The Science of Diving (SOD)

Robert Boyle

While scuba diving is primarily about having fun, there is considerable science behind it all. Names you remember from high school physics and chemistry — Boyle, Dalton, Charles and Henry — all played a pivotal role in helping us understand what happens to our bodies under water. Learn the hows and whys behind diving related physics and physiology, oceanography, decompression theory, environmental concerns, marine life and more.

This intellectually challenging class. This is the true beginning of scuba diving leadership. Be able to clearly and concisely answer questions asked by divers old and young.

Whether your goal is to develop the knowledge you will need to succeed as an instructor, or you just want to expand your understanding of your favorite sport, you will discover that this course answers questions you didn’t even know to ask.



Students must be at least 15 years old and possess a minimum of Open Water and Nitrox Diver certifications.




This course consists of a full weekend of classroom discussion, plus outside study. The Science of Diving course requires a commitment to reading and learning what diving is about. Bring your book, paper, pencil eraser, calculator and a good learning attitude to each session.



All training takes place right here at Harry’s Dive Shop (get directions).



When?The course is offered in a variety of formats, but typically takes the equivalent of four evenings or two full weekend days. Starting dates are:

  • Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Monday, November 5, 2018

Classes require a minimum of three people to run as scheduled. If fewer than three people sign up, we reserve the right to either cancel the class or impose a $100 uncharge.

Please be aware that, while we make every effort to keep our listings accurate and up to date, you should always call the store to confirm starting dates and times.

How Much?

How Much?

The course fee s $395 and includes:

  • All instruction.
  • Self-study materials.

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