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 standards 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) 4-6 Open Water Training Dives
  • (4 required for Open Water, additional dives are for the optional specialities)

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 both! There are 5 chapters in the book, or 5 sessions in the E-learning Component of the Classes. 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–usually on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday nights 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m
  • California University – Hamer Hall–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, White Star, and Dutch Springs).  In the winter we take monthly 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 for details.

Included in ALL of our lesson packages:  

  • Instruction at your pace and schedule – no add on fees for flexibility or “executive” treatment
  • Personalized Attention with a focus on your fun and safety!
  • Instruction for Academics & ALL required materials, YOU choose whether you want e-learning, classroom, or both
  • Instruction Poolwork, and Open Water Dives (or referral for open water portion)
  • Hard gear needed for confined water training – BCD, regulator, tanks, wetsuit
  • Required PADI Educational Materials & Student Log Book – use of the required DVD
  • Personal Gear Fitting by a PADI Professional – we take the time to make sure your gear fits you right
  • Certification Card or Referral Paperwork
Flex – Plan
  • All of the above
  • Open Water Certification
  • 10-15% Discount on Personal Gear
  • $10 Store Gift Card
Best Value Package
  • All of the above
  • Open Water Certification
  • Choose Your New Personal Gear Package1
  • Hard Gear for entire class – no rental fees
  • Project Aware Diver Speciality Certification
  • $25 Store Gift Card
Deluxe Lesson Package
  • All of the above
  • Open Water Certification 
  • Choose Your New Personal Gear Package
  • New Lycra Dive Skin
  • Hard Gear for entire class – no rental fees
  • Hotel, Quarry Fees & Air Fills for Open Water Weekend @ local venue
  • Project Aware Diver Specialty Certification
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Certification
  • $50 Store Gift Card

Not Included in Flex & Best Value Packages:

  • Hotel (if needed) for Open Water Training Dives
  • Quarry Fees & Air Fills for Open Water Weekend


Open Water Discounts with Trips

  • Complete Your Certification Along With Booking A 7-Day (or longer) Trip — Deduct $200 off any package
  • Complete Your Certification Along With Booking A Florida Certification Trip — Deduct $50 off any package
  • Certification Along With Full Gear Package Purchase or Drysuit Purchase — Deduct $200 off any Package

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