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Biological Diving

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  • The Biological Diving minor is accessible to students from any major, and it is highly recommended for students in our Marine Biology program. It allows students in this program to broaden and apply their physiology knowledge to scuba diving. Students will learn to scuba dive by completing lectures, pool sessions, and open water training dives and upon completion receive the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Certification. 

    Course Catalog Major Requirements 

    • Open Water Certification
    • Pre-Requisites
    • Excursions
    • What to bring
    Open Water Certification

    Open Water (OW) diver is a life-long SCUBA diving certification issued through PADI, the most highly recognized and respected international SCUBA training organization in the world.  The OW course teaches all the needed basic skills to safely dive. Students who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills in scuba can continue on to Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Dive Master certifications.  If students decide that they would like to become scuba instructors, they can even complete the Instructor Development course while on campus. Or, if they would like to learn more specific skills, there is a wide range of of specialty courses which they can easily complete. 


     SFU provides everything needed to build the skills from the ground up.  One of the benefits of taking scuba at SFU is that all of the required equipment is provided to members while students at SFU.  Students can try different types of equipment and then decide what they want to purchase for their own personal equipment. Most students graduate with already owning some, if not all, of their own personal equipment.

    Do you need to know how to swim?  While you don’t need to be the next Michael Phelps, you do need to be able to complete a survival float or tread water for 10 minutes and swim 200 meters without stopping using a combination of any swim style you choose in an unlimited amount of time.  As long as a student is comfortable in the water, they can usually pass this swim test without a problem.


    Excursions - While at SFU, students can continue their training or just enjoy diving with SCUBA club members who travel to:

    1. Belize - week-long Marine Science in Belize study abroad experience

    2. Blue Hole Quarry

    3. Dutch Springs over Fall break 

    4. DCNR Partnership -  underwater clean-up

    5. Other local diving at student discretion (students have travelled to Wabank Aquaculture in Lancaster, PA and Gillbao Quarry in Ohio in previous years)

    What to bring

    All course materials are provided as part of the associated lab fee.

    Students should bring course materials (including dive tables and any paperwork received), pen/pencil and notebook.

    To each pool session students should bring a swimsuit, towel, clean T-shirt (to swim in if you tend to get cold easily), and old socks that you don’t mind getting wet or aqua shoes (you will wear these under your fins to make them more comfortable).