SIGN UPS WILL OPEN AT OUR FIRST MEETING OF THE SEMESTER. Make sure you're there with cash to hold your spot. The schedule for the semester will be posted prior to the first meeting. 

Our Open Water Certification class is taught by Charlie Matthews, an SSI Instructor Trainer who has spent years working with the University of Miami Scuba Club. We usually are able to offer three to four sections per semester depending on interest. 

The Course is broken down into three components, scheduled over a two week period.:

  1. Academics: This section consists of lectures and reading assignments that cover SCUBA techniques, science, equipment and the underwater environment.  Typically each course consists of three lectures held on campus in the evening with varying schedules between sections.  

  2. Pool Training: All dive skills will be taught and practiced during the three pool sessions prior to demonstrating them in open water. All pool sessions are held at the UC pool on campus. 

  3. Open Water Dives: This is where you finally get to put into use everything you learned in the class by diving the Florida’s famous coral reefs. Four open water dives with the instructor are necessary to complete your certification. Typically these are done over two, two-tank boat trips (boat trips are typically $65 each, payable directly to boat). These trips are typically done off Key Biscayne or Key Largo.  

Cost: The Open Water certification class is offered to UM SCUBA Club members at a discounted rate of $240 (excluding boat fees). This cost includes instruction, all course materials, and equipment rental except for personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins, exposure protection). 

***NO REFUNDS will be provided for courses***

If you have any questions about the certification class please feel free to contact umscuba@gmail.com or contact Charlie Matthews directly at 1-305-798-5144.

Fall 2018 Open Water Course Schedule

Session 1

Tuesday January 29   classroom chapters 1-2   7-9:30 pm

Thursday January 31   classroom chapters 3-4   7-9:30 pm

Saturday February 2   pool class 1   12-3 pm

Sunday February 3   pool class 2   12-3 pm

Tuesday February 5   classroom chapters 5-6 & written test   7-9:30 pm

Thursday February 7   pool class 3   7-9 pm

Saturday/ Sunday February 9 & 10 open water dives, location tbd 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session 2

Monday February 18   classroom chapters 1-2   7-9:30 pm

Wednesday February 20   classroom chapters 3-4   7-9:30 pm

Saturday February 23   pool class 1   12-3 pm

Sunday February 24   pool class 2   12-3 pm

Monday February 25   classroom chapters 5-6 & written test   7-9:30 pm

Wednesday February 27   pool class 3   7-9 pm

Saturday/ Sunday March 2 & 3 open water dives, location tbd,  7:30am - 12:30pm

 

Session 3

Tuesday March 19   classroom chapters 1-2   7-9:30 pm

Thursday March 21   classroom chapters 3-4   7-9:30 pm

Saturday March 23   pool class 1   12-3 pm

Sunday March 24   pool class 2   12-3 pm

Tuesday March 26   classroom chapters 5-6 & written test   7-9:30 pm

Thursday March 28   pool class 3   7-9 pm

Saturday/ Sunday March 30 & 31   open water dives, location tbd,  7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session 4

Monday April 8   classroom chapters 1-2   7-9:30 pm

Wednesday April 10   classroom chapters 3-4   7-9:30 pm

Saturday April 13   pool class 1   12-3 pm

Sunday April 14   pool class 2   12-3 pm

Monday April 15   classroom chapters 5-6 & written test   7-9:30 pm

Wednesday April 17   pool class 3   7-9 pm

Saturday/ Sunday April 20 & 21   open water dives, location tbd,   7:30 am – 12:30 pm