Open Water Diver Course

Open Water Diver

Learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver Course!

If you’ve always wondered what lies beneath the surface, now’s the time to find out. Start the journey of a lifetime with the PADI Open Water Diver course. It will change you forever. In the Open Water Diver course, your Instructor will take you through the basics of learning how to scuba dive.

How do I get started?

You can sign up for our Open Water Diver Class by calling the store or stopping in to meet our friendly staff.  There are two different options for classes.  The first is an E-Learning class.  You will do all the academic portion of the Open Water Diver course online at PADI and the pool portion with The Dive Shop. For many of our students, this is the most convenient option.   The other option is a traditional classroom setting where we will do all the academics in our onsite classroom.

 Now that you signed up – what happens next? 

First, we have an Orientation (usually on the Friday before class starts) at The Dive Shop.   Your instructor will introduce himself/herself and our dive assistants.  Your instructor will thoroughly explain the program to you, answer any questions or concerns you may have and review the upcoming class/pool schedule.   Best of all you’ll get the opportunity to set up your dive equipment for the first time!

Next up – the first of two or three pool sessions – this is where it really gets fun!  You will head to the pool in order to learn the skills involved in enjoying SCUBA.  For the pool portion, you will need your own mask, snorkel, boots and fins.  We will supply everything else!  You will need these before your first pool session.  As a student you will receive a 10% discount on these (or any additional) items at The Dive Shop.

On your first day in the pool you will do a quick swim evaluation.  You’ll complete an swim of 200 yards, using whatever stroke you like best.  Then you’ll do a 10-minute float/tread.

Next…you will get to breathe underwater for the first time!  That’s what you’re here for and it is an incredible experience!

Each pool session will be used to build on the skills learned in the prior session – and you will become more and more proficient with your SCUBA skills, and then it will be time for:

Your Certification Dives

The final part of your SCUBA course will be your Open Water Certification Dives. This is a two-day process in which you complete four dives with your instructor and absolutely assure yourself (and your instructor) that you can comfortably and competently perform all of the skills that a diver should be able to do to stay safe.  But, this is also a time for fun.  After completing a few skills at the beginning, you will be taken on a guided tour to really get a great diving experience and apply all those new skills you learned!

We routinely offer this training in a local environment from Memorial Day through October.  Check our schedule here. Or if you prefer warmer waters, you can come on one of our fabulous trips throughout the year to do your certification dives.

There is also the option of taking a referral from us so that you can complete your certification dives anywhere in the world. It’s up to you.  You have one year from the end of class to do these dives.

So, how much is it?

So this is where everyone asks the big question … what does it cost? Depending on which class option you decide to use, the cost is different.  If you choose to do E-Learning the cost is $499 for all the pool sessions and access to the online course. We will provide you with the access code you need when you sign up for class.  If you choose to do the traditional classroom , the fee is $469 which includes course materials.   Aside from your basic equipment, the only additional cost is your certification dives — because it depends on where you choose to do them!

The entire training needed for certification (including 4 open water dives) can be completed in as little as one month. Minimum certifying age is 10 years old.

Class Tuition Includes:

  • Instruction from a nationally certified and insured professional instructor with assistance from certified and insured Divemasters and Assistant Instructors
  • Course Materials or e-learning access code
  • Use of Rental Scuba Equipment during the pool sessions
  • Use of the pool

Personal Equipment- Cost ranges from $250-$350

  • Each student needs: Mask, Snorkel, Open-Heel Fins, Neoprene Boots

Quarry Certification Weekend- $295 for the weekend (2 days required)


  • Registration with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • Lectures and Guided Dives from your Instructor and Dive master
  • Use of complete set of Rental Scuba Gear
  • Air fills
  • Lunch on Saturday

Not Included:

  • Entrance Fee into Dutch Springs currently $40.00 per Scuba Diver per day (2 Days).
  • Food for the weekend
  • Camping fee $15 per day (optional) or hotel fee


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