RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT FOR PADI DIVER TRAINING COURSES

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends college credit for certain PADI scuba diver courses. ACE represents all colleges and universities before the US federal government and as such is the unified voice of higher education. ACE evaluates educational courses according to established college-level criteria and recommends college credit for those that measure up to these standards.
The ACE credit recommendations for PADI courses may help you in receiving college credit at an American university or college – even if the courses aren’t conducted on a university or college campus. Courses offered through PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and at other locations qualify.

 

TAKE A COURSE – USE THE CREDIT

A university or college may use the ACE credit recommendations in a variety of ways. The institution may apply the credit to your major replacing a required course. They may also use the credit as a general elective to possibly waive a prerequisite course.

 

COLLEGE CREDIT AT NO EXTRA CHARGE

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 at the same time allowing you to possibly meet graduation requirements.

 

HOW MUCH COLLEGE CREDIT CAN I EARN?

ACE has set forth the following college credit recommendations for PADI courses:

Course Title

Semester Credit Hours

Division*

Credit Subject Areas

Open Water Diver 1 Lower Physical Education or Recreation
Advanced Open Water Diver 1 Lower Recreation or Physical Education
Rescue Diver 1 Lower Rescue Techniques, Leisure Studies, Physical Education, or Advanced Diving Programs
Deep Diver 1 Lower Recreation, Physical Education, Leisure Studies, Diving Physiology or Physics
Dry Suit Diver 1 Vocational Diving Technology or Advanced Diving Techniques
Night Diver 1 Vocational Physical Education or Recreation Studies
Search And Recovery Diver 2 Lower Operational Risk Management or Physical Education
Underwater Navigator 1 Lower Diving Science or Physical Education
Wreck Diver 1 Lower Marine Archaeology or Physical Education
Divemaster 3 Lower Recreation, Physical Education, or Leadership
Emergency First Response Instructor Training Course 2 Lower Classroom Management or Emergency Medicine
Instructor Development Course 3 Upper Classroom Management
  3 Lower Interpersonal Communications
Tec 40 Diver 1 Lower Physical Education or Advanced Diving Techniques
Tec 45 Diver 1 Lower Diving Technology or Risk Management
Tec 50 Diver 1 Lower Advanced Diving Technology
Tec Trimix Diver 1 Lower Advanced Diving Technology
Rebreather Diver 2 Lower Diving Technology or Scientific Diving
Advanced Rebreather Diver 1 Lower Advanced Diving Technology, or Scientific Research Diving
Sidemount Diver 1 Vocational Physical Education or Recreation Studies
Tec Sidemount Diver 1 Lower Advanced Diving Techniques or Physical Education
Public Safety Diver 2 Lower Operational Risk Management or Physical Education
Freediver 1 Lower Physical Education or Diving Science
Advanced Freediver 1 Lower Physical Education, Diving Science, or Leisure Studies
Master Freediver 1 Lower Physical Education or Leisure Studies
Freediver Instructor 2 Lower Classroom Management, Risk Management, or Advanced Diving Techniques

 

ORDERING AN OFFICIAL PADI TRANSCRIPT

To secure credit for a PADI 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. To order an official transcript, complete the application on the reverse side and enclose the indicated processing fee. 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 courses for credit.

 

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