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Depth Perception Dive Center

Open Water Scuba Diver Course

Confident Divers. Competent Divers.

From easy cruise down the reef recreational diving, to rigorous technical training, we cover everything- including Instructor training.

Don't accept less than highly qualified and competent Instructors and Staff- We don't!

Become Certified as an Open Water Scuba Diver

What to Expect During your Open Water Scuba Diver Course:

1a.   Scuba Knowledge Development We call this self-study because most people prefer to complete this portion in the comfort of their homes on their schedule.  Options include Online (NAUI or PADI eLearning), Paper & Ink independent study, and/or Private Lecture-style Classroom, whatever your learning style or time constraint we've got something for you. There is always a solution! No time? We can ship out education packets across town or across the country, typically the same business day (shipping charges may apply). Start taking your online course within hours or days- you decide. Schedule a call when its most convenient for you to discuss the details or if you're a local come by- we have a class that is right for you. 

  • Online (NAUI or PADI eLearning): Study at your own pace with the assistance of interactive computer-based learning through video recorded presentations, audio transcripts, practice quizzes, and final exam.
  • Paper & Ink: Do you travel frequently or just unplug after a long day. Maybe you just dislike computers and/or the internet? We offer a book self-study package. Stop by and enroll in the course, get your materials and start reading the book. Any questions? Call or text your Instructor and your Instructor will schedule time convenient to you. 
  • Know you won't read or login online. Sign-up for an weekday evening Private Lecture-style Class .
After you finish the Online eLearning course or Paper & Ink Class you will be ready to attend and/or schedule a Group or Private Review Session. 

1b.  In-Person Open Water Scuba Certification Group Classroom Academic Review and Diving Equipment Session
After completion of  your self-study  (
online eLearning videos, book reading and workbook, etc., which ever is applicable) find a group Academic Review Session session on our calendar or schedule a private session (additional charges apply for private sessions) to continue your knowledge development in-person at our shop where you will learn about the equipment. Your Instructor will take you through a review of the scuba diving applied science, diving equipment purpose, features, types, and uses, diving safety and planning. Your Instructor will meet with the class for approximately four hours in order to assess preparedness for the pool and open water dives. Emphasis will be placed on how to avoid diving injuries, understanding the dive tables, and how to assemble, use, and transport your scuba equipment.

During that time we will discuss:
  • Applied Sciences: physics, physiology, and medical aspects as they relate to diving and your safety in the water.
  • Diving Equipment: Purpose, features, types and uses of recreational skin and scuba equipment.  Select, use and care for dive gear.  
  • Dive Planning and Environmental Conditions.
  • Diving Safety: cause, prevention, symptoms, and first aid

2.  Pool / Confined Water Session
What's easier than jumping into a pool?  The first time you're in scuba gear is exciting,  thrilling, and overwhelming.  So, we ease into the shallow end first.  Our goal is to make you comfortable, it's a requirement.

You will perform several water skills throughout the day and your Instructor will be there every step of the way.

Without Scuba Equipment or Skin Gear:
  • Swim Test: Student will demonstrate novice level swim stroke proficiency in any of the following strokes: craw, side, breast,      elementary back, or back stroke. 
  • Float (survival swim) for 10 minutes.
  • Swim underwater for 50 feet.

With Mask, Fins, and Snorkel:
  • Swim 450 yards nonstop, breathing from snorkel.

With Scuba Equipment we will:
  • Select, check, assemble, adjust and don equipment; perform pre-dive gear check for self and buddy; defog masks; after diving, doff, rinse and care for gear.
  • Perform surface buoyancy/weighting check and make adjustments as needed to hover at diving depth.
  • Correctly give and recognize surface and underwater communications for divers.
  • At surface, remove and replace (in turn): mask, fins, weight belt, and scuba equipment.
  • With face submerged, breathe through snorkel while resting and swimming.
  • Descend and ascend with minimal hand movement.
  • Remove, replace, and clear regulator.
  • Remove, replace, and clear mask.
  • Regulator recovery.
  • Hover without assistance.
  • Emergency Swimming Ascent (ESA)
  • Basic Rescue skills, ask your instructor about our Rescue class!
  • Basic Navigation skills using a compass.
3.  Open Water Dives
Over the course of two days your Instructor will dive the class on four dives (typically two 40 minute dives each day), these dives will be similar to the dives you will be certified to complete once you are certified.

What we will do: Your instructor will show you how to and expect you to demonstrate how to:

  • Practice scuba equipment pool skills again.
  • Ascend at a controlled steady rate of 30 feet or less per minute and hover at a depth of approximately 15 feet for three minutes.
  • Give, recognize and respond appropriately to common underwater communications.
  • Communicate air supply amount remaining upon request and manage air supply so as to surface within a pre-planned minimum air limit.


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Find dates for #1b, #2, & #3 listed above on our calendar that meet your schedule. Customize your schedule by choosing ANY class (within the "1, 2, 3" order) within 4 weeks of each other.
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