Basic Scuba Course


  • Pass the swim test at the first pool session. Permission codes will be handed to those who pass the swim test.
  • Please fill out and bring the Medical History Form to the first pool session.
  • Swim Test consists of:

- 25 yards underwater on one breath 
- 350 yards surface swim in 9 minutes
- Tread water for 10 minutes
- Recover a lead weight from 8 feet of water


  • Attend all the lectures. Pass the written exam.
  • Attend all the pool sessions. Pass the pool skills test.
  • Attend all the ocean dives – Skin Dives and Checkout Dives.
  • Turn in the UCSC Scuba Medical Packet (signed off by the UCSC Health Center) before the Skin Dives.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR/AED by the end of the quarter.
  • Purchase your skin gear by the second pool session - mask, snorkel, fins, booties, gloves, web weight belt, 2 weight belt keepers, and cutting device.

COST: The course fee is $250.

Students - This will be billed to your UCSC student account after you are enrolled.


  • View our Calendar
  • Lectures on Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm, Cowell 131 (see map) and one lecture on Friday, TBA
  • Pool sessions on Weds, 2-5pm or Thurs, 3-6pm
  • Skin Dives on weekends
  • Checkout Dives on weekends


Cecilia Shin (Head of UCSC Recreational Scuba Program) 
(831) 459-4518 (office)
Office is located in the East Field House Building, 1st floor, Facilities Offices

NOTES: CLASS LOTTERY - During some quarters we have more students wanting to enroll in Scuba than we can accommodate. We can only accept 10 students per Pool session and so we use a lottery system when we exceed our limit of 10. To be eligible for the lottery you must pass the swim test. If you do not get into the class through the lottery system, we will give you priority to get into the class for the very next quarter.