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Associate in Applied Science – Diving Business and Technology

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), Emergency First Response (EFR), the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

General Education Requirements – 15 credit hours

  • ENC 1101 English Composition (3)
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra (3) OR MGF 1106 Math for Liberal Arts I (3) OR STA 2023 Introduction to Probabilities & Statistics I (3)
  • SPC 1608 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts:MUL 1010 or HUM 1020 or PHI 2010 or ARH 1000 (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Science:AMH 2020 or ECO 2013 or POS 1041 or PSY 150 or SYG 1000 (3)

Core Requirements – 15 total credit hours

  • CGS 1100 Introduction to Computer Applications (3)
  • MKA 2621 The Business of Diving (3)
  • MTE 1053C 2 & 4-Cycle Outboard Engine Repair and Maintenance (3) OR MTE1052 2&4 Cycle Outboard Theory (3)
  • MTE 1811 Basic Seamanship (3)
  • OCB 1000 Introduction to Marine Biology (3) OR OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography (3)

Fundamentals of Professional Diving Core Requirements – 17 credit hours

  • EMS 1344 Aquatic First Aid/CPR/O2 (1)
  • EMS 2081C Scuba Rescue and Emergency Medicine (3)
  • EOC 2714C Recompression Chamber Operations (2)
  • 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)

Electives – 15 credit hours

  • EMS 1158C Emergency Medical Technician (12)
  • EMS 2082 Dive Medicine Instructor (4)
  • EOC 2710 Public Safety Diving (5)
  • EOC 2711 Diving Technology (4)
  • EOC 2712 Introduction to Surface Air Supplied Diving (3)
  • EOC 2715 Diving Safety (1)
  • EOC 2719 Surface Air Supplied Work Diving Techniques (2)
  • ISC 2132 Basic Research Diving (4)
  • OCB2071 Marine Ecology for Tourism Professionals (3)
  • OCB 2107C Field Application of Marine Science: Monitoring Caribbean Reef Fish (3)
  • OCB 2132 Field Application of Marine Science: Restoration of Coral Reefs(3)
  • OCB 2262C Field Application of Marine Science: Assessment of Coral Reef Habitats (3)
  • OCB 2263C Coral Reef Biology and Management (4)
  • OCB 2905 Directed Studies in Marine Science (3)
  • PEN 1136C Scuba Diving (2)
  • PEN 1142C Advanced Diving Equipment Maintenance and Repair (4)
  • PEN2134 Specialty Instructor Training (1)
  • PEQ 1136C Scuba Instructor Training (4)
  • PEQ 1137C Divemaster (4)
  • PEQ 2133C IDC Staff Instructor (4)
  • PGY 2247C Advanced Underwater Photography (4)

Suggested Electives:
Make elective choices based upon the desired career path you aspire to achieve.

  • Professional Dive Instructor (15 credit hours)
    • EMS 2082, Dive Medicine Instructor (4)
    • PEQ 1136C, Scuba Instructor Training (4)
    • PEQ 1137C, Divemaster (4)
    • PEN 2134, Specialty Instructor Training (1) repeat 3 times
  • Introduction to Commercial / Work Diver (15 credit hours)
    • EOC 2711, Diving Technology (4)
    • EOC 2712, Introduction to Surface Air Supplied Diving (3)
    • EOC 2715, Diving Safety (1)
    • EOC 2719, Surface Air Supplied Work Diving Techniques (2)
    • Any dive elective listed (5)
  • Public Safety Diver (15 credit hours)
    • EOC 2710, Public Safety Diving (5)
    • Any dive elective listed (10)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (15 credit hours)
    • EMS 1158C, Emergency Medical Technician (12)
    • Any dive elective listed (3)
  • Professional Research Diver (15 credit hours)
    • ISC 2132 Basic Research Diving (4)
    • Any OCB elective listed (11)

Industry Certificates:

  • AUP Repair Technician
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Gas Blender
  • PADI Nitrox Diver
  • EFR Primary, Secondary and Care for Children Provider
  • DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider
  • Underwater Photographer
  • American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS)

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 Lana Sielski at (305) 809-3214

Find a list of current industry certifications here.