Class Description

Experience the underwater world
This course is a beginning step in the Open Water Scuba Diving Program.  Students will complete the academic and the confined water portion of the Open Water Diver Program.  After successful completion of this orientation class, students will receive a certification that allows them to dive with an instructor, anywhere in the world.  To dive without instructor supervision, students must complete 4 open water training dives within 12 months of their course completion date.  If anyone chooses to expand their diving commitment, the 4 open water dives will be an additional expense and scheduled on one’s own time. 

The Scuba Diver Certification is the practical application in conjunction with PE 179 Scuba Orientation

  • Pre-requisite of  200 yard continuous swim and 10 minute rescue float
  • Fee includes certification materials and use of equipment for all pool sessions
  • All classroom sessions held in the Health & Education Building (PAS-E) Room G10 from 6-8 pm
  • All pool sessions held in WVU Natatorium from 8-10 pm

Instructor: Autumn Jefferson

Class Schedule

Scuba Class 1: Tuesdays January 10 - February 28

Pool dates - Natatorium

January 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21

Scuba Class 2:  Thursdays January 12 - March 2

Pool dates - Natatorium

January 19, 26
February 2, 9
March 2

Scuba Class 3 Tuesdays March 14 - April 25

Pool dates - Natatorium

March 21, 28
April 4, 18, 25

Scuba Class 4:  Thursdays March 2 - April 27

Pool dates - Natatorium

March 23, 30
April 6, 20, 27

Additional Class Information

Scuba Instructor: Autumn Jefferson

Starting as a student at Marshall University, Autumn fell in love with diving and decided to make it her life.  She has been a Dive Instructor since 2003, certifying over 775 students in her career, and is one of the many instructors working for Dive Tech and Sports in Charleston, WV.  Her personal certifications extend from Instructor/Trainer to Full Cave Diver, and they span numerous training agencies. Autumn stays up to date with the latest advances in training and uses research-based practices to guarantee the quality of training.  She feels that it is her responsibility to make sure every student is a safe and confident diver. Through her training, students can understand how passionately she feels about the sport of Scuba Diving and gain a little of their own passion along the way.  For more than 12 years, Autumn has lectured to thousands of university level students and has taught the information to all types of learners.   She has been conducting the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Lifetime Activities Scuba Program since 2012, and plans to continue teaching for years to come.