What is Aquarius?

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.

Latest News

Impacts of Sharks on Coral Reef Ecosystems II Mission runs September 7-13


This mission will explore the impacts of sharks on coral reef ecosystems and how the decline of shark populations globally is changing coral reef ecosystems for the worst. Throughout this mission we will be hosting virtual field trips using Skype in The Classroom. In order to sign up for this opportunity register for Skype in The Classroom at education.microsoft.com and then search for Aquarius Reef Base. Contact Education Coordinator Cathy Guinovart at cguin005@fiu.edu with any questions.

Recompression Chamber Operator Course


Become a more informed, safer diver! Take our new Recompression Chamber Operator course to learn more about what it takes to treat diving related injuries.

Saturation Diving Course


DO YOU WANT TO LIVE UNDERWATER AT AQUARIUS? For the first time, FIU is now offering "Introduction to Saturation Diving". This course starts off by giving you in-depth discussion on the theory of saturation diving and class culminates with an overnight stay at Aquarius, which will be operated in 1-atmosphere mode.

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