The HTH SCUBA club is a student led non-profit in which students SCUBA dive, snorkel and create a meaningful and fun educational experience to help better understand the marine environment and world around them better. Students need to observe the underwater world with their own eyes not only to inspire themselves but others as well!
To impart scientific skills and foster a connection to the ocean environment that may result in behavioral changes including an increase in curiosity and respect.
To foster personal growth in my divers. This includes empowering students to overcome fears and achieve challenging goals as well support students’ sense of agency to connect to their communities, create change, and collaborate with others.
To promote equity. Inspired by Diving with a Purpose, a group of African-American divers that document slave wrecks and my own research experience in Micronesia, I am seeking to give a diverse group of youth skills to challenge the dominant narratives in marine biology and anthropology and tell the tales, or research the issues, that are significant to them.
SUMMARY OF PROGRAMS
SCUBA Certification: Getting students PADI SCUBA certified and continuing growing their SCUBA experience. We are currently working with a shop locally at a discounted rate but are interested in exploring further discounts and opportunities. The staff DSO, Kalle Palmer, is a PADI instructor and covering all classroom sessions. Learn more about what SCUBA diving is HERE.
First Aid, CPR & AED: Students will get Emergency First Responder Certified every two years.
Marine Adventure: Each Fall, club members will go snorkeling and design an experience to take other students at HTH on during the Spring semester.
Mentorships & Internships: Guest experts will come and share their experience with club members. Club members may be connected with a marine science internship for 5 weeks of their junior year.
Capstone: Club members will produce a final product representing their learning and work in the club. This will be presented in the Spring.: Individual Capstone Project
At High Tech High, the student body makeup is 55 percent male and 45 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 67 percent. High Tech High is 1 of 48 high schools in San Diego.
In order to achieve our mission, we need financial assistance which we hope you can help provide. This donation will assist us in helping our students from diverse backgrounds have an opportunity that for many would not have been possible, to get SCUBA certified and receive marine scientific training. HTH SCUBA is a California nonprofit educational organization; it is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Our W-9 may be provided upon request.
Dive masters and or instructors with local experience are needed to supervise dives and share skills with students.