Open Water Certification


PADI OPEN WATER DIVER $429.00/ Student
Prerequisite: None 
Classroom: 10 hours 
Pool Time: 10 hours 
Dives: 4 (open water)

If you have always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures, or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.  SCUBA diving is unlike any other activity you can participate in. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. You will breathe underwater for the first time (something you will never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. The PADI Open Water Course is divided into three sections, Knowledge Development, Skills Development and Skills Demonistration

Knowledge Development

Learning to dive involves a modest investment of time to become a safe diver.  Traditionally learning to dive required several hours of formal classroom training. Now through on-line training, you will learn the  facts,
principals  and concepts to become a  knowledgeable and safe diver through self study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office. 


         

          ONLINE: PADI’s eLearning on your desktop or laptop computer                            

          TOUCH: Take the online learning offline on your iPad! With this option, you get all of the required materials for use on your Apple or Android tablet. You will, however, need an internet connection to complete quizzes    Knowledge Reviews and final exam.

Skills Development

During this portion of the course you will make a series of pool dives. Here you will learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive computer and a tank while developing essential diving skills. 

Skills Demonstration

Upon completion of  the Knowledge Development and Pool sessions you will make four open water check out  dives where you will demonstrate your skill  proficiency. Upon completion of your open water dives you will receive the PADI Open Water Diver  Certification Card. This card identifies you as a diver, allowing you to rent SCUBA equipment, participate in advanced training and explore exotic diving destinations. 
  


If you've made it  this far you probably have some questions.  Here we’ll answer some of the most common we receive.

 Why should I learn to SCUBA dive with Blue Marble Divers?
     *We keep our class size small, a maximum of 10 students,  to give you the attention you deserve
     *Sufficient  staff on hand to give you one on one assistance if needed
     *Professional staff dedicated to your safety, fun and enjoyment
     * We use Quality, name brand  equipment
     *Convenient class schedules; evenings, weekends and private classes available

What can I expect?
First, expect to have fun. While learning to SCUBA dive should be taken seriously, our instructors, assistant instructors  and dive masters, create a relaxed atmosphere for learning and mastering  basic SCUBA skills.

What does the course  price include?
Included in the price of the class is everything except your personnel equipment, (mask, fins, snorkel, booties, safety sausage and a rental  wetsuit for the checkout dives).  Students receive a 10% discount on their personnel equipment purchase.

Do I have to know  how to swim?   
Basic swimming skills are needed. Now that doesn’t mean you have to be an Olympic swimmer, but  you must be able to swim 200 yards non-stop using any stroke and tread water for 10 minutes.  What is most important is that you posses a modest physical fitness level and be comfortable in the water.

I have a medical condition can I still dive?
There are some medical conditions that may exclude you from diving. When you sign up for a class  you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. If you answer yes to any question on the questionnaire, then you must receive medical clearance from a physician before you can participate in training or dive. For a specific medical condition question visit the Divers Alert Network

What is the minimum age to dive?    
The minimum age to learn to SCUBA dive is 10 years old.

What if I miss a class ?
While we prefer that  you not miss any classes, we do understand that sometimes things arise in our lives that demand our attention. If you must miss a class we will do our best to arrange makeup time or move you into one of our other classes


Be adventurous. Be amazed. Be a diver
Come dive Planet Ocean with us
 

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
                                        Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."                                                                              Mark Twain

Dive Training 


Welcome to our world, the underwater environment. If you are interested learning to dive this is the place to start. Here you will find a complete description of our Open Water certification course and what you’ll need to get started. Blue Marble Divers is a full service Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Dive Center and a SCUBA Diving International / Technical Diving International / Emergency Response Diving International (TDI/SDI/ERDI) 5 Star Professional Development Center. 


Already a diver? We offer a full range of continuing education/specialty, professional development, technical and public safety diving courses. Blue Marble Divers is a Divers Alert Network (DAN) Training Facility and Business Member and, Emergency First Response CPR and 1st Aid Training Provider,  so you know our first priority is SAFETY. 

BLUE MARBLE DIVERS PHILOSOPHY ON TRAINING


Our philosophy on dive training is a simple one; To provide a fun and enjoyable course, at a reasonable price which produces knowledgeable, competent, confidant and safe divers.

discover Scuba Diving

Prerequisite: None 
Classroom: 1 hours 
Pool Time: 2 hours 
Dives:  POOL 1

Price  $50.00 - Includes All Equipment

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you.

PADI dive shops offer this program either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. You can try scuba close to home or while you’re on vacation at a dive destination. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health
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During the course you learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional.


. Get ready to:
   *Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
   *Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
   *Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
   *Have fun swimming around and exploring.
   *Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Winter/Spring 2018 Open Water Training Schedule

Course Start Dates Waynesboro YMCA Saturday Afternoons 11am - 3pm

     January 6th

     March 31st

Course Start Dates Hagerstown YMCA Tuesday Evenings 6pm - 10pm

     March 27th 

Call the shop for details and to register at 301-714-4873

Come dive Planet Ocean with us

Blue Marble Divers

Upcoming Discover Scuba Diving Classes

Waynesboro ymca
December 6th    5:30 - 9:00