Spring SCUBA class dates announced

The spring SCUBA training class is set to begin On April 10, 2016 at the California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Aquatic Center.    These classes are presented through a collaboration of Degnan Divers and Monterey Bay Veterans, with support from other governmental and non-governmental service organizations.

Mission: To provide access to specialized dive instruction and recreational ocean diving for all veterans and military, who would be uncomfortable with, or have a low probability of success, in a traditional diving class.

Target Population:

  1. Veterans with special needs of any type including physical, emotional or cognitive.
  2. Family members or care givers interested in SCUBA in order to assist in the veteran’s success.


  1. Provide SCUBA training and certification at little or no cost to the veterans beyond their travel and accommodations. This is accomplished by utilizing services, facilities and other physical assets provided by Monterey Bay Veterans and Degnan Divers.
  2. Provide a safe and accommodating learning and activities environment for the special needs dive student.
  • The academic content of the course will be covered in traditional lecture/discussion, online or a combination of both.
  • The pool environment at CSUMB emphasizes one on one instruction and provides the students with the ability to learn at their own pace.
  • On the water safety and comfort is provided in Monterey Bay by using MBV’s specially modified 60 foot dive boat, the “Freedom”. Visit MBV.org to learn more about this one of a kind dive vessel and the Lift to Freedom (L2F) submersible dive platform.
  • The opportunity is available to participate in regularly scheduled “pool only” SCUBA activities for those not interested in certification or ocean diving.


  1. The seven week training will be one day a week (Sunday) for four to five hours.
  2. The next class is scheduled to begin April 10, 2016
  3. The classroom and pool training begins at 8:00 am at the California State University Aquatic Center. Ocean dives will be scheduled for the final three Sundays, conditions permitting.

Application and registration:

  1. Applications and other required forms may be found at the web site: MBV.org under Freedom Dive Program. This documentation can also be received in hard copy by calling Bill Reisig at 831-423-7728. Completed forms may be e-mailed to wcreisig@comcast.net.


Questions may be directed to Bill Reisig at 831-423-7728 or Frank Degnan at 831-277-1705.