SCUBA Diver 1: Introduction to Open Water Diving

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SCUBA Diver 1: Introduction to Open Water Diving

Course Description

Take the plunge into scuba diving with this entry-level course designed to provide you a comprehensive overview of basic concepts that are needed to dive safely. These topics include equipment, physiology, planning, environmental considerations, and managing risks involved in open water diving. Once you complete the 15 hours of classroom and 15 hours of pool work, you qualify to take a separate Open Water certification, which must be taken separately and is not included in the course fee.

The Georgia Tech SCUBA program is managed exclusively by the Campus Recreation Center (CRC). Additional information and registration can found found by visiting the CRC website.

Course Content



  • Basic snorkel gear
  • Exposure protection and weighting
  • Cylinders, valves, and regulator systems


  • Physical properties of air and water
  • Gas laws for diving
  • Effects of diving on human physiology


  • Skin diving skills
  • Basic scuba diving skills
  • Managing problems and emergencies


  • Dive planning factors and phases
  • Dive tables
  • Post-dive planning


  • Introduction to aquatic biology
  • Potentially dangerous aquatic animals


Requirements & Materials
Important Information

All registered students for this course and any other associated participants must have a Georgia Tech Buzzcard to access the Campus Recreation Center (CRC). If you have a current Buzzcard, the CRC will activate it for access during the course. Anyone who doesn't have a Buzzcard can purchase one at the CRC front desk for $10.

This course requires a SCUBA Medical Statement that must be completed and emailed to the course administrator prior to arrival.



  • Completed SCUBA Medical Statement emailed to the course administrator prior to arriving for the course
  • A signed release from a physician if any of the items in the SCUBA Medical Statement are noted with a positive (YES) response. A "yes" response does not necessarily disqualify a candidate from diving but instead acknowledges that there is a pre-existing condition that may or may not effect safe scuba participation
  • Must meet watermanship requirements to include a 200 meter swim (free style), a 10-minute water tread and an underwater breath hold swim for distance
  • 10 years old or older
  • 10-15 year olds must get approval from the course director prior to acceptance into the program
  • The student is responsible for fulfilling all prerequisites as a precondition to taking the course. Refunds are only available through the period specified in the published refund policy, regardless of whether the student can or cannot fulfill the course prerequisites



  • Revised 2014 PADI CrewPak

Session Details

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone age 10 or older who wants to become a certified scuba diver.

What You Will Learn

  • Risks associated with diving
  • Diving equipment
  • Diving science and adaptions
  • Diving skills
  • Dive planning
  • Diving environment
  • How to conserve and preserve life

How You Will Benefit

  • Prepare for the required Open Water certification experience.
  • Experience using diving equipment.
  • Practice planning for a dive.
  • Understand the risks of diving.
  • Become familiar with diving science, adaptation, and the diving environment.
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