SCUBA Certification

FSU Aquatics offers an Open Water Diver course taught by instructors from the nation’s oldest national SCUBA certification agency. You will master the academic curricula as well as the physical skills necessary to become a safe and confident scuba diver in this fun 9-week course. Learn from the agency with the highest academic and skill standards in the U.S., meet other future divers, and have fun!

Register Online 

Spring 2017 registration will open on Tuesday, January 10th at 10AM.

Course Schedule

The course meets in the Leach Aquatic Center on Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM (classroom) and Wednesday 5:30-7:30 PM (pool) for 8 weeks. We will also have two weekend dives, one at a local spring, another trip in the Gulf of Mexico. There will be an optional three-day trip to the Florida Keys where students can achieve advanced certification.

  • The Spring 2017 Course dates
    • Mondays and Wednesdays: January 23rd - March 29th 
    • Weekend open water dive trip: March 4th
    • Tentativew Keys Trip: Spring Break March 17th-19th 
    • Weekend open water dive trip: March 25th
    • Exam: March 27th

Class Fees

The cost of the course is $300 for FSU students and $350 for FSU faculty and staff. Upon registration, participants will need to submit a non-refundable deposit (part of the course total). The deposit is $65 for FSU students and $75 for non-student Leach members. This cost includes: All scuba equipment for the duration of the course, SEI Diving Course Packet (workbooks, dive tables, log book, carrying case), and dive fees for state parks. The basic course fee is due the first night of class.

Additional Requirements

Students are responsible for: Mask, fins, snorkel, and dive booties that fit properly and are appropriate for scuba diving.

  • Course Text is Dennis Graver's Scuba Diving, 5th Edition.  
    • ISBN-13 (Book Number) 978-1492525769
    • Fee $27.49
  • Ocean Dive Fees: $75
  • Certification Fee: $15

Skin diving equipment can be purchased at the local dive shops, Coral Reef Scuba (Capital Circle NE). Don’t buy gear until you have been to the first class. The text can either be purchased through the instructor, at local bookstores, or online. If you choose to purchase skin diving equipment online it must be approved be the instructor.

Age and Skill Requirements

Ages for Open Water Diver certification at FSU are 18 and over. The class has an entry-level swimming evaluation (200 yards, any stroke), 25 feet underwater on one breath, and 10 minute tread water. There is also a medical evaluation form that is required to enter the course.  Questions? Please contact the Leach Aquatics staff for additional information.