Welcome to YMCA Scuba


The history of dive training in the United States began with the development of the YMCA Scuba Program. As divers and instructors, we have dedicated ourselves to the quest for ever-better ways to teach others to enjoy the underwater world. That is our heritage. Throughout the history of sport diving, YMCAs have maintained unsurpassed standards. Those standards have changed as our knowledge and depth of experience have changed. Others have followed. That is our record.

The first instructors, certified in Chicago in 1959, provided the dedication and knowledge that became our tradition. We now have trained divers throughout other dive-training organizations. Throughout our history we have worked tirelessly to improve diver safety and enjoyment with a parallel sense of responsibility toward the underwater world which we explore.

Our accomplishments are known. Today, as in the past, no sport diver in the world is better trained than the individual who has met the high standards of YMCA Scuba.

In the nearly 50 years since our inception, YMCA Scuba has continued to provide the highest level of community-oriented education for divers and instructors based on the YMCA mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Affiliates

CMASDivers Alert NetworkDiving Equipment & Marketing AssnUniversal Referral