For over 30 years the Department of Recreational Services has provided SCUBA instruction for over 1000 GSU faculty, staff and students. We currently offer NAUI SCUBA diver, NITROX and Rescue Diver courses. Take advantage of this opportunity to swim into an unforgettable undersea adventure. The SCUBA diver course for Spring 2011 will be offered on Wednesday nights from 5 - 9:30 p.m., October 5 - November 30. Your certification dives will take place in Marathon, Florida December 14 - 19. The Florida Keys offer exciting and beautiful dive experiences for novices and certified divers alike.
Go to our SCUBA page for details on the classes and trips.
Check out what some of our past participants have to say about the program...
The scuba program at GSU has provided me with amazing opportunities. Certifying through GSU more than prepared me to complete the scientific diving course through the University System of Georgia. Enabling me to achieve this status allowed me to participate in field research projects in Dr. Matthew Grober's lab while stationed at the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Science on Catalina Island, CA.
In addition to the scientific diving, the GSU scuba program also invites students to come back and help train the next class of divers. This is a truly Incredible opportunity as it gives me a chance to help people learn to participate in this sport that I have grown to love! The opportunity to observe someone conquering their fears of the underwater world as well as develop the skills to truly enjoy participating in scuba make the entire experience a completely satisfying and rewarding one.
The benefits of assisting with the execution of the SCUBA program are invaluable to me. I look forward to the endeavour of helping fellow students because it not only allows me to review my skills, but also provides me with an opportunity to teach the skills to another student. I constantly learn from the fellow divers who are also assisting with the course and provides a platform to discuss and share SCUBA experiences. The facilities at GSU have also been kind enough to provide me with a BCD while I am in the pool.
The program allows me to always be prepared. Safety is one of the biggest concerns in diving, and I feel that by replicating skills over and over again, you are more comfortable if a problem did arise. Also, working with students, you see different things each class and you learn from them while working with them. This preparation is must and it showcases the great program we have. I always feel I am better prepared than even some of the more certified divers out there. This preparation also allowed me to be part of the Georgia Aquarium volunteer dive operations team early on when the aquarium opened, and continues today.