BSMB students, CMAS certified SCUBA divers
By Charlemagne P. Recente, USTP Panaon BSMB Faculty
The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) in Panaon, Misamis Occidental, delved into the wonders of Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) diving and the unparalleled experiences it offers to those who dare to venture beneath the surface.
SCUBA diving is one of the core courses in the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology program helmed by Mr. Charlemagne P. Recente, an experienced marine biology instructor.
The SCUBA diving class enhances the student’s practical skills and hands-on experience in marine biology. Students also get to explore the underwater world through SCUBA diving, helping them better understand marine ecosystems. This immersive learning experience allows BSMB students to apply their academic knowledge in real-world settings and develop a stronger connection with the marine environment.
The USTP Panaon provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical diving abilities by integrating SCUBA diving into the curriculum. Through this, students can conduct research, surveys, and conservation initiatives more effectively.
This addition demonstrates the campus’ commitment to offering a comprehensive education that prepares students for a career in marine biology. By combining experiential learning with theoretical knowledge, the USTP Panaon equips students with the necessary skills and experiences to excel in the field.
As a result, ten (10) marine biology students obtained certification as 1-star divers and one (1) was conferred with a 2-star advanced diver certification from the Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS), the world underwater federation.
In addition, two (2) BSMB faculty members have also taken significant steps to enhance their diving skills. Mr. Mark Arcilla and Mr. Recente have refreshed their training to obtain the 2-star advance and 2-star rescue certification, allowing them to progress further and work towards the prestigious 3-star accreditation. CGA COMMO Gert Heyns and CG PO2 Kris S. Delgado helped in facilitating the CMAS certification.
Furthermore, it is noteworthy how several marine biology graduates have already obtained diving certifications and are currently employed by the government. These certified graduates utilized their expertise in marine biology and diving skills to contribute to various government initiatives related to marine conservation and research.
Overall, the marine biology program at this institution is actively supporting and facilitating diving certifications, with students and faculty members eagerly participating in the training and enhancing their qualifications in underwater exploration and research.