Yes! You may be eligible to get college credit for learning how to scuba dive. PADI courses have been recommended by a variety of Institutions for college credit.
How Much College Credit Can You Earn?
Universities and colleges that accept ACE credit recommendations for PADI courses typically handle them like transfer credit. Transfer credit is often awarded without an additional fee. This may save you tuition fees while allowing you to possibly meet graduation requirements.
ACE has set forth the following college credit recommendations for PADI and EFR courses:
Course Hours Semester Credit Instructional Area
Open Water Diver 1 Lower Recreation/Physical Education
Advanced Open Water Diver 1 Lower Recreation/Physical Education
Assistant Instructor 1 Lower Recreation/Physical Education
Deep Diver Specialty 1 Lower Recreation/Physical Education
Apprentice Tec 1 Lower Recreation/Physical Education
Divemaster 2 Lower Recreation/Physical Education
Rescue Diver 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education
Night Diver Specialty 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education
Dry Suit Diver Specialty 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education
Search & Recovery Diver Specialty 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education
Underwater Navigator Specialty 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education
Underwater Photographer Specialty 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education/Recreational study
Wreck Diver Specialty 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education/Archeology
Enriched Air Diver Specialty 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education
Instructor Development 2 Upper/Lower** Recreation/Physical Education
Course Director Training 3 Upper Recreation/Physical Education
Tec Deep 1 Upper Recreation/Physical Education
DSAT Tec Trimix 1 Upper Recreation/Physical Education
Emergency First Response
Instructor Training Course 1 Lower* Recreation/Physical Education
*Lower - Typically Freshman I Sophomore Level, Upper - Typically Junior l Senior Level
Note: Please contact your college or university before applying for credit to see if credit is accepted at the institution. Some institutions may not accept PADI course.
ORDERING AN OFFICIAL PADI TRANSCRIPT
To secure credit for a PADI or EFR course at a college or university, you need an official transcript as proof of course completion. Colleges and universities will not accept certification cards or wall certificates as proof of course completion.
PADI will send your transcript directly to you or the college or university you are currently attending or planning to attend. It is recommended that you also order a transcript for your own records. Your instructor at Colorado Diver Training can help you with this.