Open Water Lesson Packages

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, it all starts with the PADI Open Water Diver course. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Check out the latest video about learning to scuba dive with PADI!

As a PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and freedom to explore the underwater world at your leisure. During the course, you’ll cover knowledge development, confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills and open water dives to review your skills and explore! So, why not take the PADI Open Water Diver Course. There is even the  PADI eLearning option where you can start now!

When you’re ready to start give us a call or pop in to the shop.

Your Open Water Certification Will Involve:  (PADI & SDI standards both recommend a minimum of 31 Instructional hours)

  • 3-5 Academic Sessions (either in person with an instructor, online, or a combination of both) 
  • 3-6 Pool Sessions (sessions are mastery-based, once you learn a skill we move on – Skills should be able to be done neutrally buoyant) 
  • 4-6 Open Water Training Dives (4 required for Open Water, additional dives are for the optional specialties)

Time Frame: Classes will progress at your pace. We set your schedule when you sign-up for lessons. Some people get done in just a week or two, others take up to a year to finish.  

Academic Classes:   You choose how you learn best. You can do e-learning, traditional classroom, or blended combination! With either the book or the e-learning the content is broken down in manageable sections. For traditional sessions, you complete the reading on your own and schedule class at your convenience to go over Knowledge Reviews. You can do more than one chapter in a session if you prefer. If you choose e-learning, you will complete the work online. You will still schedule 1 academic session to go over what we feel are essential key concepts and take a quick verification quiz. If you want to be extra thorough you can do both.  

Pool Sessions:   We currently use 2 public pools, and several private pools by arrangement.

  • Mt. Lebanon High School Pool–classes are usually on Wednesday Nights 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • California University – Hamer Hall – Friday – Sunday evening, and other — times are very flexible and change each Semester

You should bring your swimming suit, personal gear, a towel, bottled water, and Crew Pack w/ Log Book to pool with you.

Open Water Training Dives:   You will need to complete a minimum of 4 dives over the course of 2 days to complete your certification. In the Summer, we typically use several quarries within driving distance (Blue Hole, Dutch Springs, and White Star). In the winter we take several trips to Florida, or travel to the Caribbean. If you combine your lessons with signing up for a 7-day or longer trip–you will receive a significant discount! You also have the option of taking a referral with you to complete your dives elsewhere if you already have a vacation planned. Speak to someone at the shop, or call, for details

Included in ALL of our Open Water Certifications:

  • Instruction at your pace and schedule—no add on fees for flexibility or “executive” treatment1
  • Personalized Attention with a focus on your fun and safety!
  • Instruction for Academics Session OR E-learning Review — YOU Choose whether you want e-learning or in-person instruction
  • Use of any required DVD’s for training
  • Instruction for Confined Water (Pool), and Open Water Dives (or referral for open water portion)
  • Hard gear needed for confined water training – BCD, regulator, tanks, wetsuit
  • Personal Gear Fitting by a Dive Professional– we take the time to make sure your gear fits you right
  • Certification Card, or Referral Paperwork
Flex – Plan

Includes: Open Water Certification

  • All of the above
  • 10-15% Discount on Personal Gear
  • 15% Discount on your Educational Materials
  • Special Pricing on Student Gear Rental
  • (If Doing Referral Option, Deduct $50)
  • Not Included:
    • Personal Gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots)
    • Educational Materials
    • Hard Gear Rental for Open Water Dives
    • Hotel (if needed) for Open Water Training
    • Quarry Fees & Air Fills for Open Water Training
Best Value Package

Includes: Open Water Certification

  • All of the above
  • Required Educational Materials & Student Log Book (PADI E-learning code has an up-charge)
  • Choose Your New Personal Gear Package2
  • Hard Gear for entire class – no rental fees
  • Discount on Open Water Gear Essentials Bundles
  • (If Doing Referral Option, Deduct $100)
  • Not Included:
  • Hotel (if needed) for Open Water Training Dives
  • Quarry Fees & Air Fills for Open Water Weekend
  • (Retail Value over $1,000 – SAVE over $300)
Deluxe Lesson Package
  • Includes: Open Water Certification

    • All of the above
    • Required Educational Materials & Student Log Book (PADI E-learning code has an up-charge)
    • Choose Your New Personal Gear Package2
    • Hard Gear for entire class – no rental fees
    • Quarry Fees & Air Fills for Open Water Weekend @ local venue3
    • Lycra Socks
    • Mask Strap Cover
    • A personal dive slate
    • Fin keeper
    • 50% Off Advanced Open Water Class4
    • Not Included:
    • Hotel (if needed) for Open Water Training Dives5
    • (Retail Value over $1,350 – SAVE over $350)

Open Water Discounts with Trips

  • Complete Your Certification Along With Booking An International Trip – Flex Plan is $199, or Deduct $200 off either package
  • Certification Along With Full Gear Package Purchase or Drysuit Purchase — Deduct $100 off any of the above
  • Group Discount: Group of 3 = $25 off pp/Group of 4 = $75 off pp/Group of 5 = $100 pp /Group of 6 or more = $150 off pp
  • $199 Companion Refresher allows you to complete all components of training with your future dive buddy.

The Fine Print:

1If you need done last minute and it cannot fit in with our normal schedule, there may be additional charges for private/add-on sessions. Schedule Changes may incur additional costs.

2Personal gear must be chosen from our extensive selection of normally stocked personal gear.  Special Order Items may cost additional. Fin & Mask Upgrades available.

32 Days of Quarry fees. Local Venues are: Blue Hole and White Star Quarry.  Dutch Springs is a $50 up charge due to higher costs.

4If Advanced Open Water is Purchased at the same time, or within 6 months of completion of Open Water Training.

6With any of the packages you are responsible for your own transportation costs to all components of the course & training dives.                                                        REVISED 4/28/2019

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