Divers interested in brushing up
their crime scene skills will do well to take note of a new ‘Dive with a
Researcher’ programme being offered by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
From March 20 to 27 Dr. Hector Cruz
Lopez will be running a Dive with a Researcher programme based on the underwater
forensic science of crime scene investigation.
By working side-by-side with
scientists and marine educators, students take part in ongoing research
projects. Underwater CSI participants will take part in conducting
an actual underwater crime scene investigation, and learn how to analyze the
data and construct a proper defence using forensic techniques.
To qualify for this unique
experience, divers must be over 21 and have a genuine interest in the underwater
world. SCUBA certification is required to participate.
Aside from providing a unique and hands-on
learning experience for divers, the research conducted at the Marine Institute
provides important insight into the regional and global decline of coral reefs
and tropical habitats.
Each day has a full schedule with
three meals, field trips to the reef, discussions with scientists, and fun
activities to increase a student’s knowledge of the fish, coral, and other life
that inhabits a coral reef.