A truly unique platform, the Aquarius Reef Base has numerous capabilities, offering many different facilities and ways to get involved.
The power of the Aquarius lies in its flexibility. Saturation diving gives aquanauts 10 times more bottom time than traditional divers normally have to conduct studies and training. For projects and events requiring more time in the habitat – hours to overnight stays – but with limited time outside, Aquarius offers 1-Atmosphere operations (1ATA), which can accommodate up to six certified divers. Visiting Aquarius for up to an hour using standard scuba diving protocols is also possible.
No matter how the lab is used, continuous power and telecommunications capabilities make Aquarius an ideal platform for research projects, advanced sensor development, longterm monitoring of coastal oceans and coral reefs, and education and outreach. Web cameras operate during missions with cameras inside and outside Aquarius. Live broadcasts (webcasts and special videoconferencing opportunities) are often conducted that involve schools, museums, and aquariums across the country.
Staff-piloted boats are available for projects requiring surface-based operations. Our professional marine science and operations staff can support the following activities:
- No-decompression diving
- Educational reef and snorkel trips
- ROV / AUV activities
- Surface-based sensor deployment
- Outreach/media productions
Typical areas of operations extend from Carysfort Reef to Alligator Light. All participants must be a minimum of 18-years old.