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!

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Course Schedule

Week NumberClassroom Day (Monday)Pool Day (Wednesday)Open Water
1January 13January 22
2January 27January 29
3February 3February 5
4February 10February 12
5February 17February 19
6February 24February 26
7March 2March 4March 7 (March 8 backup)
8March 9March 11
Spring Break -Keys TripMarch 20 - 22*
9March 23 - ExamMarch 25March 28 (March 29 backup)


*These classes are offered from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

**Optional Keys trip March 20 – 22

**Keys trip dates tentative; additional cost involved in the Keys trip

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
  • 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.