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Open Water Diver


If you’ve always wondered what lies beneath the surface, now’s the time to find out. Start the journey of a lifetime with the Open Water Diver course. It will change you forever.

In the Open Water Diver course, your instructor will teach you the basics of Scuba Diving and the operation of all of the Scuba gear that you will be using. You will complete Confined Water Training sessions(in a swimming pool) before progressing to the Open Water for your final four Certification dives. Our highly skilled staff will be there to guide you through the hows and whys of diving. Our goal is to take you from beginner to a highly capable and competent diver during the course. We will do everything in our power to ensure that your experience culminates in a life long love of diving and all its great adventures. Our passion for the sport and our desire to share that with you will be evident from the start.

You will begin with home study using web based training and then progress to your Classroom and Pool instruction.  The Home Study program must be completed prior to the Classroom phase.  Pricing varies depending on agency and all fees for materials are paid directly to the agency and are not included in the tuition.  During the classroom phase your instructor will be providing you all of the detailed information about diving and all the required skills that you will need to become a safe and competent diver.  We will then ensure you are fully qualified in the pool before sending you to Open Water to complete your course.  There are three(3) pool sessions for two(2) hours each for a total of six(6) hours of Confined Water training.  An entrance fee of $9 per session is charged by the pool to every attendant and is not included in the tuition.

After you complete your Confined Water training you will have your Open Water Certification dives to complete.  This consists of four(4) dives done over two(2) days at one of the Open Water venues available to us.  At this time we use either Dutch Springs in PA or Lake Phoenix in Va.  Each destination is between 3 and 4 hours from the shop.  This will require an overnight stay for most students.  You can either camp on site or stay at a hotel near by.  Open Water Certification classes generally begin at 9am each morning and conclude around 3pm each day.  We will provide all the needed equipment with the exception of Mask, Fins and Snorkel.  Additional costs are associated with the quarry such as entry fees and airfills.  Prices will vary slightly depending on the venue chosen by the instructor for that weekend.  

Earning your Open Water Diver certification is just the beginning. As a certified diver, fabulous dive destinations, exciting people, unparalleled adventure and uncommon tranquility await you. And, as you continue your adventure and gain experience through higher training levels, your opportunities will expand.

  • Number of Dives:  3 Confined Water sessions, Four Open Water Dives
  • Minimum Age: 16 years old (UTD), 10 years old (PADI)
  • Prerequisites: Home Study Learning Materials(Separate cost)
  • Required Materials:  Mask, Fins, Boots, Snorkel

Costs:
$500 (save 5%*) or pay per course component
  • Class & Pool Training - $300
  • Student Materials - PADI:$190 UTD:$99
  • Open Water Dives - $200
  • Certification Card - $35**

*Must register in person or over the phone to get full package discount
**Prices and training vary between PADI and UTD.  Contact us for details before you enroll.
 
Additional Costs:
  • Pool Fees: $9 per session/ 3 session minimum
  • Quarry Fees: $30 to $50 per day depending on venue
  • Air Fills at Quarry: $9 to $12 per tank depending on venue
  • Students must provide mask, fins, boots, and snorkel
  • All other required equipment provided 

 

 

Pricing Considerations


We at Aquanautics know that price is always a consideration for our customers.  With that understanding we have tried to simplify our pricing and bundle together all the various components in to one price.  There are a lot of shops that offer what seems to be a much cheaper price, then once you have signed up you discover many hidden expenses that bring your final cost up.  With us there is nothing hidden.  In your small group class you will have many more hours of instructor interaction than you do in most other programs.  We encourage you to look at all the costs associated with any course you are interested in and if you have any questions on the pricing please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to providing you the highest quality training available at the best possible value.  Please see our Terms and Conditions for refund/cancellation policies.

Calendar


PADI Open Water Certification Dives

The final 4 dives required to complete the Open Water Certification.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

This course can be taken AFTER completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It's designed you expand your diving knowledge and skill set.

