Aquatics Minor

The 24 credit hour aquatics minor prepares students for employment opportunities in the aquatic career field. Courses provide students with state-of-the-art information and the most recent agency certifications available. Our effort is to develop and produce quality graduates who have the appropriate skills and certifications to obtain employment in an aquatic profession. If you have a strong background in some aquatic area, or are interested in developing into an aquatic professional, this is the minor for you!

Common Core:

All Aquatic Minors have the common core – 11 credit hours:

AQUA 190 – Introduction to Aquatics (3)
AQUA 216 – Lifeguard Training (3)
AQUA 315 – Water Safety Instructor (3)
AQUA 454 – Pool Operations (3)

The Aquatics Minor contains Three (3) Options:

Option 1: Teaching Aquatics

This emphasis draws students from education majors and enhances their degree. Most states require by law that public school teachers who teach in the pool be Water Safety Instructor certified. This minor provides this and much more, giving the student greater marketability. 

Option 2: Administration of Aquatics

An emphasis in this option benefits majors in a variety of fields including business, exercise science, natural resources, architecture and entrepreneurial studies. These minors work in organizations ranging from public service, colleges and universities to the private sector managing and operation aquatic facilities.

Option 3: Scuba

This option is useful for majors in archaeology, criminology, biology as well as others where investigation or rescue work enter the water. These minors may use their preparation to work for resorts, cruise ships, or dive shops among others. They get the basics required to receive further training to become technical, scientific, rescue.

For more information, please contact Leland Yarger at or 765-285-8282

School of Physical Education, Sport, & Exercise Science
Health and Physical Activity Building (HP), Room 360
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8746
Fax: 765-285-8254