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!

Course Schedule

Scuba course registration opens Tuesday, January 10 at 10am to FSU students, staff, and community members.
  • Mondays 6pm-8pm in the Wet Classroom @ the Leach Center
  • Wednesdays 6pm-8pm pool session @ the Leach Center.
Week NumberClassroom DayPool DayOpen Water
1January 17*January 18
2January 23January 25
3January 30February 1
4February 6February 8
5February 13February 15
6February 20February 22
7February 27March 1March 4 (March 5 Backup Day)
8March 6March 8
Optional Florida Keys Trip March 17-19, additional cost
9March 20 (Exam)March 22March 25 (March 26 Backup Day)

*January 17 is a Tuesday, the university is closed January 16. All future classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Course Fees

Total cost of the course is $350 for currently enrolled FSU students and $400 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
  • 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 850.655.6750 or email us for additional information.