Intro to SCUBA

Course Description

Want a fun and inexpensive underwater experience? Our instructors are former U.S. Special Forces and/or Emergency Medical Services rescue divers and are fully-certified. 

This one-day course is a great way for you to test the waters and see if pursuing certification in SCUBA diving is something you want. If you do, Liberty offers a one credit KINE 232 Open Water SCUBA certification class which can lead all the way to Dive Master.

Open to all, including the general public. Equipment provided.



Instructor - J.D. Emerson

J.D. was born in Chatham, Virginia. After graduating from Whitmell Farm Life High School, he joined the Army and learned combat medical, weapons, tactics, surveillance, and survival skills. After the Army, J.D. graduated from Guilford Tech with a degree in industrial technology.

J.D. is an Instructor Trainer for the following:

  • American Red Cross, Emergency First Responder
  • ASHI (American Safety & Health) CPR/First Aid/AED and Wilderness First Aid
  • Dive Medic
  • Self Defense (holds a fifth degree black belt certification)
  • PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Master SCUBA Diver Trainer
  • Public Safety Diving and IDEA (International Diving Education Association (underwater crime scene investigation and Black Water Diving)

J.D. is a pilot and enjoys flying as one of his favorite hobbies.