The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Scuba Diving Club held their second meeting for the semester on Sept. 24, welcoming students and professors who have a passion for the recreational sport.
The meeting held on Thursday uncovered future events that will take place throughout the semester. Christina Henderson, junior marine biology major and scuba club president, went over the certification process, the locations the team will visit, community service and fundraising events.
Certified or not, the team welcomes anyone to join. For the non-certified, the team will hold snorkeling trips if the schedule allows it. The club is currently partnered with Ascuba Venture which can help with the certification process, student discounts and scuba training.
“Anyone who isn’t certified is welcomed to join,” Henderson said. “We usually work towards having them receive their certifications and also help with some great student discounts.”
The club has visited several dive sites such as Mammoth Lake, Port Aransas Jetties, Canyon Lake and Lake Travis.
“We dive everywhere, mostly in Texas, on the Gulf and in lakes,” Henderson said. “Our next trip for this semester is actually Garner State Park.”
Henderson said this semester the club will hold a tie-dye fundraiser to raise money for their trip.
“I know students have to take one or two science classes, so we thought we could have a booth set up outside the science building and tie-dye students’ lab coats,” she said.
While the club members enjoy their trips to various locations for diving, they also hold fundraisers, welcome guest speakers and perform community service. The service projects mostly focus on cleaning shorelines and riverbeds, Henderson said.
“Right now I’m talking to the Texas State Aquarium to hold a beach cleanup with our scuba club and the rest of our water-based clubs on campus,” Henderson said.
Some club members see the scuba diving as a chance to live out a childhood dream.
“Scuba diving to me is ultimate bliss,” senior marketing major and scuba club member Ashlynne Gooch said. “I’ve always been interested in scuba diving since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved the ocean and been so curious about it.’”
Gooch is a returning member of the club and said she is excited about the upcoming events.
“I would definitely encourage more students to join,” Gooch said. “It’s worth the cost and its worth trying.”
The club will take its first trip of the semester to Garner State Park from Oct. 14-15. More trips are in the works.
For more information about the club, email Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org.