Certificate: Fundamentals of Professional Diving

Completion of this degree will prepare students to work in dive businesses in retail sales and rentals and equipment repair. Students will be trained in physics and physiology as applied to diving, emergency medicine and first aid for pressure related injuries, recompression chamber operation, equipment repair, mixed gas dive planning, and underwater photography.

A variety of diving certifications are available through agencies such as Divers Alert Network (DAN), Emergency First Response (EFR) and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Required Courses – 17 total credit hours

  • EMS 1344 Aquatic First Aid/CPR/O2 (1)
  • EMS 2081C Scuba Rescue and Emergency Medicine (3)
  • EOC 2714C Recompression Chamber Operations (3)
  • EOC 2713C Breathing Gases and Decompression Theory (3)
  • PEN 1141 Scuba Equipment Maintenance & Repair (2)
  • PEN 2137C Advanced Diving Theory and Practice (3)
  • PGY 1245C Underwater Photography (3)

A variety of diving certifications are available through agencies such as Divers Alert Network (DAN), Emergency First Response (EFR) and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). View more certifications here.

Pathway To:

  • Underwater Photojournalist
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Gas Blender
  • Rescue Diver
  • Nitrox Diver

The courses listed above are only a guide. Following these tracks does not guarantee admission into a university. Course requirements may change each year. You are responsible and encourage to work closely with your advisor. Some courses are offered night/online only every other year. For more information, contact the Office of Advising Services at 305-809-3196 or Lucja Rice at (305) 809-3281

Find a list of current industry certifications here.