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An important date:

So the scuba trip is set for this summer! We are going to Roatan, and island off the coast of Honduras and staying at the Turquoise Bay Resort, a small diver-oriented place on the quiet side of the island. Check it out!

We have 12 students going from three schools: Washburn, Southwest and South. Should be a great trip!

For those going, we have a trip meeting on Thursday, February 1 at 6:30pm in the Washburn High School Media Center on the third floor. At the meeting you will get the necessary documents to sign for going on the trip, we will organize the cerification classes, and we will deal with any travel questions you might have -- like, "What is phone service like in Roatan?"

Also, we are working on bring in another speaker to talk about a marine scology issue. More on that soon.


Throughout the year, the club meets about once a month to learn about issues and topic related to Marine Ecology. Also, the club works with the Scuba Center in Minneapolis and students will learn how to scuba dive in the Spring. The year ends with a summer scuba diving trip where the new divers finish their certification and earn a Lifetime PADI Open Water Diver certificiation. Any student, new to diving or already certified, is welcome!

This year the dive trip is right after the school year ends, approximately June 16-23, and the current plan is to go to Belize. Last year, we went diving off a liveaboard sailboat for a week in The Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. The year before that we went to Bimini, also in the Bahamas.

See pictures from the Exumas trip here.

See pictures from the Bimini trip here.

You need to access the pictures through a Minneapolis Public Schools account.

As part of the club, we will have guest speakers coming in to talk about various Marine ecology topics - shark physiology, global warming and how it is affecting the oceans, fish identification, the Caribbean Lionfish invasion, etc. We will schedule these lectures as the club meeting, about once a month. I will be sending out the schedule soon. The first meeting will be in October.

You can earn a elective Biology credit for participating in the club over the course of the year, going on the summer dive trip and doing a presentation on a Marine Ecology topic of your choice. While this credit doesn't replace your standard science classes/credit, if does enhance your high school transcript. Attending the meetings/lecures are a requirement for earning this credit.

Our first meeting was on Wednesday, September 13. It was an informational meeting, and you can get the notes from that meeting here. I will be contacting anyone who has expressed interest in the club by email very soon about starting fund raising. We will be having monthly meetings on Wednesdays. I will have that schedule here soon..

If this is of interest to you, contact Mark Jensen at Washburn in Room 202, or email him at You will be put on the club's email list and you will keep up to date with the happenings of the club.

We also work with the Scuba Clubs at South and Southwest and all three schools will be sending  students on the summer dive trip.