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Caribbean Oceanography 

Introduction to Field Methods in Oceanography

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Join a crew of college students on a 25-day odyssey in the Leewards—studying waves and tide formation, and mastering survey and sampling methods used by oceanographers in the field.  

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A 50 foot yacht is your home, class and lab for the next 25 days. Investigate an unparalleled diversity of ocean ecosystems. Witness complex mechanisms and subtle changes that have taken place over thousands of years and continue to take place today. The Caribbean’s Leeward Islands provide a backdrop rich with opportunities for field-based discovery. Explore the islands' volcanic origins in Saba and Statia, and study sea floor features typical of the area. Acquire skills in oceanography research techniques and sediment sampling. Learn about coastal ecosystems, their formation and the habitats and organisms that help to shape them.  

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“Christina loved learning to dive and sailing was exciting. The trip leaders were so wonderful. ” — Gail Marmol, Dallas, TX

Master reef surveying. Become proficient in a range of sampling techniques. Earn 3 credits in Marine Science. Gain scuba certifications including PADI Open Water Diver. Also earn International Yacht Training (IYT) sailing certifications.


3 marine science college credits through Lesley University


15 hours of community service


  • PADI Open Water Scuba Diver
  • IYT sailing certifications

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  • College
Community Service & College Credit
  • 15 Hours
  • 3 Credits
  • Highlights
  • Identify the major ocean basins and features of the local coastline
  • Learn research techniques and how to handle scientific field equipment
  • Field experiences in several marine habitats
  • Earn PADI Open Water Scuba Diver certification
  • Experience Required
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school graduate
  • High school or college biology
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago
  • Locations
  • Ile Fourche
  • Saba
  • St. Barts
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Martin
  • Statia

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