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heydn62
04-12-2008, 23:46
It mentioned in our PADI training manual (which I don't have in front of me at the moment) something about many colleges giving credit for scuba certification after the fact. Has anyone out there done this, or know someone who has?

Bigg_Budd
04-13-2008, 07:44
My college allowed you to take OW as a PE elective. Of course, I didn't do it, cuz I hadn't been bit by the bug yet. I took racquetball. :(

scubarobin
04-13-2008, 08:26
It mentioned in our PADI training manual (which I don't have in front of me at the moment) something about many colleges giving credit for scuba certification after the fact. Has anyone out there done this, or know someone who has?

yes, many training classes are worth college credit in PE. Go to the PADI website and you can see the list. To get the credits you need to contact your college and ask if they accept them from the agency mentioned as the accreditation agency (sorry don't remember what it is called). Then you pay to have PADI send your transcripts to the college. As I remember, OW and AOW count as 1 credit each, Rescue is 2, Nitrox and Drysuit are 1 credit I think, etc. If you think about it, it does make sense that they are considered equivalent to college courses. :smiley20:

Skinsfan1311
04-13-2008, 09:31
Here in MD, one of our local community colleges offers OW training and it's offered as a credit course. The certification is through PADI.

That's where I got certified. They offered you a choice, (credit, or non-credit).

coyote
04-13-2008, 09:44
The local dive shop here does a lot of this. Sometime the OW classes are 50% collage students - depending on what time of the year it is. The students sign up at school or the local park district and get a discount rate. I think the school picks up part of the fee or something like that.

jtkkym
04-13-2008, 09:53
Same for me, I had chance to get PE credit for OW but I didn't...I should have done it.

RikRaeder
04-13-2008, 09:53
The last page of your OW book should have a page with all the specifics in it.

mentalmarine
04-13-2008, 09:54
I took my OW class at The Ohio State University for 3 Credit hours, which was nice because it was free after I had registered for 15 credit hours of my normal classes.

skippy11
04-13-2008, 10:43
My College offered it. We started the class, but was unable to finish. All we had to pay for was the college credit hours, too.

I look back now and think how stupid, but you know how young dumb college kids can be.

Largo
04-13-2008, 11:06
There are a couple of ways.

Method 1. Your LDS, or the certifying agency they work through may have an agreement with the American Council on Education (ACE).
ACE | Home (http://www.acenet.edu//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home)
You can get a transcript from ACE which almost all colleges recognize. ACE is the organization that issues college-equivalent transcripts for military experience / training. I think that all of the SSI shops are set up with ACE.

Method 2. Take your scuba certification card(s) to the Registrar of your college. For the most part, the Registrar has the authority to grant credit for just about anything. You just have to talk him/her into it. It is easier if the college lists Scuba as a class in their course catalog. They may want to look at the textbook you used in the certification course.

Zatharas
05-05-2008, 23:19
Getting credit for a scuba course you have taken outside of the college is usually easy to do. You need to find out the requirements that your registrar has and follow them. Most likely, they will ask you for a transcript of your complete course work. I have listed bellow the links to the pages with the PADI information on them. I hope this helps.

Courses and suggested credit amounts for them:
http://www.padi.com/padi/en/footerlinks/collegecreditsace.aspx

Page to request a PADI transcript:
https://www.padimembers.com/sforms/ace/form/default4NewPadi.asp

matt151617
05-06-2008, 00:27
I'd love for a college to have SCUBA as a PE class. You could include the cost in with the tuition. My college had the Red Cross lifeguard class, so it didn't cost me anything, I got 2 credits for it, and I walked away with the certification card.

CompuDude
05-06-2008, 17:35
Getting credit for a scuba course you have taken outside of the college is usually easy to do. You need to find out the requirements that your registrar has and follow them. Most likely, they will ask you for a transcript of your complete course work. I have listed bellow the links to the pages with the PADI information on them. I hope this helps.

