Steps to Apply

The Marine Diving Technology program welcomes new student applications after March 1, 2024, for the fall 2024 semester. If you are interested in applying, please review our program requirements.

MDT Program Requirements: Applicants need to have completed a basic open water scuba certification course, complete and pass our dive physical, and  complete and pass our swim test. Please follow steps to apply:

    1. Apply to the college for admission (here ) at

    2. Apply to the MDT program by completing the MDT ApplicationPlease email your application in a "PDF" format, no jpegs or photos will be accepted,  to, or mail your application to the Santa Barbara City College, c/o MDT, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.  If you are already currently scuba certified, you can forward a copy of your certification along with your application. You can APPLY after March 1, 2024, and if you are not yet scuba certified, this document can follow your application. It is encouraged to apply EARLY to be sure that your application is processed before the semester start date. Once we receive your application, you will be contacted by our department via email.

    3. Complete the dive physical using our physical exam form in its ENTIRETY (NO EXCEPTIONS). The physical will expire within "one year" of the initial date of the exam. Please complete your physical after MAY 22nd for the fall 2024 semester. Your physical needs to be in our office by August 17.

    4. Conditional Acceptance to the Program - You are conditionally accepted into the program pending all of your required documents are received by the deadline date of August 17, 2024.  All new incoming students will also need to take and pass our swim test scheduled during MDT 101. You will need to pass all of the swimming skills to qualify for the program. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!