This event was cancelled on Fri 03/13/2020, by Daniel Haryanto for the following reason: Events cancelled due to campus wide event cancellations in regards to COVID19 virus.

Spring Open Water Class (Full Open Water)

Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Sunday, Apr 5, 2020 (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)

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This 2020 Spring Open Water class includes academic online training, two indoor pool sessions, and four open water dives. At the completion of this class, each student will receive a PADI Open Water Diver Certification. 

Course Overview  

The Spring Hoofer Open Water SCUBA course consists of a self-paced eLearning web classroom where students learn about diving physiology and safety and the equipment and skills needed by every diver. This is followed by two indoor swimming pool sessions where students are able to apply your new knowledge in a controlled environment. Students must complete the eLearning prior to the pool sessions (no exception). Once the eLearning and the pool training session are completed, each student will complete four open water dives over two days. 

Course Fee  

The course fee of $405 includes your PADI Open Water Referral, open water check out dives, professional instruction by PADI instructors, all course materials including access to eLearning, dive log and training record, and the use of all Scuba equipment and tanks needed for the class. You will also need to purchase a membership in Hoofer Scuba which costs $44 per year for students and includes heavily discounted gear rentals once certified.  The fee is paid to the Hoofer Scuba Club online or at the Outdoor UW Service desk at the Memorial Union when you sign up for the course. There are no additional hidden fees or costs, and our courses include all education and dives required to become a PADI certified diver. The total cost for students is $449. Sign Up can be done online or at the Outdoor UW office.

Prerequisites and Enrollment Conditions

You must attend all classroom and pool sessions to gain a referral.  No make-up sessions can be offered. If during the course under special circumstances you find you cannot attend one of the dates, please let us know ASAP so we can work something out.

We follow the PADI health requirements, a copy of all the medical conditions that may require a physician's approval to be cleared for diving can be found here, or online under PADI medical form. Note, if you have one of these conditions, it does not necessarily bar you from diving, it does mean we would need a doctor to sign off that you are medically cleared for diving. If you are not cleared but have already started or completed the online portion, we can only offer a partial refund.

It is essential that course participants have strong basic swimming skills and be comfortable in the water.  PADI requirements include a basic swim test and a tread-water test. If you do not pass the swim test we can only offer partial refunds of course fees.  See below for more details.

eLearning must be completed according to the schedule directed by your instructor.  

Course Refunds: Once the course has commenced, we do not offer any refunds past the first pool session, eg. if you decide that you can't make one of the dates!  If you decide after the first pool session that SCUBA is not for you, then we can offer you a partial refund of the course cost less the cost of materials, and a prorated fee for the portion of the class that you attended.

For safety, individuals not able to satisfactorily perform all required skills in the pool will not be permitted to participate in the open water training.  Our instructors will make every effort to assist you in becoming a certified diver, but certification is not guaranteed.

Participants must be a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, faculty/staff, or Wisconsin Union member. Union membership is open to everyone. Call 608-262-2263 or visit to sign up for Union Membership.

Last day to sign up is March 24th! 

Class session: 03/26/20 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Memorial Union, Check T.I.T.U screen

Pool Sessions: 04/04/20 & 04/05/20 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Natatorium 

Open Water: 04/20/20 & 04/21/20 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM at (Devil's Lake State Park)

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