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