PADI Deep Diver

Explore deeper dive sites with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 ft. Learn to manage your gas supply, go over buddy contact procedures, and buoyancy control.

Sep 16
PADI Equipment Specialist
Sep 16
Scuba Review
Sep 17
DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider

Classes


Confined Water Training and Classroom training for Open Water students. This four day class consists of a minimum of 6 hours classroom and 6 hours of pool time.

Cost: $ 300.00
The final 4 dives required to complete the Open Water Certification.

Cost: $ 200.00
You will learn how to perform CPR, use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and become familiar with the signs and symptoms associated with heart attacks and respiratory arrest. Managing shock and controlling external bleeding are other skills covered that can help save lives.

Cost: $ 100.00
The DEMP program prepares you to address multiple problems at once and with confidence. It combines the knowledge and skills from the following four courses into a single approach to managing diving emergencies: Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid, Neurological Assessment, Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries.

This course will teach you the techniques of emergency oxygen administration for suspected diving injuries and nonfatal drowning. You will learn the fundamentals of recognizing dive-injuries along with response and management.

Cost: $ 75.00
This DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course teaches divers how to identify and avoid potentially harmful marine life. It also provides first aid skills to minimize these injuries and reduce discomfort.

Cost: $ 75.00
The DAN Neurological Assessment course focuses on how to obtain essential information about an individual involved in a dive emergency or suspected of having a stroke and what information to relay to EMS.

Cost: $ 75.00
This course can be taken AFTER completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It's designed you expand your diving knowledge and skill set.

Cost: $ 300.00
This is a class for certified divers that covers in detail current uses of back-gas breathing mixtures with an oxygen content of 32%. Breathing Nitrox allows for extended bottom times and/or a safety margin over air in depths to 100?/30m.

Cost: $ 175.00
This course will prepare you for diving in a drysuit in cold water environments.

Cost: $ 175.00
Learn to explore the underwater world at night. Experience a new and otherworldly experienece as you slip beneath the waves after dark.

Cost: $ 200.00
Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for a new discovery.

Cost: $ 225.00
Fine-tune your underwater observation skills and learn to use your compass more accurately.

Cost: $ 200.00
Retrieve lost items that have fallen overboard or over a dock. Learn effective swimming patterns and using a lift bag for heavy objects.

Cost: $ 175.00
The underwater world changes as day creatures retire & nocturnal organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, enroll in the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

Cost: $ 150.00
Explore deeper dive sites with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 ft. Learn to manage your gas supply, go over buddy contact procedures, and buoyancy control.

Cost: $ 225.00
Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often. This suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water.

Cost: $ 175.00
The most popular PADI specialty course. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

Cost: $ 125.00
Learn to manage basic scuba diving equipment repairs and adjustments. Understand routine care and maintenance procedures and how dive gear works.

Cost: $ 125.00
Observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. Improve the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevate them to the next level.

Cost: $ 175.00
Learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver. It's challenging, yet very rewarding.

Cost: $ 250.00
Has it been a while since you've been scuba diving? Do you feel like your scuba skills and knowledge are a bit rusty? The Scuba Review Tune-up is just the refresher you need. It reacquaints you with diving so that you're back to feeling comfortable in the underwater world in less than a day.

Cost: $ 135.00
This course helps you expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards. You'll gain experience scuba diving by completing two dives from a boat.

Cost: $ 200.00
Diving in altitudes higher than 300 metres/1000 feet above sea level is altitude diving. Discover a hidden world where only a few have ventured.

Cost: $ 200.00
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CONTACT US

  •                Phone
  •          410-768-2782
  •                 Email
  • info@aquanauticsllc.com
  •                Address
  • 715 E. Ordnance Rd. Suite 109 Baltimore, MD 21226
    • Hours:  NEW HOURS
    • Wed - Sat 11am to 7pm
    • Sun 1pm to 6pm
    • Monday and Tuesday - CLOSED