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What the heck is that?

You've just asked one of the most common diving marine biological questions - and with good reason. In the tropics, there is an infinite variety of life. Creatures from the bizarre to the common live together in this intriguing realm. Some fish wear brightly colored ornamentation to challenge your curiosity, others live nearly hidden by camouflage.

The Arc Tropical Marine Biology program, run by our staff marine biologists and oceanographers, offers a fascinating opportunity to affirm or further define your interest in this science. The qualifications and certifications that you earn can also be applied toward high school credit.

While reef awareness and underwater naturalist certifications form part of the course, our focussed Marine Science training program reaches well beyond these specialties, offering a scientific approach for those who want to learn more. Our live-aboard program combines scuba diving and field studies with marine sciences, concentrating on building knowledge in this growing area of environmental science. The activities and study groups are very practical in nature.

The program runs aboard 46-foot catamarans and 50-foot sloops, which become our home and floating classroom and lab for the duration of the voyage. You will become proficient in sailing as you learn to navigate the yacht from island to island and site to site. Using a specially-prepared study manual and field guide, you will learn about the following:

Water: The basis for life
arrow Coral reef evolution, structure and growth
arrow Sponges, jellyfish, crustaceans, mollusks
arrow Interrelationships of marine life
arrow The reefs and lagoons
arrow Fish Biology, dissection
arrow Ichthiology
arrow Mangrove Biology
arrow Artificial reefs

This program offers an increedible opportunity to learn by doing, seeing and experiencing those things that most students only read about in books.

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