T4O at Aquarius

July 5, 2011

Teens4Oceans brought down a group of students to Key Largo, Florida in June 2011 to complete the second part of the Aquarius Install Project. In addition to focusing on the deployment of our two high-def cameras on the Aquarius Reef Base, Teens4Oceans was busy getting more of their students PADI certified. Ocean First Divers successfully helped Teens4Oceans get 8 students their PADI Advanced Open Water Certification, as well as 2 students their PADI Open Water Certification. Teens4Oceans was ecstatic to be joined by two students and their teacher from the New York Harbor School. The relationship between Teens4Oceans and the New York Harbor School started in Washington, D.C. during the Blue Vision Summit. Cesar, Jericsson, and their instructor Joe were extremely helpful and a great addition to the Teens4Oceans crew. Prior to the install, we were fortunate enough to visit the onshore Aquarius Control Station, and get a briefing for our dives on the Aquarius site. The diving on the trip was exceptional, including dives on the Aquarius Reef Base, a shipwreck called the Spiegal, and numerous reefs surrounding the Key Largo area. For most of the students, the dive on Spiegal got them to their deepest depth in their scuba diving career, some students getting to depths around 100 ft. After all the diving was complete and the two cameras were deployed, the group ventured south to Bahia Honda, Florida. A transect survey of the reef there was conducted as well as a maintenance check to the Teens4Oceans camera located there. The trip was extremely successful on many fronts and we are excited to use the cameras to produce education content in the near future. In addition, Teens4Oceans looks forward to continuing to build its relationship with the New York Harbor School.