Get College Credit for Scuba Diving

Robert Arak in Scubatude Blog
on Dec 19, 2019 |

Getting or advancing your scuba training can enhance your personal life in many ways. Learning to dive can mean developing a new hobby, meeting new people, making new friends, and traveling to exciting and interesting places. Scuba diving can also be part a building your career, and you may even be able to get college credit for it!


The American Council on Education has evaluated and approved over 18 levels of dive training that are eligible as college credits. For example, an Open Water Diver certification, first level of certification, is worth 2 credit hours of Physical Education, meaning it may meet you PE requirements! Most dive classes are applicable to PE credits, but some can apply to fields of study like marine biology, environmental science, classroom management, emergency medical services, and even criminal justice. Most are worth one to two credit hours. In some cases, you can use current scuba certifications you already have as transfer credits. When you’re able to transfer credits for certifications you already have, it can save you money on tuition, and time on your schedule.

Community Colleges

Whether you’re interested in learning to scuba dive for recreational or educational reasons, your local community college may have a program in place that you can take advantage of. Many community colleges sponsor various scuba clubs, and some campuses have integrated scuba diving into their physical education and/or science education curriculum options. Community colleges across the country are qualified to provide students with the necessary skills, training, and practice to become a certified diver. These courses are generally open for both registered students, as well as adult community members pursuing continuing education. Broward Community College, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers a comprehensive scuba diving training and instruction course through their department of physical education. By enrolling in the BCC certification class, students will be exposed to the fundamental skills of scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as learn theories and safe scuba practices.


Diving Deeper
Building on the foundational certification courses provided by community colleges, individuals can also enroll in more advanced options geared towards experienced divers. For example, Des Moines area students who have already earned their scuba certification can opt to enroll in the Diving Biology course, available at Highline Community College in Iowa. In HCC’s field-based diving class, expert instructors teach students about the identification and natural history of marine life, specifically marine invertebrates. With a series of lectures, as well as dives in the Puget Sound, students can expand their diving skills and knowledge through the guidance of trained and experienced experts. Community colleges are an excellent way to learn about scuba diving and earn your certification. What are you waiting for? Dive in and get credit for it!