Diving School Profile: Great Lakes Water Studies Institute

The campus facilities include a 60,000-gallon indoor training tank and multiple laboratories where students learn core competencies.     BY NICK FORTUNA ALL PHOTOS COURTESY GREAT LAKES WATER STUDIES INSTITUTE You could call it beginner’s luck, or the natural result of pairing bright minds with new technology. But either way, when students at the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute located ...

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Dive School Profile: Santa Barbara City College Marine Diving Technology Program

BY MARY LOU JAY PHOTOS COURTESY OF SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE In 1968, Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) pioneered formalized diver and technician education with a curriculum that enabled students to earn an associates of science degree while completing a certified diver training program. There were several reasons the school took this step, according to Geoff Thielst, chair and program director ...

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Dive School Profile: Commercial Diving Technologies Institute

BY MARY LOU JAY PHOTOS COURTESY OF COMMERCIAL DIVING TECHNOLOGIES INSTITUTE After decades of offshore commercial diving and supervisory experience, Ken Shelley and Sid Preskitt felt there was something missing in diving training programs. “The entry level people coming out of the schools didn’t have the level of working knowledge that we thought they should,” said Preskitt. They started Commercial Diving ...

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