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Scuba Diving

Along Florida's coast, from West Palm Beach to the Florida Keys, lies the third largest barrier reef system in the world. Fort Lauderdale is especially known for great shore diving and wreck diving, especially with over two dozen sunken vessels off shore. Combine that with year-round warm water and easy access to the Caribbean, and you can see why scuba diving is one of the most popular recreational activities in South Florida.

The NSU Academic Diving Program offers scuba training to students, faculty, staff and the general public at the prestigious Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Complex.

Courses taught at the NSU Academic Diving Program are unlike others. Here are qualities that give the NSU Recreational Diving Program courses such distinction:

  • Taught in a world-class aquatic facility ON CAMPUS
  • Multiple sections allows you CONVENIENT SCHEDULING
  • MORE POOL AND ACADEMIC TRAINING than most lessons in South Florida
  • AFFORDABLE student, faculty, staff and general public pricing
  • Highly credentialed, EXPERT DIVING INSTRUCTORS

Each semester, the NSU Recreational Diving Program teaches the following courses:

PADI Certifications Offered 2017-18 Dates Price
PADI Open Water Diver
(beginning scuba)

Term 1:
Begins August 28

Term 2:
Begins October 17

$275 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$375 - General Public
PADI Scuba Review
(scuba refresher – pool only)
September 1, 2017 $75 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$125 - General Public
PADI Scuba Review
(scuba refresher – pool and open water dives)
September 1, 2017 $175 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$225 - General Public
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Term 1:
Begins September 14 
$325 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$375 - General Public
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty
(classroom only)

Term 1:
September 7

Term 2:
November 15

$120 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$150 - General Public
Emergency First Response
(First Aid/CPR)
TBA $80 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
PADI Rescue Diver October 25, 2017 $275 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$375 - General Public
PADI Divemaster Begins: August 21 $625 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$775 - General Public

PADI Freediver

September 6, 2017

$100 – NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$125 – General Public

DAN Certifications Offered 2017-18 Dates Price
DAN Emergency Oxygen Provider October 23, 2017 $75 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries TBA $75 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN Neurological Assessment for Divers TBA $75 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN Basic Life Support and First Aid October 30, 2017 $80 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals TBA $80 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider
(4 DAN courses combined)
TBA $225 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$275 - General Public
PFI Certifications Offered Price
PFI Freediver $500 – NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$599 – General Public                                     
PSI Certifications Offered Price
PSI Hazmat Cylinder Handler $15 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$20 - General Public
PSI Visual Cylinder Inspector $195 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$295 - General Public

For more information, including class dates, times and registration, please contact Tec Clark, Associate Director of Aquatics and Scuba Diving at (954) 262-7042 or tclark@nova.edu

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