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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

Are you ready to get your certification? Each semester, the NSU Academic Diving Program teaches the following courses:

Contact Tec Clark at tclark@nova.edu to sign up for any of these courses!

Discover Scuba Experience  

The PADI Discover Scuba experience is a fun and exciting way to try scuba diving and to see what it is like to breathe underwater. No prior scuba diving experience is necessary, but you do need to be in good physical health. This is not a certification course. This class is FREE for NSU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

PADI Open Water

This is the entry-level beginning scuba diver course. PADI Open Water Diver certification is issued upon successful completion of the course. This course meets for six weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays during Term 1 and Tuesdays and Thursdays during Term 2. 

PADI Scuba Review

The Scuba Refresher is a fun and easy wayt to review dive theory and practice dive skills after a period of inactivity. THeis course includes one classroom session and one pool session. Join our prescheduled class or contact us to set up your own private scuba review. This is not a certification course. The NSUADP provides ALL equipment needed.

PADI Advanced Open Water

 This is the second-level scuba diver course. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification is issued upon successful completion of the course. 

The DAN Basic Life Support and First Aid

The DAN Basic Life Support course is a basic training class in emergency care. This course is a prerequisite for certification as a Rescue Diver and Divemaster. This course is design to meet the Guidelines for Resuscitation as released by the International Liaison Council on Resuscitation (ILCOR)/American Heart Association (AHA).

PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty

The PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver course provides recreational divers with the knowledge to safely plan and conduct EANx (nitrox) dives up to 40%. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives divers more decompression dive time. Non-Diving and Two-Tank Diving options available.

PADI Rescue Diver

Rescue Diver is an important step in furthering your diving knowledge and experience. This course is tailored for those who are interested in becoming future dive professionals. The unique content includes in-depth academics on diving physiology, dive accident profiles and statistics, risk management and preventative techniques. This course meets on Wednesdays for three weeks.

PADI Divemaster

Divemaster candidates will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to transition from a recreational diver to a dive professional. Instructor-level academic knowledge will be developed in diving physics, physiology, decompression, equipment, and environment. Pool training includes perfecting skills to a level of “demonstration quality” for open water skills, rescue, navigation, and problem solving.

PADI Basic Freediver

The PADI Basic Freediver Course introduces freediving enthusiasts to the specialized breathing techniques, equipment, procedures and safety issues associated with static and dynamic apnea. Minimum objective for static apnea is 90 seconds and dynamic apnea is 80 feet. This course is offered as classroom and pool only.

PADI Freediver

The PADI Freediver Course introduces freediving enthusiasts to the specialized breathing techniques, equipment, procedures and safety issues associated with static, dynamic and constant weight apnea. Minimum objective for static apnea is 90 seconds, dynamic apnea is 80 feet, and constant weight dives to 30 feet. This course is offered with classroom, pool and open water dives.  This course includes two ocean sessions on one trip.

Instructor Development Course

Learn how to teach the PADI Open Water Diver through Divemaster courses. Become a mentor to new divers. Gain an understanding on training standards and safe diving practices. Improve your scuba skills and knowledge of dive theory and learn to manage risk to increase diver safety.

PADI Certifications Offered 2018 Dates Price
PADI Open Water Diver
(Beginning Scuba)

Term 1:
Begins August 27, 2018

Term 2:
Begins October 16, 2018

$275 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$375 - General Public
PADI Scuba Review
(Scuba Refresher – pool only)

Three Options:

1) August 31, 2018

2) September 13, 2018

3) October 17, 2018

$75 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$125 - General Public
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Term 1:
Begins September 13, 2018

Term 2:
Begins October 17, 2018

$325 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$375 - General Public
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty
(classroom only)

Two Options:

1) September 19, 2018

2) October 18, 2018

$120 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$150 - General Public
PADI Rescue Diver Term 2: Begins November 7, 2018 $275 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$375 - General Public
PADI Divemaster Begins August 20, 2018 $625 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$775 - General Public

PADI Basic Freediver

TBD

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

PADI Freediver

TBD

 $200 – NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$225 – General Public

Instructor Development Course

Begins September 1, 2018

PADI Instructor Exam: December 8 & 9, 2018

contact tclark@nova.edu

Not sure if you're ready to commit to a course yet? Try out Scuba Diving with Discover Scuba Experience!

The PADI Discover Scuba experience is a fun and exciting way to try scuba diving and to see what it is like to breathe underwater. No prior scuba diving experience is necessary, but you do need to be in good physical health. This is not a certification course. This class is FREE for NSU students, faculty, staff and alumni. Contact Tec Clark at tclark@nova.edu for more information and to sign up!

Upcoming Discover Scuba Dates:

  • (Monday) August 27, 2018: Classroom 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m & Pool 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • (Friday) October 12, 2018: Classroom 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m & Pool 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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

DAN Certifications Offered 2018 Dates Price
DAN Emergency Oxygen Provider November 26, 2018 $75 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries contact tclark@nova.edu $75 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN Neurological Assessment for Divers contact tclark@nova.edu $75 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN Basic Life Support and First Aid November 12, 2018 $80 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals contact tclark@nova.edu $80 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$100 - General Public
DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider
(4 DAN courses combined)
contact tclark@nova.edu $225 - NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$275 - 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
PFI Certifications Offered Price
PFI Freediver $500 – NSU Student, Faculty, Staff or Alumni
$599 – 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
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

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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