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First In India, University Offers Scuba Diving Course; 'It Is Really Important That Marine Biologists Know Scuba Diving'

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TAMIL NADU, India -- Scuba diving is much more than an adventure water sport. Realizing this, a university is offering, for the first time in India, a certificate course in scuba diving for marine biologists and researchers to study the impact of global warming on marine life.

The 15-day course offered by the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI), Tuticorin, affiliated to the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tamil Nadu, will focus on marine biodiversity assessment, underwater photography and monitoring of coral reefs and sea grass.

As of now, Indian marine researchers have to go to private scuba diving centres here or abroad to learn the diving skills, which is a must for those studying sea biodiversity.

The institute will soon be applying for recognition from Australia-based Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) to run level one and level two courses in scuba diving.

"Climate change and pollution have adversely affected the coastal environment in India and to know its impact and carry out restoration work, it is really important that marine biologists know scuba diving for it helps in exploring the underwater ecosystem," SDMRI director J.K. Patterson Edward told sources.

According to Edward, there are private institutes in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Goa that offer commercial courses, but this is the first time an academic course is being launched in the country.

The SDMRI will offer open water (level one) and advanced open water (second level) courses in scuba diving as of now. The open water course will cost Rs.12,000 compared to Rs.18,000 being charged by private companies giving scuba diving training.

For the advanced open water course the applicant needs to have cleared the first level and the cost will be around Rs.10,000.

Professional scuba diving training requires an initial investment of Rs.3-4 million and infrastructure like diving equipment, boats, trained instructors, underwater digital camera, underwater video camera and GPS.

Explaining about the other job opportunities being offered in the field, Edward said: "Applicants can go for jobs in government sector, shipping industry, fisheries sector, fire department, coast guard and professional trainers."

The SDMRI, with the support of Ministry of Environment and Forests, has been carrying out coral reef restoration and monitoring work in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay after the 2004 tsunami.

According to scientists, global warming has affected the Gulf Of Mannar, leading to bleaching of corals, affecting fish population and accentuating coastal erosion.

The Gulf of Mannar is the first Marine Biosphere Reserve established in India and covers an area of about 10,500 sq. km. It includes 21 coral islands, each with its unique characteristics, surrounded by coral reefs with rich fauna and floral diversity. Coral reefs are the most diverse, fertile but fragile ecosystems in the world.

For more information, see the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute's web site.

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Reader Comments

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It's really nice to know that there are diving courses started by the Tamil Nadu university. But this article lacks one important information-what is the eligibility required for getting enrolled in the course? It would be nice if you let us know about it. Regards, Nikhil.
   comment# 1   - Nikhil Pawar · Navi Mumbai, India · Dec 3, 2009 @ 9:29am

I agree with Nikhil,No news as to when the clases will start,Or will it start this Year??? There is no info about the courses on the college website too....Warm Regards.Suren.
   comment# 2   - suren · Bangalore, India · Mar 20, 2010 @ 7:49am

I am willing to join in this course, but what is the Eligibility and course fees for this..
   comment# 3   - Harriesahmed · coimbatore, india · Apr 21, 2010 @ 11:52pm

i am a fisheries graduate n plannin to do pg in marine biology and hence it would be of great help to me if u provide with me the elligiblity n contact nos...
   comment# 4   - priyanka nandanpawar · nagpur · May 16, 2010 @ 8:36am

even me interested to look forward to this course hence forth will like to know much about eligibility and course fees kindly let me know as soon as possible. Regards, Swapnil,rockonwithswapnil at
   comment# 5   - swapnil naik · mumbai,india · Aug 18, 2010 @ 2:05am

i want to know about the profational cource on divers.send me an detail .my email
   comment# 6   - jolensamad · ranchi,jharkhand,india · Oct 27, 2010 @ 1:56am

well i am un certified commercial diver and i am looking for dive master certified course so please send me some information regarding to this course
   comment# 7   - sunny lamba · palwal,india · May 6, 2011 @ 4:47am

   comment# 8   - shibu k nair · Dubai uae · May 23, 2011 @ 3:17am

pls let me know the fees strcuctre for the course and future prospect in this profession. regards,
   comment# 9   - sushant · india · Jun 2, 2011 @ 12:27am

I HAD FINESH MY PG DEGREE(MARINE BIOLOGY)IN ANNA MALAIUNIVERSITY now i am willing to join in this course so i need the full detail of this course and carier job opperchunity regards,
   comment# 10   - thiyGU · ERODE,INDIA · Jun 11, 2011 @ 9:32pm

