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Fourteen Lycoming College students received their Professional Association of Diving Instructors open water scuba diving certification. Students completed their open water dives on Sept. 24 and 25 in an area of the Loyalsock Creek known as "Slab Town."
"Scuba certification is good for life - students can now incorporate diving in their world travels and observe up close and personal the freshwater or marine habitats and biological diversity of fish and other aquatic organisms," says Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology and a member of the PADI. "I get great joy observing how students react to breathing underwater and seeing how close they can get to a fish!"
The students included David Ballard, Jonathan Bastian, Brittany Buckley, Katherine Crosmer, Domenico Giordano, Robert LeComte, Kimberly Morris, Quentin Reinford, Dan Snyder, Lindsay Stern, Laura Walter, Denyse Walters, Emily Welliver and Ashley Welsh.
Since 1984, Lycoming has offered PADI open water and advanced open water certification courses for physical education credit. Zimmerman coordinates the courses through A Water Odyssey SCUBA Inc., run by Lycoming alumnus Frank Morrow.