Meadows Center announces Spring Lake dive authorization schedule
Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
October 13, 2014
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University has announced its fall schedule for the new volunteer diver education course at Spring Lake.
The course serves as the gateway requirement for those interested in becoming volunteer divers at Spring Lake.
The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course, formerly known as Diving for Science, was reintroduced in early October with new scientific components specific to Spring Lake, integrating new requirements set forth in the recently finalized Spring Lake Management and Habitat Conservation Plans.
"Part of the plans include the introduction of a bio-monitoring system here at Spring Lake," Chief Underwater Archaeologist and Diving Program Director Fritz Hanselmann said. "This system will entail studies of the spring flows, vegetation growth, as well as fish and species counts. We will rely heavily on our volunteer divers to acquire this data and contribute to the body of knowledge that we’re creating here."
Any diver who has an open water certification and a minimum of 20 logged dives is eligible to take the Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course. The course consists of an online lecture component prior to arrival, a full day of dive training and a day of practice volunteer dives. Those who participate can expect to spend a weekend to complete the course, and those who pass will become members of the newly formed Meadows Center Aqua Corps. Current volunteer divers who have already taken the course will automatically become members of the Corps.
"We’re just excited to share the thrill of diving and we want to get people here to learn more about the springs," Diving Safety Officer Sam Meacham said. "Spring Lake is widely regarded as one of the top places to dive in Texas, but we also want divers to better understand the unique habitat we have here, along with biological and cultural resources we have at The Meadows Center."
Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course dates are:
- Sunday, Oct. 19
- Sunday, Oct. 26
- Thursday, Oct. 30
- Thursday, Nov. 6
- Sunday, Nov. 9
- Sunday, Nov. 16
- Saturday, Dec. 13
- Sunday, Dec. 14
- Saturday, Dec. 20
- Sunday, Dec. 21
- Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
- Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
- Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
To register for a class, e-mail DiveCoordinator@txstate.edu or call (512) 245-7541.
About The Meadows Center
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment was named following a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation in August 2012. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is dedicated to environmental research, stewardship, education and service. It is run by renowned conservationist Andrew Sansom.
For the latest updates on when the course will be offered, please “like” The Meadows Center on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@MeadowsC4Water).
To learn more about Spring Lake, see the one-minute video tour: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWA_hL8zjN8