A few years back, I was in Key Largo for a meeting that included two days of diving with folks concerned about the future of our coral reefs and the fisheries they support.
We stayed at Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort, where a large group of college students and marine biology professors from a northern university were staying as well. Given our shared interests in coral reef ecology, I soon found myself among the students in informal conversations with the professors about the intricacies of coral ecosystems. Before I knew it, they’d invited me to join them on their dives in the morning.
This dive trip was about the furthest thing from what you’d expect from college kids in the Keys for spring break. They went to bed reasonably early. In the morning, their dive gear was on the dock and well organized. As divers, they represented many different skill levels, and I kept an eye on some of the less experienced divers while underwater just in case. But they stayed with their dive buddies, and found their way back to the boat with ample reserves of Nitrox in their tanks.
I thought, “What a wholesome way to spend a college spring break.”
If you’re a professor or student of marine biology, why not organize a spring break trip to see Florida’s coral reefs? There’s nothing like seeing them up close to understand how these communities function. And there’s not much better of a way to have fun then to go diving. Many hotels and outfitters offer group rates.