SCUBA Diving

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AQUATICSWelcome to SCUBA diving with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Student Recreation.

If your questions are not answered on this page or you need more information, Please contact Mackenzie Slayton at mackenzie.slayton or office number 808- 932-7747.

Sign-Up Details

All Divers or Soon to be divers must complete the Form before signing up for the class.

When Can you sign-up- Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm on normal business days. You only can sign-up the semester you are taking the class.

Where to sign-up- Campus Recreation Office  This is Located in the Student Life Center.

  • Please note it does take about 20 minutes sign-up.

Fall 2015 - SCUBA Class

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Open Water SCUBA Class

Open water is for the person who is just starting out as a diver. This class takes you from snorkeling to an internationally recognized certified recreational diver. This is the class you need to be able to go SCUBA diving with a tour company or with your friends

POOL and Ocean Dive Days

Class 1 - September – 11th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th

Class 2 - September – 18th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th

Class 3 – October- 9th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th

Class 4 – October 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, and November 1st 

Advanced Class Divers Swimming

This class is for certified divers that would like some more diving experience in order to increase their skills and learn some new tricks of the trade. There are five ocean dives with this class. One of the dives will be a deep dive (below 60 feet) and one will be a navigation dive.

Prerequisites: Open Water Certification

Class 1- October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

Class 2- November 6th, 7th, and 8th

Rescue DiverDiver Waving

This class teaches you about how to prevent problems and how to help if there is one. This class is for the experienced diver, who goes diving often, and wants to be a better diver and buddy. This class focuses on everything from self-rescue to finding and removing an unconscious diver from the water.


  • Advanced Open Water Certification
  • Current Pediatric and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Logged at least 30 dives

Class - November 13th, 14th, and 15th

Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

This class teaches you about how to analyze oxygen enriched air mixes and how to safely dive on these mixes. The benefit of this is decreased surface intervals, longer bottom times, and less nitrogen building up in the body.

Must be open water certified

Class - September 12th and 13th

Divers Alert Network and the PADI Oxygen Provider class

These are held on the same day. This class is a must if you are doing lots of diving or planning on working in the diving industry. Please come in and talk to us about the next class.

Held once a month

Peak Performance Buoyancy and Fish ID Specialty Diver

This is a class to help perfect buoyancy and get some dives in for fun!

Class 1- September 26th, 27th

Class 2- November 14th and 15th

Divemaster divers signing

This is the first professional level of diving. It is an intensive program including an internship and lots of book work. Upon certification you will be certified to help instructors in classes and lead groups of certified divers.

These are ongoing classes throughout the year.


  • 40 logged dives
  • Rescue diver Certification
  • Current Pediatric and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Current Oxygen Administration

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Common Questions

How much does it cost? Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver classes cost 199 Dollars each.

What does the Price Include? The $199 USD includes your books for the class, your certification card that is internationally recognized plus good for life upon completion of class, your transportation to the dive sites from the Student Life Center and your SCUBA gear rental during class (BCD, Tanks, Weights, Wet-suit, and Regulator set).

How long is the class? The Open Water class is two full weekends. The first two days are book and pool work. The second two days are at the ocean. These are all very long days. Be prepared to spend all day at diving class.

What do I need to bring? Your knowledge reviews in your book completed, a set of good mask/fins/snorkel, two towels each day, swimsuit, pack lunch and lots of water.