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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)

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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