SCUBA & Swimming Preparation for Marine Biology

One critically important skill for marine biologists is SCUBA diving. To SCUBA dive at any university requires a Scientific Diving Certification (AAUS). UCSC offers Scientific Diving courses, as do other institutions on the Monterey Bay (e.g., Moss Landing Marine Labs). There are several courses required before taking the Scientific Diving course (Basic SCUBA, Advanced SCUBA, Rescue Diver) so students who want to become a scientific diver need to begin taking SCUBA courses as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 restrictions on in-person instruction, the Athletics & Recreation Program at UCSC is currently not offering SCUBA courses. Keep an eye on the Athletics & Recreation program website to find out when the Basic, Advanced, and Rescue Diver SCUBA courses will be offered again on campus.

Visit the UCSC Science Diving website to learn more about Scientific Diving courses and when they are offered!  

If you do not know how to swim yet, we encourage you to take advantage of the great sequence of swimming courses that will take you from a non-swimmer to a strong swimmer here on campus. Take advantage of the pool and instructors whether you choose to pursue SCUBA diving or not.  Visit the Athletics & Recreation program website to find the swimming courses available at UCSC.