• Open Water Scuba Diver

Open Water Scuba Diver

This globally-recognized certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver. Three classroom training sessions are combined with 3 practical sessions in our indoor heated pool to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable underwater. You will then be ready to complete 4 Open Water Dives after which you will earn the SSI Open Water Diver certification!  We also include 2 additional Open Water dives to come out and enjoy yourself with your new-found skills! (Scroll down for more detailed information under "Description".)


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Open Water students must meet the following requirements:
  • Diver must be 10 years** or older to start the program (Students under the age of 15 will receive a Junior Open Water certification)
  • Have signed and uploaded all of the forms to your SSI profile with a clear Diver Medical Statement Questionnaire or a physician sign-off prior to your first pool session. Please do not wait until the last minute to fill out these forms in the event you have to schedule an appointment with your physician
  • Water fitness evaluation to demonstrate basic in-water comfort during the first pool session. This includes:
    • A 200 yard swim without buoyancy aids
    • Float/tread water for 10 minutes without buoyancy aids
**Please Note: 10 and 11-year-olds are only certified to dive to a maximum of 40 feet, and all Junior Open Water Divers must dive under the direct supervision of a certified dive professional or a certified adult in environments equivalent to their training and within the recommended depth limits. 

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This course includes the use of our rental equipment (BCD, Regulator, Weights, Cylinders, and Wetsuit), but you are required to purchase the essential equipment listed below (Cost approx. $200-$500 depending on your gear selection):

  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Hood
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • 2 Mouthpieces


We recommend purchasing your equipment at Aquatic Specialties so we can personally fit the equipment to you and your body type. We have many different brands, styles, and sizes, and having equipment that fits well will enhance your performance in the water and make your dive experience more enjoyable! We offer our students a 10% discount* on any required equipment that is purchased while actively enrolled in a course! Every customer matters and your support of your local dive shop is the backbone to our success. Your patronage motivates us to keep improving, and allows us to be able to provide you with the services that we do today - together, we will dive into great things!

*Some restrictions apply on select products

The course fee ($595) includes the following:

  • Digital learning material, course registration, and certification fees for SSI
    • Lifetime access to SSI's digital learning material, digital logbook, digital certification cards, dive tables, and more


  • 3 in-person (or virtual) classroom sessions 
    • Students must complete the online material prior to attending
    • Allows students to ask questions in real-time and engage more directly with the subject matter
    • Develop a genuine connection with your classmates and instructor
    • Facilitates collaborative work and learning


  • 3 Pool/confined water sessions
    • Hands on learning where you will apply what you learned in class while in the safety of our on-site, heated pool


  • 4 Open Water Dives
    • Typically we do two dives on Saturday and two dives on Sunday the following weekend after your last pool session (This does not apply to Winter students)


  • Access to our rental gear
    • BCD, cylinder, weights, wetsuit, and regulator


  • Two additional dives just for fun
    • This includes access to our rental gear at no cost

Not sure if Scuba Diving is for you?

Check out our Try Scuba Diving class (Ages 8+). This is a program designed to give you a taste of scuba diving, without committing to a certification or diving in deep water. To be clear, you do not receive a certification, but you will receive a recognition card, and it will give you and/or your child a chance to experience scuba diving in shallow water, and teach you a little of what it’s all about. The program lasts around 3 hours in total and is a combination of a little basic theory and one shallow water session in our indoor heated pool!


Excited to start your new underwater journey? Check out some of our other courses we have available for our certified Open Water students to advance their skills!

Perfect Buoyancy (Ages 10+): Do you want to increase your buoyancy control, minimize your gas consumption, and move effortlessly above the ocean floor? The SSI Perfect Buoyancy program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to improve their diving position and buoyancy control, and to safely minimize their breathing gas consumption. This will increase your comfort in the water and allow you to get the most from your equipment. 


Nitrox (Ages 10+): The SSI Enriched Air Nitrox program provides students with basic knowledge and skills needed to safely dive using breathing gas with enriched gas mixtures. Have you ever dreamed of having longer no-decompression limits to take pictures or explore a wreck? Did you ever want to be safer while diving concerning the potential risk of decompression sickness? Nitrox is the key. In your enriched air nitrox class, you will learn all of the necessary rules for planning dives with nitrox and using nitrox in a safe way.


Navigation (Ages 10+): This class teaches advanced skills and knowledge you need to safely and confidently navigate underwater. You will learn how to use a compass and natural navigation techniques, estimate distance, how to leave and return to a designated point. All of these will hone your underwater observation skills, improve your dive safety and help you to get the most out of every dive.


Please note: Some courses have other prerequisites or required equipment that is necessary to complete the class. Please see the "prerequisites" and "required equipment" tabs for each individual class for more details. 




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