Are there any prerequisites for the course? 

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age (by the first day of class)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (equivalence)
  • Proof of SCUBA certification (ie Open Water certification)

Is there any financial aid available? 

Students accepted into the course are able to apply for a SELF LOAN from the state of Minnesota. The maximum loan amount is limited to $7500. Applications are available by contacting us (1-800-216-5521).


Students have the option to register for this course through Brainerd's community college, Central Lakes College, for elective credits. Student aid and grants may be possible through this option, but will most likely only cover CLC's expenses. Also, registering for this course through CLC will make the tuition more expensive. Students may contact the college to find out more about what they have to offer by calling (829) 855-8000. Please keep in mind that if a student wishes to register for this course at CLC they must FIRST register for the course period they want to be in with MCDTC.