Explore the Turks and Caicos Islands here.
Also, see some maps, find out where the Turks and Caicos are located, and read some info about climate, geology and more.
Anyone in a reasonably healthy condition and moderately fit can learn to scuba dive. You don’t have to be an olympic swimmer, but you should feel comfortable swimming across an average swimming pool like the one in our rec center back and forth several times. There are a few medications that don’t mix well with scuba diving since being underwater adds pressure to your body and can amplify the effects of certain drugs. If you regularly take any kind of anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, or psycho-tropic drug, there may be a concern but not necessarily. Check out the website www.dan.org (diver’s alert network) and check their section about medical conditions and diving. Stop by my office and we can talk about it. You will have to fill out a medical questionnaire in order to get certified, please discuss any concerns with me first. Most people find that learning to dive is relatively easy once you learn the basics, and opens up a whole new world!
If you already SCUBA certified, then great, you are all set. If not, no problem. You can get certified by doing the reading, videos and quizzes online during the Spring semester, and then completing your pool skills and final certification dives on the May trip. You will register for the PADI Open Water e-learning system at and complete the course prior to May. The cost is $185. We can also go over some of this material in class if you have questions. PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Learning to dive is fun and relatively easy! I hope that you will continue to SCUBA dive long after the class is over. Note that you need to choose the Turks and Caicos Islands, Providenciales as your location when you create an account- please check with me about the dive operator that we will be using before signing up.
Activities and Itinerary
The field trip will reinforce your understanding and experience with marine species diversity and identification, coral reef ecology, associated reef habitats (seagrass beds and mangroves) and issues in tropical marine conservation. While in the Turks and Caicos Islands, we will dive, snorkel, kayak, sail, explore the terrestrial environment, learn about local culture, taste the cuisine and have some free time for relaxing. You will keep an observation notebook and a species identification list. More details about these will be given in class.
Departure from Logan Airport
Afternoon Arrival in Provo
Transfer to Hotel
Pool work for Open Water certification class
Open Water certification dives 1 & 2, on boat
Kayaking in the Mangroves
Introduction to reef monitoring protocols
Open water cert dives 3 & 4, on boat
Morning: SCUBA Diving as certified divers
Sailing Trip on the Attabeyra
Departure from Provo
Evening arrival in Boston
Costs and Payments
The total cost of the trip is $3,285. (Note that this amount includes the $185 required to register for the online PADI open water e-learning course.) Therefore, you will need to make payments totaling $3,100 to Keene State College. Amounts and deadlines for 2019:
- $500 deposit by Jan 5
- $1200 payment by Jan 18
- $1400 payment by Feb 1
- $185 online payment to PADI via credit card
Make checks payable to Keene State College and bring to Dr. Cangialosi’s office, SCIC 326 or to Katie Featherston, SCIC 327. You can also mail the check to:
- Dr. Karen Cangialosi
- Dept. of Biology
- Keene State College
- Keene, NH 03435-2001
It is possible to use student loan money to pay for this trip, check with Dr. C for details.