For the second year, students will have an opportunity to apply exploration science skills in the field. In March, 2015, the S/V Sea Dragon, which is owned and operated by Pangaea will be the home base for a week as students explore the coastal areas and waters of the Dominican Republic. There will be opportunties to look at the coral reefs of the area, the unique shoreline geology, document some of the lesser know reefs, and hone skills at documenting an expedition as it happens. In addition, students will gain valuable sailing and boating skills that will enable them to be certified crew by International Yacht Training. This certification is the gateway to allowing individuals to be professional sailing crew members and is a internationally recognized agency.
In 2014 students experienced the Cayman Islands aboard Sea Dragon, including circumnavigating around the smaller two islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Sea Dragon is skippered by Eric Loss and his first mate Shanlee McEntee, both who are gifted teachers and experienced blue-water sailors with trans-oceanic experience spanning the globe. The Exploration Science component will be taught by Dr. Keene Haywood.
– Reef survey techniques
– Shooting video and stills for expedition documentation
– Collecting and using GPS data in the field
– Use of mobile technologies in the field for data and image collection
– Aerial imagery using kite systems
– Use of small ROVs for exploration and reconnaissance
– Organizing data and information for expedition dissemination