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Come Dive With Us

The Nova Southeastern University Academic Diving Program offers scuba training to students, faculty, staff, and friends of NSU at the prestigious and expansive Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Complex.

The stretch of Florida coast from West Palm Beach to the Florida Keys is home to the third largest barrier reef system in the world. Fort Lauderdale is especially known for exceptional shore and wreck diving. There are more than two dozen sunken vessels to explore offshore. Combine that with year-round warm water and easy access to the Caribbean, and you can see why scuba diving is one of the most popular recreational activities in South Florida.

Courses taught at the NSU Academic Diving Program are in-depth and provide much more than competitor programs offered. Here is what sets the NSU scuba training courses apart:

  • Taught in a world-class aquatic facility on NSU's Davie/Fort Lauderdale campus
  • Multiple sections offer convenient scheduling options
  • More pool and class options than competitors in South Florida
  • Affordable student, faculty, staff, and NSU friends pricing
  • Highly credentialed, expert diving instructors

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Upcoming Courses

Term 2 begins March 13th
Mondays and Wednesdays
7:00 PM - 9:00 p.m.

The Advanced Open Water Diver class is a course for certified divers who wish to improve their diving techniques while being introduced to a variety of diving activities and environments. There is one classroom knowledge development session per week and one pool session for skill development per week. Divers enrolled in this course will participate in six dives throughout and earn their PADI Advanced Open Water Certification.

March 23 and April 12
6:00-10:00 p.m.

The PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course is for any certified diver who wants to expand their dive knowledge and skill set to include diving recreationally with up to 40% EANx. Diving on EANx allows divers to increase their no decompression time. This course includes one classroom session that teaches the diver how to safely plan and conduct EA NX dives. Upon completion of the course the diver earns their PADI Enriched Air Nitrox certification which is a specialty certification. The dive is not required for this certification; however, one is offered.

Term 2 begins April 3
Mondays and Wednesdays
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Rescue Diver is an important step in furthering your diving knowledge and experience. This course is tailored for those who are interested in becoming future dive professionals. This class includes the DAN Diving First Aid for Professionals course.

April 8-9

DFA Pro consists of information from the Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, and CPR HCP courses. It meets US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for workplace CPR and first aid. This course is geared towards divers who are interested in becoming a dive professional in the future and pairs up well with the Rescue Diver course.

For more information and to register, contact Tec Clark at or (954) 262-7042.

NSU Scuba Club

NSU's Scuba Club unites students, faculty, and staff with a passion for diving. Supervised by Campus Recreation and Wellness, the club organizes safe and exciting dive trips, complete with professional guidance, rental gear, and adherence to industry standards. 

The semester-long membership fee is $75 and includes:

  • Free rental scuba equipment for all club dives
  • Free scuba refresher at the beginning of each semester
  • Free supervised beach dives
  • Half-priced boat dives

To be a member of the NSU Scuba Club you must have the following prerequisites:

  • Hold an Open Water Diver certification from an international dive training agency (e.g. PADI, NAUI, SSI, TDI/SDI, GUE, RAID, SEI, YMCA, etc.)
  • Have active diving accident insurance coverage with Divers Alert Network (DAN) at the Master Level or higher
  • Take the free Scuba Refresher if you have never taken an NSUADP scuba course OR if you have not been diving in 6 months or longer
  • Complete the Medical History Questionnaire

We offer a variety of supervised dives including:

  • Beach dives
  • Wreck dives
  • Night dives (for Advanced certified divers)
  • Deep dives (for Advanced certified divers)
  • Megalodon sharks teeth-collecting dives
  • Goliath Grouper dives
  • Cavern dives (safe for Open Water divers)
  • Conservation dives
  • Lionfish eradication dives
  • Reef clean-up dives 

Dive trips are approximately every other week per semester, or approximately 8-12 dive trips per semester. We dive in locations all around Florida including Lauderdale By The Sea, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach, Key Largo, Tavernier, Key West, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Clewiston, Crystal River and Venice Beach.

Meet our Team

Our dedicated staff of diving professionals are passionate about sharing their knowledge and creating a supportive learning environment. They bring extensive experience and expertise to guide you safely on your underwater journey.


Name and Title Contact Information

Tec Clark
Associate Director for Academic & Recreational Scuba Diving
(954) 262-7042
bill-conrad.jpg Bill Conrad
Assistant Director for Scuba Diving Instruction
(954) 262-7287

Annie Sevon

IDC Staff Instructor


Kimme Shmutz

IDC Staff Instructor


Katarina Lee

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Katherine Meurer

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Rakin Khan

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Thomas Wuerzer


Adam Parks


Marshall Hawkins


Laura Palomino 


Adam Dietzman 


Maggie Rushmore


Santiago Gonzalo

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