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SCUBA Diving

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Announcements - Spring 2018

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Welcome to SCUBA diving with the University of Hawai╩╗i Hilo Student Recreation.

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

Manta Ray Night SCUBA Dive YouTube Video & Link

Please see the very amazing Spring 2017 Manta Ray Night SCUBA Dive YouTube video made by our SCUBA student! The YouTube video and link are below. We hope that you'll join us for our next student Manta Ray Night SCUBA Dive!

View the Manta Ray Night Dive video on YouTube.

Sign-Up Details

All Divers or Soon to be divers must complete the Form before signing up for the class, if there is a Yes on the form, a signature from a doctor is required.

Before you sign-up
New divers must pass the SCUBA swim test! The SCUBA Swim Test is given and evaluated by the Student Life Center Lifeguards. Please meet with the Student Life Center Lifeguards about your interest in taking the SCUBA Swim Test. See FAQ for more details.
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, located in the Student Life Center.

Already a diver and need to refresh your skills?

Has it been a while since you were diving? We are offering two reminder dives! This will help you get back into the swing of diving!

Then sign-up for a Fun Dive - Get an email when we have Fun Dives open to UH Hilo students!

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Fall 2018 - SCUBA Class

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Basic Level Class

We offer PADI first time divers looking to become certified.

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A group of divers swim along the ocean floor.

To sign-up for the class you will need to take a swim test at the Student Life Center Pool, they come into the outdoor office!

Pool and Ocean Dive Days

The class is one weekend of book work, one weekend of pool work and one weekend of ocean dives.

  • Class 1- August 25th, 26th, Sept 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th
  • Class 2- September 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th
  • Class 2- October 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th
  • Class 3- November 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th

Advanced Class

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

-TBD Please come and sign-up for a wait-list to be notified when we get enough divers to host the class

Rescue Diver

Diver 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

-TBD Please come and sign-up for a wait-list to be notified when we get enough divers to host the class

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 - TBD

Project Aware Dive Against Debris

This is a class to help get in some fun dives and help clean up some local dive sites!

Class - TBD

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.

Class - TBD

Peak Performance Buoyancy and Fish ID Specialty Diver

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

Class - TBD


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

Class -TBD Please come and sign-up for a wait-list to be notified when we get enough divers to host the class

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Common Questions - FAQ Section

  • How much does it cost? Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver classes cost 225 Dollars each.
  • What does the Price Include? The $225 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).
  • Can I rent a Mask/Fins/Snorkel set for use while I am in the class? Yes, you can rent a set of these items for 25 dollars only for use when you are physically present in the class. You cannot rent them from us for use outside of your SCUBA class.
  • How long is the class? The Open Water class is two full weekends. The first weekend starts Friday night with book and pool work. The second weekend are the ocean days. 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.
  • How far and hard is the swim test? The swim test is a 200 yard swim using only front crawl or breast stroke, you must make forward motion at all time, not need assistance from a flotation device, person or lifeguard and you cannot stop at the walls. Then there is a 10 min float/tread, in this you cannot touch the sides, bottom or any flotation device for the full 10 min. The swim test can be taken with the lifeguards at any time prior to signing up for the class. You will be asked to repeat the swim test in class. If you are worried about passing the swim test, there is a basic swimming class offered through the KES department as a credit based class and of course there is plenty of time to practice at the pool.
  • What is the medical and why do I have to fill it out? The medical form is the standard PADI medical form for diving. This form helps us to minimize the risk of diving by ensuring that you don’t have any counter indications to diving prior to the start of your diving course. If there is a possible counter indication, a doctor's signature is required.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns please stop by Campus Recreation during business hours, M-F 8am-4am. SCUBA classes are only open to University of Hawai╩╗i students who are members of the Student Life Center.