At Waterdogs SCUBA & Safety, our mission is to produce outstanding SCUBA professionals that not only comply with industry standards but surpass them. Through our intensive professional programs, graduates emerge ready to teach courses, guide students and certified divers, work on dive charter boats, work in a dive shop or resort, assist with Public Safety dives and even begin their own business. Our goal is to graduate students with a professional education that exceed ISO industry standards, creating working divers that are in high demand worldwide.
Our Programs can be accessed at any level of diver or even non-divers. Students are required to provide transcripts from higher education for evaluation. All students including public safety, military and former military personnel are eligible for credit considerations based upon dive documentation of their previous learning experiences and any dive agency certification cards.
Our Basic SCUBA Programs are:
General SCUBA Instructor Program:
Professional Preparatory Session
Instructor Preparatory Session
Open Water Instructor Session
Cylinder Technician Program:
Gas Blender Program:
Diver Alert Network Instructor Program:
Our Advanced SCUBA Programs are:
Staff Instructor Program:
Specialty Instructor Session
Master Instructor Session
Staff Instructor & FA-Pro Session
Technical Instructor Program:
Tec Specialty Instructor Session
Cavern, Tec 45 & FA-Pro Session
Tec Side Mount & Tec 50 Session
Tec 65 Normoxic Trimix
Tec Deep & Sidemount Instructor
Public Safety Instructor Program:
PSD Specialty Instructor Session
Dive Tender, Public Safety Diver & ERDI Level I Session
Crime Scene Investigator Session
FA-Pro, ERDI Level II & Night Ops Session
Public Safety Supervisor Session
Public Safety Diver Instructor Session
Each session is where multiple diver courses will be completed.
For more information on our programs please follow this link to our catalog, for2021-02-04specific start dates please check out our course calendar.
Frequently Asked Questions
How and where do I sign up?
To sign up please call (931-389-3483) or just stop in to Waterdogs SCUBA and Safety LLC (if using VA/GI Bill please see below).
What do I need to do before I Start My First Class?
Tell all your friends you are taking SCUBA diving course and ask them if they would like to join you. Visit the Forms Section and complete the enrollment paperwork and the Medical Form enclosed with your student package. (This must be signed by a physician since you are entering into a professional program.)
Schedule an appointment with our school SCO and bring all your paperwork. For VA students this will also include your COE and DD214. Collect high school diploma or college transcripts and bring a copy on first day of class.
We are currently eligible and approved to use GI Bill® benefits for this program.
How do I sign up for VA/GI Bill® funding?
Where can I go for more information about my VA/GI Bill® benefits?
For more information on using your VA/GI Bill® benefits, please click the following link:
Can I get college credit?
College credit is available for several courses. However, if you plan to transfer the credit to another institution, please verify with the institution what credits will transfer and toward what Subject Areas they will apply.**
Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC, please visit https://www.tn.gov/thec/bureaus/student-aid-and-compliance/postsecondary-state-authorization/authorized-institutions-and-data.html.
**Credits earned at Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC. You should obtain confirmation that Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Waterdogs Scuba and Safety LLC before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.