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Aquatics and Swimming

USD aquatics has several components, including on-campus classes (such as: swimming, scuba, lifeguarding, etc.), masters swim program, water polo club, swimming lessons, and classes offered by the Mission Bay Aquatics Center. Classes and programs vary from semester to semester.

Be sure to check the current class schedule.

OFF CAMPUS

Mission Bay Aquatic Classes

Mission Bay Aquatic Center is the world's largest instructional waterfront facility, featuring wakeboarding, sailing, surfing, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and standup paddle boarding. MBAC is a cooperative collegiate facility for all San Diego County colleges and universities, and San Diego youth organizations.

Process to register as for-credit:

  1. Register using your MySanDiego portal for the class you want.
  2. Review MBAC course listings on the MBAC website to select a section with class time/dates.
  3. Call the MBAC to register directly through them to enroll in the particular section you want. You will pay the MBAC directly.
  4. Attend your classes and then you will receive a passing grade at the end fo the semester.
  5. It is up to you to pick a section and class date/time.

Process to register as non-credit:

  1. Review MBAC course listings on the MBAC website to select a section with class time/dates.
  2. Call the MBAC to register directly through them to enroll in the particular section you want. You will pay the MBAC directly.

Transportation is not provided. All fees are collected at MBAC upon first class visit. No fees will be deducted from your student account if you sign up for a for-credit MBAC class (you must pay the MBAC directly).

Flowboarding

The flowboarding classes are taught at the Wave House (3146 Mission Blvd. in Mission Beach; transportation not provided). Boards provided; bring a wetsuit if you have one.

Beginning:

No prerequisites. Learn how to stand up on the FlowRider, Wave House's sheet wave attraction. Flowboarding combines elements of such sports as wakeboarding, surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

Fee: $200 for a 12 week class

Advanced:

Prerequisites: Prior class participation and wave riding, or prior approval by Lisa Virtue at Wave House Athletic Club. Learn advanced flowboarding techniques. Surf the ten foot barrel, learn tricks such as airs, sprays, 360's, and flips.

Fee: $200 for a 12 week class

ON CAMPUS

Aquatic Specialist (Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Certification)

*Offered varied semesters only. Upon completion of this course, you will be Lifeguard and/or WSI certified (upon passing of the tests).

*Lifeguarding

  • Learn the skills and techniques required to become a lifeguard in this Red Cross certifying class.
  • This class is taught in the first half of the semester.
  • There are additional fees for books and Red Cross Card.

*Water Safety/Swim Lesson Instructor (WSI)

  • This class teaches you the proper techniques required to teach young children through adults how to swim following the American Red Cross WSI standards.
  • The class meets the 40 hour WSI Red Cross requirement. When you have completed the requirements and passed the tests, you will receive the Res Cross WSI certification card..

Masters Swim Training (Swim Training)

This program is designed for intermediate to advanced swimmers who are looking for a non-competitive way to stay in shape and in the water. Workouts range from 2000-4000 yards but are also individually tailored with the help of an experienced coach. For-credit option available for undergraduate students or open to all community members/affiliates as non-credit.

Take the class twice a week (M/W or Tu/Th) for $60 (for-credit or non-credit) or up to 4 times per week for $80/semester or $25/month (credit option for 2 days a week only). Extra fee applies for all affiliates who do not have a Torero card or a Recreation Facilities Use Pass.

Click HERE to register for the Masters non-credit prgram or the twice a week non-credit class (for the twice a week for-credit registration, please use your portal)

SCUBA Diving: Beginning

Experience the beauty of the underwater world first hand. This class will fully prepare you for the experience of scuba diving.

Included in the program:

  • Five combination video presentations and discussion sessions, on the knowledge, judgment and technical aspects of diving.
  • Four pool sessions to acquire the watermanship skills necessary to be a safe diver.
  • One ocean orientation lecture dealing with water conditions, marine plants, and animals found in this area.
  • Five open water dives for practical experience in an ocean environment on Saturdays.
  • An internationally recognized certification card is earned upon completion of this course.

Transportation is not provided to the ocean dives.

Fee: $180 for aprox. 8 week class (course length is dependent on holiday schedule and the weather for the ocean dives).

*Extra fees are required for you to purchase or rent a snorkel, mask, booties, fins and gloves. All USD students enrolled get a discount on products from Ocean Enterprises.

SCUBA Diving - Advanced

The advanced SCUBA course is an opportunity for the certified SCUBA diver to obtain additional training in specialized areas of diving. The class will present four topics. Each topic will include one lecture session and two ocean dives.

  1. Underwater navigation
  2. Limiting visibility and night diving
  3. Stress and rescue
  4. Deep diving

Students may choose two or four of the specialties that interest them. In this way, the advanced course may be tailored to the individual student's interests and abilities. Upon completing twenty-four logged dives (including the eight dives of the four specialty classes), the diver is eligible for the PADI Advanced Divers certification card.

Transportation is not provided to the ocean dives.

Fee: $180 for approx. 6 week course (course length is dependent on holiday schedule and the weather for the ocean dives).

*Extra fees are required for you to purchase or rent a snorkel, mask, booties, fins and gloves. All USD students enrolled get a discount on products from Ocean Enterprises.

Swim Conditioning - Multi Level

This course is for those who would like to utilize swimming as their means of fitness. New swimmers and those out of shape swimmers will be brought from a low level swim conditioning workout at the beginning of the semester to a comprehensive workout at the end of the semester. Students will learn how to use the pace clock, work on swimming strokes, and learn the competitive turns for those strokes. Workouts will include both distance and interval training will be utilized. Yardage will range from 2,000 to 3,000 yards a class. In addition, non-swimming exercises will be incorporated into the water workouts. *Offered varied semesters only.

Water Polo

Ideal for water polo club members and those who want to learn the game. Students will be required to attend two classes a week. Conditioning, skill development, and game strategy will be emphasized. Scrimmages and drills for skill development included, as well as some swimming conditioning and leg work. Offered varied semesters only.