Learn more about Scuba at Western Illinois University
Scuba diving was first offered as a university course in 1967. Since then, scuba has grown to encompass many aspects and advantages for students beyond the ability to have a good time on vacation. The minor in Scuba was established starting in Fall 2008. The scuba minor was created to allow WIU students from many different majors across campus to gain specific knowledge in how to utilize scuba within their future careers.
The scuba minor is tailorable to many different majors: Law enforcement students learn how to work as public safety divers. Marine biologists become adept at scientific diving. Recreation Parks and Tourism students are perfectly poised to operate dive resorts. While Kinesiology students can take what they learn and pass it on as scuba instructors.
All students in the scuba minor at WIU will be able to earn no less than a Divemaster certification. Those that choose to continue can become instructors. When these students enter the job market they have a distinct advantage over most other applicants as there are very few colleges or universities offering this level of specific scuba training.
While WIU is landlocked, our students dive continuously in our pool and local lakes. They have taken part in every aspect of setting up our local dive venues including floating and then specifically placing city busses, combines, boats, training platforms, and more underwater.
Students are encouraged to expand their knowledge base by traveling with their scuba class to many different parts of the world to dive. We travel every year to California to learn how to dive in kelp. The Caribbean Sea is another consistent destination during school breaks. Trips to Florida, the Bahamas, Bonaire, Roatan, Belize, Grand Cayman, the US Virgin Islands, Cabo San Lucas, and Cozumel, Mexico are just some of the destinations our students have dived. In many of these places the owners of boats and dive resorts alike were so impressed with the quality of diving our students displayed, they are offering internships to WIU scuba students to augment their education.
Completing the scuba diving minor at WIU is not only a great way to become an excellent diver, it will help set you apart from the crowd when it is time to apply for a job! Come check us out.