification and am getting ready to take some more classes. I would say it wouldn't hurt to get the open water certification (basic level). The most important thing is to routinely dive (a few dives/yr) and not wait a few years in between, because then you really need a refresher course to jog your memory on this.

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