The Medina Aquarius Program is dedicated to the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide. As part of the FIU Marine Education and Research Initiative, the Program is enhancing the scope and impact of FIU on research, educational outreach, technology development, and professional training. At the heart of the program is the one-of-a-kind Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory.
Deployed 60 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Aquarius is a globally significant asset that provides unparalleled means to study the ocean, test and develop state-of-the-art undersea technology, train specialized divers and astronauts, and engage the world's imagination. At Aquarius, scientists are at the cutting edge of research on coral reefs, ocean acidification, climate change, fisheries and the overall health of the oceans...Read More.
Hurricane Irma caused considerable damage to the Aquarius undersea laboratory and Life Support Buoy. Donations to Aquarius can be made directly through FIU by clicking on the title above OR going to https://give.fiu.edu/…/school-of-environment-arts-and-soci…/ and clicking on 'Aquarius Reef Base Program' in the drop down menu.
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. Register now!
Navy divers will practice an operational readiness training scenario about core drilling that lead to the collapse of a structure after an earthquake struck, thus causing debris to be spread out over a large area on the ocean bottom. US Navy dive teams will use rebreathers to set up the debris field, program search patterns for an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle that will survey the bottom to identify the debris, and use hand held navigation and sonar systems to find and recover the debris.