Admiral Farragut Scuba Diving programme, St Petersburgh, Florida

The Scuba program at Farragut isn’t just a recreational activity; it’s an exploration into life. It’s the ultimate safari expedition. In addition, some of the largest mountain ranges on Earth are actually underwater so a scuba diver essentially becomes a mountain climber. Our Scuba program connects students to the environment virtually every day of the academic calendar.

Once you master the concept of buoyancy, neutral buoyancy is like experiencing zero gravity, kind of like being in space. For a place where two astronauts are amongst its alumni, that’s rather fitting. And fun. At amusement parks, animals are in an unnatural state. Farragut students get to see incredible life happening up close. Like a manta ray swimming overhead or dolphin zipping by or a school of multi-colored fish swooping in and around them. As a scuba diver, you also get to explore the nooks and crannies of miraculous rock formations. Beats standing in line for hours in Orlando.

From the Gulf of Mexico to the Suwannee River to the Keys to Ginnie Springs, the state of Florida ranks among the top places to dive. Ginnie Springs, a place visited by the Farragut Scuba program each year, has often been called “the world’s favorite freshwater dive.” Over the years, thousands of divers from around the world have marveled at Ginnie Springs’ crystal-clear water and startling natural beauty. Jacques Cousteau, in fact, characterized Ginnie Spring as “visibility forever.” The Keys have some of the world’s most epic shipwrecks. The central portion of northern Florida is one of the largest and most active cave diving regions in the country. The Gulf Coast is home to abundant sea life, including Siesta Key’s Point of Rocks – known for the natural limestone rock formations.


Scuba Curriculum

Scuba Diving is offered as an elective during the academic day for grades 9-12. Throughout the year, students learn to be safe, knowledgeable, and improve technique well beyond the basic diving physics, physiology, and decompression theory that are typically obtained in scuba courses. All scuba certifications are honored internationally and can be carried for a lifetime. Students who complete the entire curriculum have the opportunity to earn the following certifications: 

  • Basic: Open Water Diver/First Aid/CPR/Advanced Diver
  • Master Diver: Rescue Diver/Nitrox/Master Diver
  • Divemaster: Professional Level

The Basic class and Master Diver class are divided into three courses, each lasting for one semester.

  • In the Basic class, students will learn well beyond the basic diving physics, physiology, and decompression theory that are typically obtained at a dive shop.
  • In the Master Diver class, students become proficient in several speciality areas including: deep, navigation, night/low visibility diving, equipment repair, underwater ecology, and underwater mapping.
  • The Rescue Diver portion trains students to conduct water rescues.
  • The Divemaster class helps provide the leadership skills required to assist in training and be responsible for certified divers.
  • Cavern is available on a case-by-case basis, please contact the Scuba Instructor for details.

2024-2025 price (on top of the tuition and boarding fee)

US$ 1,100 Basic: Open Water Diver/First Aid/CPR
US$ 1,000 Advanced Adventure Diver
US$ 1,000 Master Diver: Rescue Diver/Nitrox/Master Diver
US$ 1,100 Divemaster Candidate: Professional Level

Also see our Admiral Farragut Academy Aviation Programme

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