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MPS Scuba/Marine Ecology

Two important dates:

1.) Tuesday, November 14
 at Washburn there is a whole group meeting of the MPS Scuba Club. THIS INCLUDES PARENTS! If you can get me the emails of your parents, I can email them directly, otherwise you have to get them to the meeting. This is the meeting where we decide absolutely where we are going. We have changed plans and Belize isn't on the table any more. We will also have a specific dollar amount for the trip and a payment schedule.

The meeting will be in Room 202 at Washburn at 6:00 pm. It has to be in the evening because of parents and jobs.

2.) Wednesday, November 29. James Thorson is will talk about his 20+ years of doing dolphin research. I have heard him speak before and this is a great talk. If you are interesting in earning biology credit with the scuba club, you need to come to this lecture. The talk will be at 3:30pm in 202 at Washburn.


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.