SWOSU Student Working Dive Internship in Florida

Josiah Keeton

Southwestern Oklahoma State University student Josiah Keeton of Weatherford is working on a Parks and Recreation Management Summer Internship at the Ocean Divers Dive and Travel Company in Key Largo, Florida.

Keeton is serving as lead dive safety officer for the company and its dive boat operations in the lower Keys.  The SWOSU student is also involved in repair and evaluation of technical diving equipment for Ocean Divers. 

Ocean Divers is a National Geographic Dive Center specializing in environmentally friendly resort diving and training using state of the art technology to facilitate safe and educational diving. Ocean Divers provides technical and recreational dive exposures as well as diving instruction for private entities and the general public. Dive operations are conducted off 44-foot dive boats operating in and around the lower Keys.   

The company also specializes in wreck diving on the Spiegel Grove. The wreck is lying near Dixie Shoals in Key Largo. The depth at the highest point of the ship is 60-65 feet sea water and the deepest at 134 feet of sea water.

Keeton is currently pursuing a degree in parks and recreation management as well as law enforcement.  He is certified as a Dive Master through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Keeton has received his undergraduate training through SWOSU under the direction of Dr. Chad Kinder, Ryan Haggard and Chad Ramirez.