Scuba Program the Only One of its Kind in North Texas
Students dream about their graduation – getting “finned,” moving the tassel from one side of the mask to the other, and watching the bubbles rise to the surface. Wait . . . what? Okay, so it’s not the typical graduation ceremony. We’re talking about an underwater graduation ceremony – for students who minor in scuba.
But you don’t have to minor in scuba to take those classes. You don’t even have to be a traditional student; there are special classes just for faculty and staff.
Misconceptions about scuba:
- I can’t do it because I’m not an expert swimmer.
- I only get to practice diving in the pool; I won’t get to go in the ocean.
- I’m not an athlete, so I won’t be able to do it.
What you didn’t know:
- There’s a lot of physics involved in advanced diving.
- You can minor in scuba regardless of your major.
- You can go on the annual scuba trip even if it’s not your minor.
Benefits of a scuba minor:
- You get 20 hours of classroom, pool, open water, and internship instruction.
- You can earn instructor certifications from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and Scuba Diver International/Technical Diver International (SDI/TDI).
- With those certifications, you’ll have immediate employment opportunities throughout the diving industry.
Some of the classes:
- Advanced Scuba/Rescue
- Technical Diver Instructor Training
One of the cool parts of the program is going on a scuba trip and practicing your skills in the open waters. The group goes to beautiful underwater destinations, including Cozumel, Curacao, and Grand Cayman. Not only are you earning a really fun minor, but you’re also acquiring skills that you can use on any tropical vacation.