Sir, I am very much interested for this courses,and I am i am a good swimmer also. So please guide me.
   comment# 11   - Ashutosh Naik · sambalpur,orissa.india · Jun 12, 2011 @ 7:54am

hi nikhil, i am much intersted for this courses, and i am good swimmer. what is the eligibility requeted for getting enrolled in the course, so pls guide me
   comment# 12   - guru · india, tamilnadu, chennai · Jun 14, 2011 @ 4:22am

   comment# 13   - A J Prince · Agra, India · Jul 22, 2011 @ 7:59am

   comment# 14   - pritesh · mumbai · Aug 1, 2011 @ 12:17pm

hi im vidhya charanyan and im a general surgeon. im very much passionate about i eligible for this course
   comment# 15   - vidhya charanyan · erode, coimbatore · Sep 15, 2011 @ 5:41am

please provide the fees information for the course underwater photography and also eligibility details to me,
   comment# 16   - samson · chennai india · Sep 21, 2011 @ 1:05am

this is jibin george.i need to know the eligibility and other details of this course.pls guide me,
   comment# 17   - jibin george · port blair, andaman · Oct 18, 2011 @ 6:06am

hi im sabita ,i m a reserch scholar of marine biology very much intrested to join this course so pls provide with me. pls send details in my
   comment# 18   - sabita paikaray · India,Orissa, Bhubaneswar · Oct 28, 2011 @ 12:50am

i would like to know incase if you have any branch in mumbai pls let know ,
   comment# 19   - roshan · indka , mumbai · Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:49pm

we needed know the details of profantion diving course in India and course
   comment# 20   - Amit patil · karad ,maharashtra · Jan 28, 2012 @ 8:15pm

Sir now i am working in Sharjah Aquarium in sharjah.sir i want take diving licence ( PADI) .. how much the price? Sir please send me reply. Ramesh Senior Aquarists Sharjah Aquarium Sharjah Museums Department
   comment# 21   - Ramesh · sharjah · Feb 24, 2012 @ 6:00am

sir whats is eligibility required
   comment# 22   - christopher raju · india · Mar 3, 2012 @ 9:19pm

My son has completed 12th this year and wants to take up diving as a profession. Can u please help me with details of the course, fee, term and accomodation?
   comment# 23   - Sangeeta Hegde · Mumbai,India · Jun 23, 2012 @ 11:37pm

Sir doing my +2 with biology,chemistry and physics will it possible to joing marine biology course
   comment# 24   - b.sriramm · india · Feb 21, 2013 @ 6:14pm

I'm verymuch intrested in this course...but i wanna know wheather this course is value or not ? Pls send the full details to ma email id
   comment# 25   - Ari krishna · Trichy,india · Apr 13, 2013 @ 8:30pm

plz send details n eligibility for course as early as posible
   comment# 26   - dhairyashil · pune · Sep 8, 2013 @ 7:38am

'm verymuch intrested in this course...but i wanna know wheather this course is value or not ? Pls send the full details to ma email id
   comment# 27   - krishna dev · LUCKNOW · Mar 24, 2014 @ 7:18am

My son has completed 12th this year and wants to take up diving as a profession. Can u please help me with details of the course, fee, term and accomodation?
   comment# 28   - Tushar Gadkar · mumb · Apr 15, 2014 @ 4:47am

I couldnt find this place in Tuticorin, but did end up scuba diving with Temple Adventures in Pondicherry. I got PADI Advanced and Nitrox certifications. Dives and instructors were fun and professional. Tis is how to find them if you cant find these guys like me
   comment# 29   - Kumar · Pondicherry · Jun 15, 2014 @ 5:02am

i'm verymuch intrested in this couse..... but ... iam studing in bsc,geology... after completeing bsc.. jion to this coure.... can u pleas help me...full details of the course,fee,accommodation,ect.. my gmail id mohammednadeer19 at
   comment# 30   - MOHAMMED NADEER .P.P · LAKSHADWEEP (INDIA) · Jun 26, 2014 @ 5:52am

Hi sir I am raja Mohammed BE(EEE ) I'm interest travel to under sea So pls explain me which course study for me and explained course days and fees
   comment# 31   - raja · Tamilnadu,india · Aug 24, 2014 @ 11:24am

Iam intrested.kindly tell me total cost for training.and eligibility
   comment# 32   - Manjunath Deshbhandari · sirsi.karnataka karwar.india · Sep 30, 2014 @ 3:23pm
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