SCUBA Diving is an exciting adventure that can enable us to travel the world working with many types of people. Certified boat captains operate their vessels under strict government scrutiny with periodic inspections of the vessel and crew. Divers expose themselves to the rigors of the environment, the safety inspection of the life support equipment, and the health of our dive partners. Bumps and bruises, cuts and scrapes as well as sea sickness are second nature to this sport.
Current immunizations and health screenings are an important part of professional fitness for your lifetime of diving. A modest amount of money and time investment can protect you from possible long-term debilitating diseases. To assist you in preserving your quality of life, full acceptance into your major/minor programs requires health documentation as per catalogue descriptions. Prior to attempting any dive under supervision, you will be asked to sign an agreement verifying that you have met various technical and safety standards.
Criteria for Sport Management – Diving Industry Specialization Involvement
Students electing this SPMD specialization as well as those pursuing a minor in Diving Education, must satisfy the following detailed criteria list prior to involvement in any SES course that requires in-water activity. Agreement statements will be completed at the beginning of the first semester of enrollment.
NOTE: Prior to attempting any dive under university supervision, all students will be asked to sign an agreement verifying that various technical and safety standards have been met. In addition, faculty members reserve the right to restrict any student from participating in a dive or related diving activity in order to ensure the safety of everyone who might be placed at risk.
- Agreement to Documentation of current immunizations and health screenings, including, but not limited to Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Tuberculosis, and HIV prior to involvement in any SES course that requires in-water activity.
- Agreement to provide medical examination results for certification of physical fitness for rigorous physical activity, including but not limited to chest x-ray, lung function, cardiovascular fitness, complete blood and urine screening and blood toxicology reports. Results may be shared with international diving medical experts at Divers Alert Network to help determine safety clearance for diving at all depths required within the curriculum prior to involvement in any SES course that requires in-water activity.
- Agreement to show proof of current medical insurance to cover local medical treatment for routine health services and/or emergencies including hyperbaric medical treatment and remote air ambulance coverage prior to involvement in any SES course that requires in-water activity. All policies must be current throughout the duration of the SPMD program to protect the health of the student.
- Agreement to complete, prior to each in-water activity, a “Hold Harmless” statement that acknowledges proper individual preparation for diving including proper rest, hydration, nutrition and including attesting to being alcohol, nicotine and substance-free.
- Agreement to subject to random urine drug testing during all semesters of in-water activity and/or coursework as is the professional standard in many areas of the diving industry.
- Agreement to weekend availability of no less than one Saturday or Sunday per month during the academic year for open water activities related to coursework. Student will be notified in advance of particular course registration.
- Agreement to summer availability for one academic session in order to complete an intensive international dive activity experience upon successful completion of SES 240/240L.
- Agreement to provide documentation of annual professional service for any personally-owned mechanical or electronic diving equipment prior to involvement in any SES course that requires in-water activity for continued use throughout the duration of the SPMD program.
- Agreement to successful completion of the Cooper 12-minute Swim at a “Good” or higher category for aquatic fitness by the end of SES 240L. Testing to begin the first semester of program involvement.
- Agreement to provide equivalent entry-level diving certification from a recognized training/certifying agency or to enroll in ISR 155/155L.
- Agreement to provide equivalent intermediate diving certification from a recognized training/certifying agency or to enroll in ISR 255/255L.
- Agreement to provide current Lifeguard Training Certification equivalent to that issued in SES 211 or to enroll in SES 211.
- Agreement to provide and to keep current the National Safety Council Emergency Medical Responder equivalent to that issued in SES 212/212L or to enroll in SES 212/212L.
- Agreement to document no fewer than 60 SCUBA dives in a variety of environments and conditions as required for application for industry professional certifications.
- Agreement from experienced divers to satisfactory completion of a proficiency examination including, but not limited to, a written examination on basic diving theory, as well as a practical exam on diving skill performance in confined and open water OR agree to enroll in ISR 155/155L and/or ISR 255/255L.