Air Force Lt. Robert A. Schultz, 25, operations officer of the 834th Services Squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida, died Monday in a scuba-diving accident at Morrison Springs near Ponce De Leon, Fla. He was born in Washington and grew up in Prince George's County.

An Air Force spokesman said Lt. Schultz was diving with friends at the springs, a swampy area known for its underground caverns. When his companions saw that he was in trouble, they brought him to the water's surface and attempted resuscitation. Lt. Schultz then was taken to Walton County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The son of a retired Air Force colonel, he was born at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.

He graduated from Crossland High School in Camp Springs in 1973 and earned a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences from the University of Maryland in 1977.

Lt. Schultz was commissioned into the Air Force in 1979.

Survivors include his parents, retired Air Force Col. Raymond W. and Alice E. Schultz of Temple Hills; a sister, Susanna Stover of Damascus, Md.; four brothers, Raymond J. Of Gaithersburg, Army Lt. Richard K., of Fort Carson, Colo., and Air Force Lt. Brian E. and Gerald, both of Temple Hills, and a grandmother, Alice Nypaver of Uniontown, Pa.