Scuba Certification

Main Content

Scuba Certification class
Deadline to register for Scuba Certification is April 17.

The SIU Student Recreation Center is excited to offer an opportunity for you to become a certified scuba diver with the option of experiencing reef diving in the warm waters off the coast of south Florida in Ft. Lauderdale the week of May 18-24!

Certified dive instructor, Dwight Tungett will provide the class room and underwater instruction. Dwight is a certified Open Water Instructor for both PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) and SDI (Scuba Diving International).

Upon completion of the program held at the Rec Center, participants will have completed the online learning, classroom training, and contained water (in a swimming pool) diving.

Final step toward certification requires divers to practice and demonstrate skills in an open water environment (pond, lake, ocean etc...)


Friday, May 3 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 5 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location:  SIU Student Recreation Center, Pool

Register in-person at Member Services or

Register on-line

Cost of Scuba Certification:

  • Students: $350
  • Members: $355
  • Non-members: $360

Price includes:

  • access to an online learning component that is to be completed prior to start of class on May 3
  • all scuba gear including mask, fins, Buoyancy Control Device, air tank, and wetsuit
  • 16 hours of instruction at the SIU Student Recreation Center on May 3, 4, 5, 2019
  • Certificate upon completion of entire course including the open water dive portion. Open water portion done either in Ft. Lauderdale, FL the week of May 18-24 or in June at a quarry dive site near Carbondale.
  • Note, scuba diving certification does not expire once achieved!

Deadline to register for Scuba Certification class is extended:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

For more information/questions contact Sally Wright at (618) 453-2511 or email