SCUBA Certified - A Desirable Skill for a USCGA Candidate?

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  1. ForGod&Country

    ForGod&Country Member

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    Any significant advantage for a candidate to the USCGA to being SCUBA certified and having their own equipment? How would this benefit DS on their application above and beyond something on the activities resume' if at all? A quick review of past posts shows them more as club activities at the academies but not much about applying the skill to a future job. Wondering the same for the USNA and USMMA and will post question there as well. Thanks.
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Significant? I wouldn't think so... But it wouldn't hurt.
     
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  3. rjb

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    It's about the 'whole package' you are presenting. If it's an important part DS's ECA's then list it along with DS's other interests / hobbies / sports / etc. Most likely not significant, however. The CGA has a scuba club and there are opportunities to achieve advanced scuba certifications.
     
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  4. walterd

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    It could be listed as an extracurricular but I seriously doubt it will be given more weight than a sports team or other established hobbies. - current cadet
     
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    cflodstrom New Member

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    I don't think it has as much of an impact as a varsity sport does... after all, every cadet has the option to get certified for free in their junior year at the academy
     
  6. rjb

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    Free or at a reduced cost? My understanding is that the instruction is free but the PADI certification fees still apply.
     
  7. ArCo207

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    There is a fee associated with the SCUBA class. I am not sure sure that it is limited to only the NAUI certification. The SCUBA class is almost exclusively a 1/c (senior) elective that is space-limited (16 students per class / 2 classes per semester) so over the course of an academic year a max of ~64 cadets get certified.
     
  8. ArCo207

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    No significant advantage, particularly for owning your own gear, but as was stated by another forum member it does support showing the applicant is a well-rounded individual.
     

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