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We support both for-credit and not-for-credit instruction by supporting existing FIU classes and offering specialty MERC classes.

FIU Courses

We offer for credit courses for students.

Scientific Diving

Through the Medina Aquarius Program, MERI/C supports the for-credit graduate (OCB6927C, 2 credits) and undergraduate (BSC4473C, 3 credits) Scientific Diving classes that are offered in conjunction with the Environmental Health and Safety workplace scientific diving program. Each class section combines graduate and undergraduates taking the class for credit with professionals receiving the training for workplace safety reasons.

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FIU Training

We also offers non-credit courses that are open to the public.

Flora and Fauna of the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys has a unique biodiversity of plants and animals. Many organisms that live on this small chain of islands are endemic to this region, meaning that they don’t live anywhere else in the world. FIU’s Marine Education and Research Center is offering a continuing education course called, Flora and Fauna of the Florida Keys, which focuses on introducing participants to the ecosystems of the Florida Keys and the organisms which inhabit them. This ten-week class features guided field trips through natural communities of the Florida Keys archipelago and (largely for comparison) one nearby mainland site to introduce participants to native species diversity and local ecology. Isolation, climate, land form, geology and other natural factors furnished the Keys with unique plant and animal communities. This class will provide an introduction to these, as well as to the consequences of anthropogenic alterations, such as habitat fragmentation, rock-mining, and introductions of new species, which are affecting both the native species and the human communities of the Keys. Each class will convene on Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM and last until approximately 12:30 PM. Field trips will begin at one of eight different points (including one location in Everglades National Park (roughly a one hour drive north of Key Largo) near Florida City, Florida. We will be offering this course this spring! To learn more about this course please email Education Coordinator, Aileen Soto at

Register for the course here

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Diving Medical Technician Course


Experts at the FIU Medina Aquarius Program use the unique assets of the program to teach a board-certified Diving Medical Technician course designed to allow students to pass the NBDHMT board certification exam. This 48-hour NBDHMT-approved program provides focused didactic and practical training that addresses recognition, stabilization and treatment of decompression and other diving-related injuries.

Specific course topics include:

  • Diving physiology
  • Recognition of marine life hazards
  • Clinical assessment of diving injuries such as barotrauma and decompression sickness
  • Neurological examinations
  • Hyperbaric chamber operations


Students will drill using an on-site 72" multi-place chamber and gain an understanding of operation of a vessel-based Transportable Recompression Chamber System (TRCS). Upon successful completion of the course, students may apply to NBDHMT for certification as a Diver Medic.

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Recompression Chamber Operator Course

This course offers an in-depth look at the physiology behind diving related injuries and the conduct of a Neurological exam for diagnostic purposes. Students will drill using an on-site 72” multi-place chamber and gain an understanding of operation of a vessel-based Transportable Recompression Chamber System (TRCS).

Learn more about training as a chamber operator


Introduction to Saturation Diving 

This 5-day course will include extensive discussion on saturation diving theory and a practical application of skills in saturation diving. This class will also include practical training in saturation diving operations, equipment and procedures. The class culminates with an overnight stay at Aquarius, which will be operated in 1-atmosphere mode.

Begin your intro to saturation diving