The training will be held at the
Florida A&M University pool, in cooperation with the Florida A&M
Aquatics Program. In addition to in-state or out-of-state tuition, as
appropriate, the three-credit-hour course will have a lab fee of $297.
Applicants must take a swim test before beginning the course.
The 16-week multidisciplinary course
will train students in the fundamentals of basic diving, with the opportunity
to learn the elements of professional diving. Students will learn basic and
advanced diving skills and receive training in life support tools, hose diving,
side-mounts, closed-circuit re-breathers, and remotely operated underwater
vehicles (ROVs). Upon course completion, students will become qualified as
SCUBA open-circuit air and nitrox divers.
“This is an exciting, unique opportunity for students and will be the first of
many yet to come at our Wakulla based Environmental campus as it continues to
grow,” said Bob Ballard, executive director of the TCC Wakulla Environmental
This introductory course will target
students who wish to extend their skills in compressed-gas diving and have a
desire to work underwater, with an appreciation of the underwater environment,
its inhabitants and the life-support technology that enables workers to perform
meaningful tasks. Career opportunities in this field include dive technologist,
assistant dive instructor, dive master and dive instructor. Future courses are
being developed to facilitate these career fields.
upcoming opportunities in Wakulla County will be the eventual diving
exploration of the natural cave system and sinkholes that run under the TCC
Wakulla Environmental Institute campus, possibly linking the campus to the Gulf
our courses continue to develop and our students become more professionally
trained, the cave systems may prove to be ideal for the training of cave
divers,” said Ballard.
information about the diving course, contact Kate Stewart, dean of the Division
of Technology and Professional Programs, at (850) 201-8352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.