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Open Water Scuba Diver Course

The Open Water SCUBA Diver course is an entry-level certification course designed to give you the necessary skills to safely conduct open water dives.  Some of the many skills you will learn include buoyancy, proper weighting, marine conservation, equipment assembly, proper dive planning, and maintenance.  The course covers all the basic knowledge about equipment, physiology and the marine environment while training students to perform basic skills underwater.  This course is the key to start exploring dive destinations around the globe or in your backyard. The minimum Age for Enrollment - 10 years old

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We typically do our open water dives May through October. If you take the confined water class and are not able to complete your open water dives by the end of the season in October, you can complete your dives in May the following year. You also have the option of completing the dives on one of our trips. Our last open water dives will be on October 22nd and 23rd. 



Step 1


The Academic portion of the Open Water Diver Course is completed either on-line or using a USB Drive if you are under the age of 13. It is a self-study course where you read and review the material at your own pace and come to class to review the material with your instructor. 

Typically takes about 10-12 hours of your own time to complete this portion.

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Step 2

Pool Sessions

Four dives are required on two different calendar days, at our onsite training facility. We have a 12 foot dive tank, 6 lane lap pool, modern classrooms, locker rooms with showers, fresh water gear shower and boat benches for easy gear assembly. Our heated dive tank has three tiers 3, 6 and 12 feet.

Our Pool (Confined water) classes are conveniently scheduled;

Weeknight Class
Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday evenings for two weeks - total four evenings 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Classes starting EVERY week

Weekend Class
Saturday & Sunday
9:00am - 5:00pm

Private Class
Planned around YOUR schedule, complete Flexibility. The cost for a private confined water session is an additional $175. If you have a group of four or more you can schedule a private class at no additional cost to you. 

Step 3

Open Water Dives

Four dives are required on two different calendar days.  Certification dives can be completed here in Ohio (May-October), on one of our many store group trips, or via referral at a location of your choosing, worldwide.

Our Open Water Certification Dives are scheduled;

Saturday & Sunday - both days are required 9:00am - 2:00pm at Circleville Twin Quarries.

Open Water Weekends begins 1st Weekend in May and are scheduled every other weekend until the end of October.

Private Certification Dives
Two Calendar days required
Planned around YOUR schedule at Circleville Twin Quarries or other local quarry complete flexibility. The cost for the private open water dives is an additional $175. If you have a group of four or more you can schedule a private class at no additional cost to you. 

Academic & Confined Water (Pool) Includes:

1)  Academic Material - On-line codes or CD-Rom
2)  Rental of BCD, Regulators, Dive Computer, Wetsuit, Tanks & Weights
3)  Sessions with Dive Instructor to review academic material and learn SCUBA skills
4)  Global Referral Paperwork if you are completing Certification dives elsewhere
5)  FREE Divers Alert Network (DAN) Student Insurance
6)  FREE Dive Training magazine subscription

Certification Open Water Dives Includes:

1)  Rental of Open Water dive gear

  • BCD
  • Regulators
  • Dive Computers
  • Wetsuit 
  • Hood & Gloves - if needed
  • Tanks - Free Air re-fills Saturday if returned to dive shop by 6:00 pm
  • Weights

2) Certification Card 

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Participation in any scuba-related activity is subject to the completion of a medical release form.   Please answer each line of the medical statement with a complete yes or no.  If you answer YES to any of the medical questions, you will need to have a physician sign off stating that you are able to join us in the class.  This must be done PRIOR to any pool work.  Also, please fill out the General Release & Liability.  Please remember if you answer YES to any of the medical questions you will be required to consult a physician prior to any in-water work.

You will also be asked to fill out a Medical Form online as will when you register at If you have a YES to any of those questions you will be required to consult a physician prior to any in-water work is begun. 

If you are under the age of 18 you will need to have a Parent or Guardian sign an Emergency Treatment Consent Form.

Please note that on the first day of your classes you will be asked to perform the following 2 skills:

1.  Ten Minute Float in the 12' section of the Dive Pool
2.  Two Hundred Yard Swim - no time limit, any stroke may be used, must be continued swimming without touching the bottom of the pool

These skills must be completed prior to any in water Scuba Skills.

The rental of your life support equipment is included in the price.  Equipment you will need to provide is your personal equipment.  That includes your mask, snorkel, fins, boots, and logbook.  We offer a discount to our students that purchase personal gear with us.  Please stop by the shop prior to your class date to shop for these personal items. 

Cancellation Policy: We are happy to transfer you to another class at no charge if you need to reschedule 24 hours prior to the start of your course. If you are a NO SHOW and haven’t called 24 hours prior to your class to reschedule, you will be charged $25.00 to cover facility/instructor fees.