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Goa University — curriculum with scuba

You can take courses in scuba diving in most countries but rarely in a university.  It is even more rare that a governmental university would offer such courses.

Goa University in India is a refreshing exception to the rule. Goa university became the first governmental institutes in India to offer scuba diving courses when they were added to their marine biotechnology curriculum in 2011.

Goa University
Goa University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The course was first organized for the faculty of marine biotechnology.  Since then it has been opened students even from other departments. The participants passing the course receive Scuba Schools International (SSI) certification.

The participants also receive academic credits. There are a few other countries such as United States where scuba diving is a recognized part of academic curriculum in some universities and colleges.

Let us hope that the example set by Goa University is soon followed by others in India and elsewhere.

May 18, 2014: Updated the title of the story for improved clarity

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Scuba diving part of Goa University course (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

Scuba cartoons – Add a chuckle to your dive

Almost everybody loves to read a good cartoon and they are almost guaranteed to bring a smile on your face when you read them.

It is not often, however, that we come across cartoons about scuba diving. This is why Underwater Herald decided to take a dive — pun intended — into world of scuba cartoons.

It came as a bit of a surprise that there seems to be scuba cartoonist above others. Majority of scuba cartoons we found online came from one man, Jerry King.

Jerry King is a highly productive artists, who lives in South-East Ohio, USA. Scuba cartoons are just a small part of his portfolio. The National Cartoonist Society Magazine awarded him the Gag Cartoon Award in 2001 and has since been nominated for other awards as well.

Enough talk. It is time for some scuba chuckles!
Here are links to some of the funnies scuba cartoon sites we found:

You may also want to visit Jerry King’s online portfolio to see his cartoons on other topics besides scuba diving.

If you have your own favorite scuba cartoonist and would like to share their name, please do so in the comments.

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India creates new opportunities for scuba diving

India has announced plans to open 7 islands for developing tourism at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands. This includes creating infrastructure that makes previously hard-to-reach scuba sites easier to reach.

English: One of the uninhabited islands of Lak...
One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new infrastructure catering scuba diving and water sports options should be ready by 2016.

According to the Lieutenant Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, AK Singh, night landing facilities would be developed at Port Blair Airport already this year to allow international flights to stop over.

Beach resorts and water sports facilities will be build on three currently uninhabited Lakshadweep islands: Thinnakkara, Suheli Par and Cherium. The costs are estimated to be just under USD 100 million.

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Palau to promote snorkelling, scuba diving and ecotourism

Palau, a Pacific island nation will become a marine sanctuary says President Tommy Remengesau Jr. while addressing a United Nations meeting.

Palau President Tommy Remengesau
Palau President Tommy Remengesau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This move will enable Palau to preserve “a pristine environment” and to find an alternative¬† path to economic growth through promotion of snorkelling, scuba diving and ecotourism.

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