The SCUBA Diver or Open Water Diver Certification course is the first level of SCUBA certification. This is an exciting course that will teach you the skills you need to safely enjoy the underwater world. Once completed, you will be able to enjoy SCUBA diving in many locations around the world. You will also gain knowledge and experience that you will allow you to advance in many areas of SCUBA Diving if you so choose.
SCUBA diving is an activity that the whole family can do together. A word of warning though.... SCUBA diving is addictive! In very little time you may find your kitchen table littered with dive magazines and brochures about dive trips to exotic destinations. Your garage may become filled with dive gear and your car, plastered with dive stickers. You will have to start additional albums on your Facebook page for all of the awesome dive trips you go on too. Your friends will be jealous and your co-workers will be envious. Welcome to the sport of SCUBA Diving.
The minimum age to become SCUBA certified is 10 years old. There is no maximum age. Students must be in good health and able to demonstrate their proficiency in the water. You do not have to be an Olympic swimmer or an athlete to learn to dive. As long as you are in good health and physical shape, you should have no problems learning how to SCUBA dive.
If you have any preexisting medical conditions, you may be required to have your doctor complete a medical evaluation prior to your in-water training. You can download the medical questionnaire at the forms section of this website.
The typical Open Water SCUBA class is broken up into four section.
The first step in the process is to complete the online academics course. The online course creates a foundation of knowledge that the rest of the course will be build upon. We teach almost exclusively SSI classes as their course materials are the most thorough and up-to-date of any training agency in the world. SSI is the industry leader in technology and training materials available to both the students and instructors.
The classroom portion of the course is done in two sessions of around 4-5 hours per session. This can vary depending on the size of the class and the training agencies' curriculum.
Confined Water Training
The confined water portion of the class is done in a pool or confined (shallow) water setting. Students typically participate in 2 or more pool sessions prior to their Open Water training.
Open Water Training
The final segment of the class is the open water training. This consists of 4-5 open water training dives over a 2 day period. The training is typically done at Lake Phoenix but can be done in conjunction with a dive trip as well. In the cooler months, November through March, you can join us on one of our Florida Springs trips to complete your certification for an additional cost.
Upon registration, students will receive their new student information package and will be registered for their online course.
Students will have to complete all required paperwork and, if applicable, have a medical statement signed by their physician prior to any in-water training. The forms are available for download in the forms section of this website. However, forms will be emailed to students after registration. Please read over and complete each form BEFORE the start of your class.
While we highly recommend students use their own "personal gear" (mask, fins, snorkel, booties and wet suit) student are given the option of using our rental equipment for their personal gear. The use of the SCUBA equipment (BCD, Regulators, SPG, Tanks and Weights) is always included in the Open Water SCUBA course.
Other Recommended Items
Students are encouraged to have their own dive computer and become familiar with it prior to their in-water training. Computers are optional for PADI classes but are REQUIRED for SDI and SSI classes. We also encourage students to have their own mask defog, equipment bag and Save-a-Dive kit if using their own equipment. Dive computers are provided to our students for use during their open water checkout dives.
How Much Does it Cost?
Regularly Scheduled Classes
The cost of the Open Water SCUBA course is $695.00 when done during a scheduled class. This includes the tuition, SCUBA equipment rental with tanks (air fills) and weights, personal rental equipment if needed, entrance to the training facility and certification agency processing fees.
The additional cost of a private class is $150.00 per student. Private classes are generally held during the week days.
We happily accept referrals from most any other training agency including SSI, PADI, NAUI, SSI, SDI and more. The cost will vary depending on what the students have left to complete their certification. We charge $495.00 for students needing confined training and water and open water checkout dives or $395.00 for open water checkout dives only. Rental equipment, tanks, weights and entrance fees are included.
Some dive shops or independent instructors may advertise a lower cost but then require the students to purchase or rent their equipment and pay additional cost such as entrance fees, tank rental, air fills and certification fees. The cost of these additional expenses can be as much if not more then the tuition for the class. Our price is all inclusive with no hidden fees. We provide all of the equipment the students need for certification including mask, fins, snorkel and booties. While we do recommend purchasing your own for fit and comfort, the use of our student equipment is included during the class. The only exception is if we do not have a size to fit the student such as XXS or sizes above XXL.
What is not included
Transportation and meals are not included in the cost of the course. Participation in a dive trip such as our Florida springs trips to finish certification dives will be an additional expense.
Students that require additional training sessions in order to complete their course will be responsible for the additional cost including entrance fees, equipment rental, etc. The are no additional instructional costs for remedial training.
Learning to SCUBA dive is an exciting adventure that has a lot of misconceptions we try to clear up in training. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions or misconceptions people have.
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