Courses and suggested credit amounts for them:
College Credits - The American Council of Education (http://www.padi.com/padi/en/footerlinks/collegecreditsace.aspx)

Page to request a PADI transcript:
https://www.padimembers.com/sforms/ace/form/default4NewPadi.asp

Handy links! :smiley20:

Zatharas
05-07-2008, 01:23
I'd love for a college to have SCUBA as a PE class. You could include the cost in with the tuition. My college had the Red Cross lifeguard class, so it didn't cost me anything, I got 2 credits for it, and I walked away with the certification card.

Matt,

Having a scuba course offered at your college is not always as great as you could hope. Our university offers a scuba course; however, the individuals who run the course do not seem to think they are paid enough by the college to run the course without charging additional fees.

How it works at our university is like this; first, the student is enrolled in the college and pays all the student tuition and fees required to enroll in the university. Second the student signs up for the scuba course and is informed they need to pay an additional $225 to take the scuba course to obtain their OW.

This cost way of getting your certification has been done by quite a few students at our university. However, because many students see the additional course cost as paying double for the course they have come to push for and support the creation of a university supported scuba diving club. As a club, we have found that one of the best ways to get your college credit for scuba is to find colleges with a club who will help you get the appropriate transcripts and information to get the credit.

Link to the program above,
http://nrc.umass.edu/index.php/degree-programs/courses/ (http://nrc.umass.edu/index.php/degree-programs/courses/)

CFDAlden
05-07-2008, 01:43
NAUI does this as well. The class my wife and I wanted to take was a college credit class. They allow local folks to join the class if the college students don't fill it. They filled it, so we had to take a class further away.

CompuDude
05-07-2008, 01:50
Sounds like it really depends on the university in question.

That said, one real advantage to the university classes is time. Since they're not in it for a profit, and they have an entire semester to give the course, what you end up with is a MUCH more thorough education than a dive shop trying to cram it all into one or two evening classes, one full-day pool session, and one weekend of diving, so they can meet the minimum requirements. Plus... wow, college credit for actually diving? That sounds way better than your average snoozer of a class!

Meanwhile, if you're already certified from elsewhere, now you know you can get credit for it, after the fact. Hmm... does this mean you can call that trip to Cozumel... summer school? ;)

Geoff_T
05-07-2008, 04:53
The big hitch here is the registrar. I tried and failed twice. That is to say going into collage I already had my advanced cert. Even though they did offer scuba they would not grant me credit. The first time because I was not NAUI certified, the next year I transferred again. Even though it was the same padi curriculum even though my instructor was accredited. What I was told was that because I did not pay the collage to take the course there that I would have to retake my OW to get credit with the additional 300 or so of additional (Lab) fees.

If you are already certified than get the credits if you can. If you are in college get it now its a lifetime cert and you will never have opportunities like you do now especially if you have a college dive club.

wolfen42
05-07-2008, 09:54
It mentioned in our PADI training manual (which I don't have in front of me at the moment) something about many colleges giving credit for scuba certification after the fact. Has anyone out there done this, or know someone who has?

Not sure on your location since it's not in your profile but this is what we ended up doing for our PADI OW training.

Communiversity (http://www.uc.edu/ace/noncreditreg/browseclasses.aspx?classid=_xx19)

easyrider003
05-28-2008, 17:09
I got certified in college and all I had to pay for was the equiptment for the class. Didn't even have to pay for the class itself. I was going to college on a grant and the grant would pay for anything that the college offered and it was something that I had always wanted to do.

DiverMAN
05-28-2008, 18:19
I'm pretty sure you get 1 credit hour for OW certification...

Z-naught
05-29-2008, 10:50
Yup, I did my PADI OW through Divemaster courses at the University of Oregon (http://www.uoregon.edu/), where they are classified as Physical Education: Aquatics SCUBA (http://perec.uoregon.edu/phys_ed/scuba.html). They offer courses up to PADI IDC. In fact, if you take every SCUBA class they offer, you can earn a minor in SCUBA diving!

Everyone who attends university is required to take some PE courses. I can't think of a better choice than SCUBA diving.

divingmedic
05-30-2008, 11:42
I took OW and AOW at college for my two PE credits. This was through SSI. Best class I ever took.

rawalker
05-30-2008, 12:26
I wish I would have had scuba available as a college physEd course when I was in school. I may have lead me in another career path.