This is where the adventure starts.
Open water Diver class
Not all scuba classes are created equal
Dive classes these days are made of three parts.
Classroom and Pool Classes
Open water check out dives
These are all designed by a certification agency that determines the minimum standard to certify a diver. We don't think the minimum serves our customers. Extra skills are required for people to dive with us. We teach them all in our basic class. Buoyancy is a skill we add so that you are not bouncing off the bottom or skyrocketing to surface. Proper weighting and trim is very helpful for proper buoyancy. We include them with our class at no extra charge. Our students are knowledgeable as well as comfortable so they can safely explore the underwater world. They have also been mistaken for advanced divers when they were traveling.
In addition to class fees there is some equipment that must be purchased
Here at Seaquatics we require that you buy mask, fins, snorkel and boots. We also recommend a wetsuit. We prefer you buy them from us. We will insure a proper fit and function, plus if there is a problem with the gear during your pool session we will gladly exchange it for something that works better for you. We sell top quality gear and it generally lasts well over 10 years so saving a couple dollars now on cheap gear could cost you in the long run.
SSI is the second largest certification agency in the world and is recognized everywhere. We find it has the best bang for the buck as far as online courses go. It takes roughly 8 hours to complete. Click the button below and get the first half of your online training for free. You will get the second half after you have stopped by the store and paid for your class and purchased the necessary gear for the class.
Classroom and pool
This is where you learn the skills of an accomplished scuba diver. Our classroom makes sure you understand everything in the online training plus familiarizing you with the equipment plus a few extras we think are important. In the Pool class you are taught the safety and emergency skills so you will be prepared for almost anything underwater. Once you and the instructor feel you are ready it will be time to schedule an open water evaluation.
Open Water Evaluation
This is where the rubber meets the road. All the things you learned in the classroom and pool are evaluated here. This is the scuba final exam. This where you prove to your instructor that you have what it takes to become a scuba diver. This evaluation is typically 4 dives and a snorkel over the course of 2 days. It can be done in a local lake or on one of our trips to the Caribbean. We can also refer you to a dive shop while you are on vacation. Let us know your plan when you sign up.
Ask about our Nitrox addon class when you stop in.
It is on special for the summer
Nitrox is an advanced specialty class that goes well with the Open Water Diver class. Nitrox is a breathing gas that contains a higher percentage of oxygen then normal air. This allows a diver to stay down longer, have less time between dives and is generally less fatiguing. When coupled with a computer diving limitations are few.