If you are new to diving, chances are you have no idea of what’s expected, what to bring with you to class, what you’ll learn, and more. Below are the most common FAQs I hear on a regular basis. Of course, you can always email or call me to clarify any outstanding questions you have prior to class.
What will I do?
When you embark on your PADI Open Water certification, you discover excitement and adventure – freedom and serenity. Nothing compares to the “weightless” exhilaration of breathing underwater. Only a diver knows the feeling! The course structure consists of class time, homework, an exam, and pool time to work on basic skills before we step foot in the Atlantic. 4 open water dives are required to pass the course, which can be achieved in a two-day period.
How long will it take?
Classes typically begin on Wednesday evening and end on a Sunday afternoon. We meet in the evenings during the week, and we’ll be on the boat both days of the weekend completing the open water dive portion of the class. The boat trip times will vary and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on when to meet at the dock. Plan on each trip taking around 4 hrs, which typically embark either in the morning around 8am or in the afternoon around 1pm. Weather will play a role on when we’ll be booking the boat trips.
How much does it cost?
The price varies for each course, so be sure to check out the class description page for the course you’d like to take.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a mask, dive fins and snorkel set to class. The rest of the equipment is available for rent and is included in the pricing package. Please note that dive fins differ from snorkeling fins. They are much sturdier and usually require booties or “dive socks” to be worn underneath. Likewise, you’ll want to invest in a good mask and not rely on a snorkeling mask. I am happy to help outfit you for class; just let me know. It’s always best to bring lots of water, sunscreen, and a snack with on the boat.
How deep will we go?
Depth of the open water dives also varies by course. If you are new to diving and considering the PADI Open Water course, we will not exceed 40 feet. Most of the dive will occur between 20 and 30 feet in depth.
What if I’m scared?
Every single person has nervous anticipation the first time they dive. It is a very natural feeling because you’re about to do something extremely unnatural to you! But, that’s what I am here for. I will be mentally and physically preparing you for your first dive all throughout the course prior to the open water portion. If you decide it’s not for you at the last minute, just remember you never have to do something you do not want to do. SCUBA diving is meant to be a fun and relaxing experience and my training will prepare you to appreciate diving in that way.
Where can I go from here?
Many students are anxious to continue their certification levels once they pass the Open Water course. PADI offers a variety of extended courses that I am certified to instruct. Nothing makes me more happy than to see my students advance their skills and enjoyment of diving.