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 8-week course. Learn from the agency with the highest academic and skill standards in the U.S., meet other future divers, and have fun!

SCUBA Registration Opens Tuesday, January 8th at 10:00 am at

Course Schedule

The course meets in the Leach Aquatic Center on Mondays (classroom) and Wednesdays from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm each night for 8 weeks. We will also have two weekend dives, one at a local spring and 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.

  • Classroom Sessions, Mondays unless noted
    • Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 6 (Wed), Mar 11, Mar 25
  • Pool Sessions, Wednesdays unless noted
    • Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 25 (Mon), Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27
  • Optional Trip to Keys
    • March TBD
    • Additional Cost TBD

Course Fees

Total cost of the course is $325 for currently enrolled FSU students and $375 for all others.

  • Upon registration, participants will need to submit a non-refundable deposit (part of the course total).
    • Deposit is $65 for currently enrolled FSU students.
    • Deposit is $75 for all others.
  • 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 (minus the deposit) is due the first night of class.

Required Course Materials

Students are responsible for supplying their own 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 including Coral Reef Scuba (Capital Circle NE). Do not 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 at 850.644.4531 or email us for additional information.