Category Archives: Skills and Training

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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Curious seal helps in mask clearing

Here is a heartwarming video about a seal that is curious to learn more about how to clear the mask…

Apparently the video takes place in North Sea.

This video was uploaded to YouTube by Ben Burville. It would be interesting to know if  Ben himself appears on the video.  If you have the answer, please leave a comment.

This is not the only close encounter with a seal reported in Underwater Herald. Few months ago we wrote about the boy and the seal.

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Scuba divers go under the ice

Ice diving.
Ice diving. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Underwater Herald has earlier brought you a story about How ice prevented the traditional New Year’s dive at Michigan.  Now, here is an equally icy story from Quad Cities. In this story, however, it the ice that makes the diver happy and excited.


The scariest part of scuba diving under ice for Joe Collins of Eldridge is knowing there’s a ceiling 9 inches thick above you.

“You just can’t go up,” Collins said Saturday.

He spent 17 minutes in water that was 36 degrees. Afterwards, he climbed out, where the air was crisp and the temperature was in the teens.

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Top 10 Newbie Diving Mistakes | What not to do when you’re learning to dive


This article is about newbie mistakes but even the experienced scuba divers may find this a useful reminder of safe diving practises.


We’ve all been there — when you’re a new diver, it’s easy to make inadvertent mistakes. Here are 10 to avoid as you hone your underwater skills.

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