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Public Affairs : Scuba Team completes second certification

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Scuba Team completes second certification

The West Point Scuba Team, led by Class of 2013 Cadet Chris Dibiase, recently completed its second certification dive of this academic year Oct. 20-21. Eighteen cadets culminated their three-weekOpen Water certification course with a two-day dive trip in the chilly waters of Dutch Springs, Pa.

After their final certification dive, students became card carrying Basic Open Water Scuba divers, certified under the National Association of Underwater Instructors. This class is one of four the 18-member Scuba Team provides for cadets, officers and noncommissioned officers.

Students taking the certification classes come from a myriad of Scuba backgrounds; some have no experience and others seek to further their various levels of certification. All training and certifications are facilitated by the cadets on the team. Team members are chosen as plebes by a rigorous selection process and increase their diving experience until they achieve the Scuba Instructor certification by their junior year.

 Many cadets also take advantage of the annual spring break trip that the team hosts to enjoy a week in the tropics and improve their experience as divers. This year cadets will be exploring the warm water of Belize.