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Our Bahamas Marine Biology program for middle schoolers is a hands-on introduction to marine biology at the Gerace Marine Research Center in the beautiful Bahamas. Snorkel on the thriving reefs, witness bioluminescence, and learn to scuba dive!
Location:
Nassau, Bahamas
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

How do fish sleep? What do jellyfish eat? What is coral? How does it form into reefs? Where does sand come from? Join us this summer to explore the mysteries of the marine world in the turquoise waters of the Bahamas. We stay on the little island of San Salvador, first discovered by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the new world in 1492. Situated on the edge of the continental shelf the island is surrounded by coral reefs, which makes it a perfect place to discover the magic of the underwater world! During your visit you explore tide pools, snorkel with tropical fish, check out historical landmarks and even have a chance to discover scuba diving! Optional Scuba extension Students interested in earning the PADI Open Water certification can join Broadreach for an optional 4-day scuba certification extension at the conclusion of the course. Working with professional, experienced dive instructors, learn the basic techniques in shallow water and then head down to the reef to check out the spectacular reefs which make San Salvador famous for wall diving.

Our Bahamas Marine Biology program for middle schoolers is a hands-on introduction to marine biology at the Gerace Marine Research Center in the beautiful Bahamas. Snorkel on the thriving reefs off San Salvador in the Bahamas. Witness bioluminescence on a nighttime snorkel. Optional scuba extension and certification available. Learn about fish, coral and the entire marine ecosystem. Take side excursions and meet endangered iguana, starfish and more.
 

Setting Description:
Arrive on San Salvador and check out your new home for the next two weeks, the Gerace Marine Research Center. Once a United States Navy base, Gerace's facilities still show evidence from the Cold War era with abandoned radar stations, cryptography rooms, radio towers and guard shacks. Close to the Center there are lagoons filled with ancient stromatolites, mangrove channels, Ice Age fossil beds, gorgeous beaches and vast seagrass beds just waiting to be explored. Just steps from the beach, our home is a perfect place from which to explore the ocean world. Grab your snorkeling gear and head to the beach for a glimpse beneath the surface. Colorful varieties of corals and countless fish greet you as you enter the water. During the first few days you begin learning to identify the reef fish, corals and invertebrates as you snorkel on the patch reefs near Sandy Point and in the mangrove estuary at Pigeon Creek. Over a hundred species of fish are found in the waters surrounding San Salvado

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