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AAS: Diving Business & Technology

The Associate in Applied Science Degree: Diving Business & Technology

Pathway To:
Scuba Instructor
Commercial Diver
Public Safety Diver
Research Diver
Underwater Photojournalist
Transfer Institutions:
Not Applicable

 The James E. Lockwood Jr. School of Diving is one of the largest facilities dedicated to diving science and technology education.We consider diving a science and not merely a physical education course. Our goal is to have our students apply diving in other academic disciplines such as marine biology, underwater archaeology, mariculture, underwater journalism, photography and other research areas.

 Completion of this degree will prepare students to manage dive businesses in retail sales, 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, mixed gas dive planning, and underwater photography.

 A variety of diving certifications are available through agencies such as Divers Alert Network (DAN), the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

First Year:


Spring Hours
Summer Hours
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
EMS 2081C Scuba Rescue and Emergency Medicine
3 Elective* 3
MAC 1105 College Algebra OR 
MGF 1106 Math for Liberal Arts I OR
STA 2023 Introduction to Probabilities
3 PGY 1245C Underwater Photography  3    
PEN 2137C Advanced Diving 
Theory and Practice
3 EMS 1344 Aquatic 1st Aid/CPR/O2 1    
OCB 1000 Introduction to Marine Biology OR
OCE 1000 Introduction to Oceanography
EOC 2714C Recompression Chamber Operations
CGS 1100 Introduction to 
Computer Applications
3 Social/Behavioral Science  3    
Total: 15 Total: 12 Total: 3
Second Year:


Hours  Spring Hours Summer Hours 
MTE 1811 Basic Seamanship  3 EOC 2713C Breathing Gasses and Decompression Theory  3  Elective* 3
PEN 1141 Scuba  Equipment, Maintenance & Repair  2 MTE 1053C 2&4 Cycle Outboard Engine Repair and Maintenance  3    
SPC 1608 Introduction to Speech Communication  3 Humanities/Fine Arts  3    
ENT 1000 Entrepreneurship OR
GEB 1011 Introduction to Business OR
BUL 2241 Business Law 
 3 Elective*  3    
Elective*  3 Elective*  3    
Total:  14 Total:  15  Total:  3
Overall total credit hours:     62  
Suggested Electives:
EMS  1158C
EMS  2082
EOC  1720
EOC  2710
EOC  2711
EOC  2712
EOC  2715
EOC  2719
ISC   1142C
ISC   2132
MKA 2621
PEN 1136C
PEN 1142C
PEQ 1136C 
PEQ 1137C
PEQ 2133C
PGY 2247C
Emergency Medical Technician EMT (11)
Dive Medicine Instructor (4)
Nitrox in the Working Divers Environment (1)
Public Safety Diving (5)
Diving Technology (4)
Introduction to Surface Air Supplied Diving (3)
Diving Safety (1)
Surface Air Supplied Work Diving Techniques (2)
Science of Underwater Performance (3)
Basic Research Diving (4)
The Business of Diving (3)
Scuba Diving (2)
Advanced Diving Equipment Maintenance and Repair (4)
Scuba Instructor Training (4)
Divemaster (4)
IDC Staff Instructor (4)
Advanced Underwater Photography (4)
Suggested Electives for Career Pathways
Emergency Medical Technician  Professional Research Diver Professional Dive Instructor Public Safety Diver Commercial Diver
EMS 1158C  (11)
Elective* (4)
ISC 2132 (4)
Elective* (11)
EMS 2082 (4)
PEQ 1136C (4)
PEQ 1137C (4)
MKA 2621 (3)
EOC 2710  (5)
Elective* (10)
EOC 2711 (4)
EOC 2712 (3)
EOC 2715  (1)
EOC 2719  (2)
Elective* (5)
*See above suggested elective list.


For undergraduate admission to a state university, students must have earned two years of sequential foreign language at the high school level, or complete (with passing grades) at least 8 semester hours at a previous college or university (as required by Florida Statute 240.233).

The courses listed on this sheet are only a guide. Following these tracks does not guarantee admission into a university. Course requirements may change each year. You are responsible and encouraged to work closely with your advisor.

For more information, contact Ms. Lana Sielski at 305-809-3214.