Scuba Certification Dives

These dives are for those people who have completed the Adventure Recreation beginner SCUBA course or Penn State's KINES 45 course and want to obtain their open water Scuba Diver certification.

Course description

The scuba certification dives are the culmination of an entry level scuba course that allows the student to demostrate what they have learned and practiced in an open water setting in order to earn their scuba diver certification card. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are qualified to do open-water certification dives with a buddy in conditions similar to those where the course takes place.

You have 6 months from the time you complete your entry level scuba course to do your certification dives or you will be required to repeat all or part of that course.

Who can take this course

This course is open to any University Park Penn State student, faculty, or staff who is age 18 and older, is medically cleared for SCUBA diving, and has successfully completed either the Adventure Recreation beginner SCUBA course or Penn State's KINES 45 course and has a recommendation letter from their instructor.

How much does this course cost

The cost of the course is around $235.00 (Actual cost will be announced with each course offering. This estimate is subject to change without notice.)

Participation and payment for this course DOES NOT guarantee you will be certified as a scuba diver! Students must safely complete the dives and demonstrate all skills successfully to the instructor in order to be certified.

The cost of the course includes transportation to and from the quarry and all instructor, certification, quarry, and equipment fees.

Food and/or beverages are not included in the cost of the course.

Unlike scuba courses at a dive shop, you are not required to buy any equipment. You need only supply a swimsuit and towel. We provide all the equipment. You are welcome to purchase and use your own equipment, although the instructor reserves the right to not allow you to use your own equipment if it is deemed inappropriate or unsafe for use in this course.


Full refunds are only issued if Adventure Recreation cancels the dives or the student is found to have a medical condition that puts him/her at an increased or unsafe risk for scuba diving.

Where, when, and how long is this course

This course is typically offered during the first summer session and the fall semester every year.

The course is one weekend long and takes most of the day on both Saturday and Sunday. It is recommended that you do not plan or try to plan other activities on these days. The weekend is usually in early to mid June and during one of the first weekends of the fall semester.

The course typically starts around 7 or 8am each morning and completes around 7pm in the evening. The size of the class can shorten or lengthen those times.

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What will the course involve

The course consists of five dives in open water. Your first dive will be a skin dive (with wetsuit) in which you will demonstrate your mastery of skin diving skills such as breathing through a snorkel and diving under the surface to recover a small object. As part of this dive, you will also demonstrate your ability to assist another diver in distress.

Your second and third dives will utilize compressed air as you demonstrate your ability to clear your mask, recover your regulator, share air with your buddy, and maintain neutral bouyancy at a depth of 20 feet. These dives will conclude with a tour of the quarry.

Your fourth dive will require you to demonstrate your ability to navigate with a compass while maintaining a consistent depth and to perform an air sharing ascent with your buddy. The dive will conclude with a tour of the quarry.

Your fifth and final dive will be planned and executed with your dive buddy in consultation with the instructor and his assistants. This dive is to allow you to demonstrate your ability to plan and execute a dive without the need of the instructor while still providing direct supervision.

Each dive lasts between 20 and 30 minutes depending on conditions and diver comfort.

Is this a Penn State course, can I get credit?

This is not an official Penn State course and credit is not available.

Questions or concerns

To protect your own privacy, please do not email overly personal or medical-related questions. Email a phone number or ask for one to call.

Please direct any questions or concerns about this course to the instructor, Paul Rentschler. He can be reached via email at