SCUBA in pool

UC Berkeley - Scientific Diving

Enrollment Instructions

In order to enroll in the course you need to do the following:

Step 1: Add yourself to the waitlist.

Step 2: Attend the first class meeting. At this time we will go over the course schedule and the significant financial and time commitments required by the class. We will also answer any questions you might have regarding certification requirements or the course in general.

Step 3: Attend the first lab session. Pool sessions take place at the Spieker Pool at the RSF. *Please note, the first lab session may take place before the first lecture most Fall semesters. For confirmation or clarification, please contact the instructor.

At the first lab session we will go over the course equipment requirements and selection criteria.

After the equipment discussion, we will perform the swim evaluations as follows:

  • 47A Students are expected to be able to swim 300 yards in less than 10 minutes, swim 75 feet underwater on one breath, and should be able to float or tread water for 10 minutes.
  • 47B Students are expected to be able to swim 350 yards in less than 10 minutes, swim 75 feet underwater on one breath, and should be able to float or tread water for 12 minutes.
  • 407 Students are expected to be able to: swim 400 yards in less than 10 minutes, swim 75 feet underwater on one breath, swim 150 feet underwater on 4 breaths, tow a swimmer 150 feet without the use of swim aids, and should be able to float or tread water for 15 minutes.

Bring your student ID, a towel, and something warm to pull on after the swims.

Course Entry Codes (CEC's) are issued after the swim evaluations.

Step 4: Be able to pass a diving medical exam. The forms for the medical exam will be handed out after the swim evaluation. Divers must have healthy pulmonary and cardiac systems as well as the ability to equalize pressure in the ears, sinuses, and other air spaces of the body. Divers may not have any condition that could bring about a sudden loss of consciousness due to the serious risk of drowning. Divers are encouraged to have the medical exam preformed at the University Health Services Tang Center, or otherwise seek a doctor knowledgeable in hyperbaric medicine.