Open Water Scuba Certification
The Open Water course is designed to teach the skills necessary to safely conduct open water dives. Completion of this course results in scuba certification. Students learn about buoyancy, proper weighting, marine conservation, equipment assembly and maintenance, and proper dive planning. While learning the basic equipment, physiology, and environmental information, students train to use these new skills underwater. This course is the key to start exploring dive destinations around the world. See below for further details regarding the process. Minimum age to enroll is 10 years old. Check out the calendar here.
Enroll below or call our dive shop at 614-545-3283.
Before you begin...
You will be asked to perform two skills:
- A 10 minute float in the 12’ section of the dive pool.
- A 200 yard swim. There is no time limit, any stroke can be used, but swimming must be continual without touching the bottom of the pool.
*These skills must be completed before you will be permitted to practice any scuba skills in the pool. The rental of your life support equipment is included in the price. However, you must provide your own mask, snorkel, fins, boots, and logbook. We offer discounts to students who purchase personal gear with us. Please be sure to stop by the dive shop prior to your class date to shop for your personal equipment.
Step 1 | Academics
The academic portion of the Open Water certification can be completed online. It is a self-study course which can be taken at your own pace. Instructors review this material in class. It typically takes about 10-12 hours to complete.
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Step 2 | Pool Sessions
Students must take four dives over two separate calendar days at our training facility. Our facilities include a multi-level, heated dive tank; a 6 lane lap pool; classrooms; locker rooms with showers; a freshwater gear shower; and boat benches for easy gear assembly.
We offer three options for scheduling the confined water classes.
Weeknight scuba: These sessions run from 1 through 4. Attending the sessions consecutively is not required. However, we do recommend taking the sessions in their designated order so that students can keep the same instructor and classmates. Each session lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Weekend scuba: One weekend per month, we offer a more accelerated class. This option only has two sessions, Saturday and Sunday. These sessions run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone under the age of 14 yrs. old cannot participate in group weekend scuba classes.
Private classes: Should neither of the first two options work, we offer students the flexibility to plan around their schedule. However, there is an additional $175 fee to schedule a private session. With a group of four or more, the private class fee will be waived.
Step 3 | Open Water Dives
Four dives are required on two different calendar days. From June through October, these dives can be completed at Circleville Twin Quarries. Students who complete the necessary coursework, but are unable to complete their open water dives by the end of the season can complete their dives in June of the following year. Otherwise, they can be completed on one of our many group trips or by referral at a location of your choosing.
Open water certification dives take place every other Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m, beginning the first weekend in June. Both days are required.
We also offer the option to schedule private certification dives. It is required to complete the dives over the period of two days. There is an additional cost of $175 when scheduling privately. With a group of four or more, the private fee will be waived.
What is included in the academic and confined water sessions?
- Academic material
- Rental of BCD, regulators, dive computer, wetsuit, tanks, and weights
- Sessions with certified dive instructors to review academic material and refine scuba skills
- Global referral paperwork for students completing certification dives elsewhere
- Free Divers Alert Network (DAN) student insurance
- Free Dive Training magazine subscription
What is included in the open water dive sessions?
- Rental of dive gear
- Dive computer
- Hood and gloves (if needed)
- Tanks (free air refills Saturday if returned to dive shop by 6 p.m.)
- Certification card
Participation in any scuba-related activity requires 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, a physician must sign a form stating that you are physically sound to practice scuba. This must be done prior to any pool work. We also require you to complete and sign a general release and liability form. Upon registering with TDI/SDI, you will be asked to fill out an additional medical form.
If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign the emergency treatment consent form.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to reschedule 24 hours prior to the start of your course, we are happy to transfer you to another class at no charge. If you are absent and have not called 24 hours before your class to reschedule, we will charge a $25 facility/instructor fee.