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PADI (Scuba Diving)

Does your teen know how to scuba dive or practice underwater photography?  Did they learn how through a PADI course?  If so, there is up to 34 college credits available through this source.   If they haven’t learned to scuba dive, but plan to, it’s industrious of you to choose a company that awards college credit.  (not all do)

PADI courses are evaluated for college credit by ACE, which means they may qualify for college credit.  The category will likely be Physical Education/ Recreation or non-general education elective.  Charter Oak State College allows you to count up to 30 credits in this category towards the completion of an Associate of Science degree.

The American Council on Education‘s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside the traditional classroom.

This type of credit falls into the category of  least transferable type (less likelihood than CLEP, AP, or dual enrollment through a college)  however, if your teen is doing -has done- the work, you should register with ACE and put their PADI course on the transcript.  There are a thousand reasons to do it, and no good reason not to.

If you still haven’t created an ACE account for your teen, do it today!  It’s free and only takes a minute.  You’ll be able to add any and all of their ACE credit from here on out, as well as older credit that you can verify.  ALEKS, Straighterline, Sophia, Saylor Academy, edX, and others (like PADI) are all varieties of ACE credit.

Watch my short video on how to set up an ACE account.

PADI Classes for College Credit (through 6/30/2017)

“PADI International, Inc., is a professional organization that focuses on the training of scuba divers and scuba diving instructors. PADI’s goal is to promote the training and education of the general public in the proper techniques of recreational underwater activities and the advancement of those activities.

All PADI courses are developed in terms of demonstrable student performance. PADI course materials employ the concepts of mastery learning based on student-centered objectives, and the curriculum is performance-based rather than time-based.

Students are certified as PADI divers when they master all cognitive and motor-skills performance objectives. Students who have not demonstrated an acceptable level of performance typically matriculate to another course or begin remedial training with the instructor until all cognitive or motor-skill performance objectives are met.”

Locate a PADI course or get more information:  www.PADI.com 

  1. Open Water Diver (2 credits)
  2. Advanced Open Water Diver (1 credit)
  3. Deep Diver (1 credit)
  4. Rebreather Diver (1 credit)
  5. Advanced Rebreather Diver (1 credit)
  6. Divemaster (3 credits)
  7. Dry Suit Diver (1 credit)
  8. Course Director Training Course (3 credits)
  9. Emergency First Response Instructor Training Course (1 credit)
  10. Enriched Air Diver (1 credit)
  11. Instructor Development Course /Formerly: Open Water Scuba Instructor (3 credits)
  12. Night Diver (1 credit)
  13. Public Safety Diver (2 credits)
  14. Rescue Diver (1 credit)
  15. Search and Recovery Diver (1 credit)
  16. Sidemount Diver (1 credit)
  17. Tech 40 Diver (1 credit)
  18. Tech 45 Diver (1 credit)
  19. Tech 50 Diver (1 credit)
  20. Tech Sidemount Diver (2 credits)
  21. Tech Trimix Diver (2 credits)
  22. Underwater Navigator (1 credit)
  23. Underwater Photographer (1 credit)
  24. Wreck Diver (1 credit)