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Vintage dive gear at Moody Gardens Aquaruim
This weekend, Oct.19&20th, members of the TAMUG Dive Program and the Cambrian Foundation Historical Dive Team will be doing an interactive educational outreach program for patrons of the Moody Gardens Aquarium in Galveston, Texas.
Visitors will be able to see and talk to divers wearing a variety of vintage and modern surface supply and open-circuit diving units including a WWII vintage US NAVY MK V, US NAVY lightweight diving mask (Jack Brown), US NAVY MK 21/ Superlight 17B, EXO BRMS/ EXO26, and an assortment of aqualung single and two stage double hose regulators. Diving demonstrations will take place all day in the penguin exhibit and Caribbean tank; we look forward to seeing you there!
New Class for Spring 2014: Industrial Diving Orientation
Look for this new course in the spring as a MAST 489, as of Spring 2015 it will be MAST 321
Instructor: Terrence Tysall
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Employ scientific, commercial, and military style diving equipment and techniques; practice tasks associated with the commercial, scientific, and military styles of diving; demonstrate an essential understanding of scientific, commercial and military dive planning and execution
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Illustrates the realities of operating in the scientific, commercial and military diving disciplines; Practice real world training scenarios involving multiple aspects of each of the three fields
Gear Night at the Pool!
Join us for one of our many gear nights throughout the semester to try out surface supply, doubles, DPV, stage bottles and spare air bottles.
MK V Experience Update
The Dive Program is excited to announce that the MK V experience program will grow this semester. The Cambrian Foundation has agreed to help support the program which will enable us to do public demonstrations utilizing this historical piece of diving equipment. We have invited members of the Army 627th Heavy Dive Team to join us at the Moody Gardens Aquarium to participate in our first public demonstration.
Special thanks to Paul Schenk and his team for supporting this program and our students!
Here are the upcoming MK V Experience dates:
Sept. 20-22 Basic Training
Oct. 11-13 Refresher Training for MK V core team
Oct. 18-20 Public Demonstration at Moody Gardens Aquarium with special guests the 627th Heavy Dive Team
Dec.6-8 Public Demonstration at Dickens on the Strand
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Basic Training
Historic Enrollment for the Fall 2013 Semester!
We are excited to announce that all SCUBA classes for the Fall Semester are full and have waiting lists, including our newest class Rescue Diver. I understand this announcement is not so exciting to those of you who could not enroll in SCUBA this semester but it is definitely a milestone for the Dive Program. To accommodate the growing interest in our program we have increased the cap in each class and have opened an additional SCUBA I section. Between SCUBA I, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster the program is scheduled to train 76 divers this semester.
Summer 2013 Update
Vintage Dive Gear Display
Last fall the TAMUG Dive Program began receiving vintage pieces of dive gear for a history of diving display. So far we have had two very generous donations sent. The first was from Mike Bunst who donated a dazzling variety of antique dive gear. The second donation comes to us from Mrs. Sue C. Wyly, in memory of her husband Mr. Ben F. Wyly, a former Houston area commercial diver and US NAVY UDT veteran. From his estate we received two surface supply air hats. Thank you so much for the donations.
Pilot Continuing Education Dive Class a huge success!
The Diving program ran its first continuing education class in May/June. Under the instruction of Terrence Tysall, three students are now full Cave Divers. Congratulations to Lindy Arbuckle, Jake Emmert, and Victoria Zambrano!
Training the next generation of Team Zissou!
This summer the Dive locker staff supported the university’s Sea Camp through informative talks and gear demonstrations and by holding Try Scuba. This allowed kids to get in dive gear and see what is like to breathe underwater. The kids and our staff really enjoyed this summer activity.
Family Day at the Ocean Star Museum
In July members of the TAMUG dive team participated in the Ocean Star Museum’s Family Day. The topic of the Day was Rigs to Reefs. As volunteer divers for this program we were able to educate the public on the type of research done on oil platforms turned in to artificial reefs and their ecological importance. We brought various forms of dive gear from vintage double hose regulators and a Jack Brown to modern diving gear including a Superlight 17B hard hat, and EXO BRM. Museum patrons were suited up the dive gear to better understand the challenges of working underwater.
NMFS Camera Array recovered!
In July members of the TAMUG Dive Program and the Cambrian Foundation participated in dive operations to help recover a 500lb camera array lost in 226’ of water 40mi off the coast of Corpus Christi. Terrence Tysall and Lindy Arbuckle made up the bottom team who were tasked with the job of finding and securely rigging the array so that it could be recovered. The support divers for this mission, Chad Worcester and Vianne Euresti, were critical to the safety of the bottom team. They carried extra gas and communicated between the boat and the divers below. Special thanks to the boat crew Captain Darrell Walker, Captain Mike Shetler and Dr. Julia O’Hern, contracted through Blue Star Marine, who used their expertise to not only deploy and recover the divers safely but to do it in a way that required very little time on the bottom searching. Another thanks goes out to the 627th Heavy Dive Team for providing Chamber Support. A lot of logistical support was required to carry out this joint mission so thanks to Lt. Jamie Park. John Embesi, NMFS Labs in Pascagoula and Stennis, MS, Cambrian Foundation, NOAA Dive Program, and Flower Garden Banks NMS for their support. Congratulations to all those involved. The equipment was picked up and taken back to the NMFS Stennis Lab, where it will be refurbished and repaired for future use.
Summer Research Supported by the Program
It has been a busy research season, and an exciting one for TAMUG students who were sent out into the field to support underwater research. This summer the TAMUG dive Program was able to supply students on repeated cruises aboard the R/V Manta to help with NOAA Flower Garden Banks NMS long term monitoring and ROV missions. Once a month, TAMUG decompression and trimix divers were able to support the Texas Parks and Wildlife Artificial Reef study. TAMUG Divemasters were sent to support the NOAA Down Under Out Yonder Teachers Cruise as dive leaders aboard the M/V Fling. Cenote research in the Yucatan was carried out by TAMUG cave divers.
As we approach the end of the semester please remember there are lots of opportunities for divers to get involved with our program and get some proficiency dives under their belt before summer.
March 23 1800-2200 MARK V diving lecture with Paul Schenk
March 24 0800-? MARK V diving
March 27 1915-? Movie Night in the Media Pit
April 1 1800-2200 Full Face lecture
April 3 1700-? Full Face pool session 1
April 5 1700-? Full Face pool session 2
April 6-7 Dive Club Trip to Reveille Peak Ranch
April 11-14 Advanced Class Trip to Florida
April 19-21 Open Water Class Trip to Blue Lagoon, Huntsville
April 26-28 Scientific Class Trip to Blue Lagoon, Huntsville
TAMUG Dive Manual
It's finally here! Revision seven of the TAMUG diving safety manual has been published and is now available on the website.
Opportunities for Scientific Divers
NOAA and TPWD are asking for scientific divers to support their 2013 monitoring and research. If you are a current, qualified diver and would like to participate please stop by the dive locker SAGC suite 500B for more information and cruise dates.
The Dive Program is excited to announce a monthly movie night! In January divers in red beanies turned out to watch The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. This month Movie Night will be February 28th, Movie and Location TBD. If you have any movie suggestions please stop by the dive locker.
A Special Thanks to Jan Baldwin, Vernon Camus, Alan Post, General Academics, Waterfront Operations and Dive Rite for your support in purchasing 35 new BCDs for the recreational dive locker. These new BCDs will enhance the student experience and help us produce a more confident streamlined diver.
New Dive Class
Starting Fall 2013, a new dive class will be offered, Advanced Rescue Diver. Are you up for the challenge? For more information please check out the class pages.