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Open Water Scuba Diver

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    Dive into an Underwater Adventure

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    Discover more with Small Class Sizes

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    Meet new friends

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    Travel & Explore Exotic Locations

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    Enjoy the aquatic environment

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    Private Pool Session Only $100


Become Certified as an Open Water Scuba Diver

What to Expect During your Open Water Scuba Diver Course:

1.  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) 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 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.

4.  Find dates for #1, #2, & #3 listed above on our calendar that meet your schedule.


What to Else Should You Expect:

Customarily in dive resorts and scuba diving shops worldwideskin gearis personal and needs to be purchased.  You will be expected to travel with your own mask, fins, and snorkel aka "skin gear" and remember a lot of the best diving locations are remote third world locations good luck finding potable drinking water let alone the selection of equipment local dive shops offer.  Anyone who has had an ill-fitting mask will tell you it's like wearing someone else's underwear. 

Scuba equipmentcan be rented, but is the most beneficial when you know when it was last serviced, how well it fits and how it functions such as buoyancy compensation devices, wetsuits, and regulators, even given airline weight restrictions avid scuba divers recognize the benefits of bringing their own gear and pay the additional baggage fees, Other items such as tanks are typically rented,

Scuba equipment will be provided during the course, skin gear is an additional expense.    However, before you accept the call of underwater adventurer do not purchase personal skin gear or (eventually) your own scuba equipment until it has been discussed in class and you know how to evaluate your purchases.

1.  Equipment

Personal Skin Gear:
  • Scuba Quality mask
  • Fins (with or without booties)
  • Snorkel

Rental Scuba Equipment (included in the course fee):
  • Buoyancy Compensation Device
  • Wetsuit
  • Scuba Cylinders or Tanks
  • Regulator
  • Weights
2.  Dive Site Entrance Fees
During your class we choose the very best locations to practice scuba skills in order to achieve success. Theseexpenses are included in the course fee.

3.  Certification Materials & Card

 You will receive a internationally recognized certification card and course materials that will thoroughly prepare you for this adventure your about to undertake. The certification materials and course fee are included.

3.  Open Water Scuba Instructor Fees
Open Water Scuba Diver is our entry level scuba certification course during which you will learn the basic knowledge and skills to safely scuba dive in open water. Your instructor will teach you about dive equipment, the science of diving, responsible diving practices and the environment. You will also learn and practice many in-water skills for your safety and comfort, The diving course you are about to begin is an exciting and demanding challenge.  It will allow you to eventually explore the "other three-fourths" of our planet that is underwater. When you complete your class, you will be free to explore and discover the many wonders of the underwater world- within your training limits.This sport is an evolving sport like with many other things this century, and with globalization there is also standardization NAUI, PADI, SSI, and several other agencies reciprocate worldwide .The Instructor fees are included.

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