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Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI)
PADI Certified Classes

  • Open Water
    The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the entry level course which will provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to safely visit the underwater world. Oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and quarries hold submerged habitats that will capture your interest and imagination for a lifetime. At Aqua Center, your instructor will prepare you for the excitement of scuba diving activities in our area and beyond. PADI certification is recognized worldwide, and is valid for life.

    The course consists of three parts:
    • On-line academics;
    • Up to three (3) confined water/pool sessions; and
    • Four (4) certification dives conducted over two (2) days.

    Course fees are as follows:
    • On-line academic - $195 paid directly on-line to PADI. Includes all academic materials [do the reading, watch the videos, take the chapter quizzes, and final exam on-line at your own pace, anytime, anywhere up to one (1) year from the date of purchase], as well as the fee for your certification card.
    • Maximum of three (3) confined water/pool sessions - $225 paid directly to Aqua Center. Students must successfully complete the on-line academics before proceeding with the sessions.
    • Four (4) certification dives conducted over two (2) days - $170 paid directly to Aqua Center. Students must successfully complete the confined water/pool sessions before proceeding with the certifications dives.**

    The course fees for the confined water/pool sessions and the certification dives include all instructor fees, pool fees, and use of scuba equipment (except mask, snorkel, boots and fins). Students are required to provide their own mask, snorkel, boots and fins, as well as the E-learning Crewpak [dive logbook, student record file, and Recreational Dive Planner (RDP)]. Registered students of the Aqua Center receive a 10% merchandise discount on items purchased at the Aqua Center.

    Class size is limited to eight (8) students. Although once-a-month confined water/pool sessions and certification dives are published, other dates are generally available so we can customize a class to met even the most hectic schedule.

    Private one-on-one instruction is available for an additional fee: $50 for the confined water/pool sessions and $75 for the certification dives.

    Students must be at least 10 years of age, able to swim, and in relatively good health.

    Contact us today to start your adventure!

    **Students wishing to complete their certification dives at a vacation destination may do so and will pay the going rate at their dive destination. Aqua Center will provide the necessary referral documentation at no charge.
  • Advanced Open Water
    This course provides divers with a structured means to explore special diving interests and gain dive experience. This is often the first step novice divers take after their initial certification.

    One (1) classroom session and five (5) dives completed over two (2) days. Underwater Navigation and Deep Dives are required; the Instructor and Student(s) agree on the three (3) optional/elective dives (typically Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search and Recovery, and Wreck).

    Students must supply (own or rent) all scuba diving equipment, including an appropriate exposure suit for local diving. Students are also required to have a writing slate, underwater dive light, and a compass.

    Course fee:
    • $285 plus Materials (Advanced Open Water Manual with slate $59.95 and Certification Card $45.95)

    • PADI Open Water certification or equivalent. Minimum age: 12 years of age (12-14 years of age are eligible for Junior Advanced Open Water Certification)
  • Rescue Diver
    Prerequisite: PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent plus PADI Medic First Aid or Emergency First Response or equivalent. Minimum age: 12 years of age. (12-14 year olds are eligible for Junior Rescue Diver certification)

    Rescue Diver is an important and crucial step in expanding a diver's knowledge and experience beyond a purely recreational level. Rescue divers learn to look beyond themselves to consider the safety and well-being of others. PADI Rescue Diver is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership training (Divemaster, Asst. Instructor, Instructor).

    Three (3) classroom sessions one (1) pool session and two (2) days of diving.

    Student must supply all scuba equipment and appropriate exposure suit for local diving.
  • Dive Master
    As the entry to professional levels in diver training, the PADI Divemaster course plays a pivotal role within the PADI System of diver education. Those who join the PADI Divemaster ranks assist the instructors with training student divers. They supervise diving activities for certified divers, snorkelers, and skin divers. These entry-level professionals can strongly influence the safety and fun divers enjoy during training and diving. Many PADI Divemasters are looking ahead, gaining professional experience they will apply as PADI Assistant Instructors and Open Water Scuba Instructors.

    The PADI Divemaster course teaches individuals the characteristics necessary to achieve this rating including:

    • Exemplary diving skills. The PADI Divemaster's skills can be used as demonstrations for student divers.
    • Rescue skill. The PADI Divemaster can prevent and manage accidents, and role-model rescue skills for divers in training.
    • Professional-level knowledge of dive theory. Depth of theoretical knowledge goes hand-in-hand with expertise and professionalism.
    • Competence as a certified assistant. PADI Divemasters know how to support instruction by handling logistical, supervisory, and limited educational duties under an instructor's supervision.
    • Dive management and supervision abilities. PADI Divemasters accept appropriate, limited responsibility for certified divers within the context of leading or managing diving activities. This requires good people skills and good judgment along with a strong working knowledge of dive environments and activities. The PADI Divemaster assists the dive operation with risk management.
    • Ethical role model behavior. PADI Divemasters are expected to display common honesty and courtesy, and follow accepted responsible dive practices.
    • Enthusiasm and fun. People learn to dive for the excitement, adventure, and challenge–or, broadly, for fun. They look to PADI Divemasters to assist them in having fun within their interests and skill levels.
  • Master Scuba Diver
    The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest nonprofessional rating in the PADI system; it is a diver classification that denotes superior achievement.

    To attain this rating a diver must be:
    • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or hold qualifying certifications from another organization)
    • Show proof of 50 logged dives
    • Must hold certifications in any five PADI Speciality courses
  • Snorkeling Experience
    If snorkeling doesn’t require formal training, why should you take a snorkeling class?

    Spending an hour in the pool with one of our instructors will teach you how snorkeling equipment is supposed to fit, how to clear out your snorkel and mask how to kick with the greatest efficiency and comfort, and how to do a surface dive. The confidence you acquire during your PADI Snorkeling Experience will make your first plunge into the ocean one of the highlights of your vacation!

    One (1) pool session. Sessions are scheduled on an “as needed” basis.

    It is highly recommended, but not essential, that you have your own snorkeling equipment.

    Course fee:
    • $75 (includes instructor and pool fees, and use of all necessary equipment)
  • Discover Scuba Diving
    The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting individuals try it for themselves. Under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment.

    One (1) pool session. Sessions are scheduled on an “as needed” basis.

    Aqua Center will provide all equipment needed, with the exception of a swimsuit and towel.

    Course fee:
    • $75 (includes instructor and pool fees, and use of all necessary equipment) plus Discover Scuba Diving Manual $11.95
    Minimum age: 10 years of age.
  • PADI ReActivate
    If you’ve been out of diving for more than five (5) years, PADI recommends you update your skills before diving again. The PADI ReActivate program is a comprehensive academic and in-water skill review of everything you learned in your Open Water class:
    • Safe Diving Practices
    • Dive Planning
    • Problem Management
    • Gear Assembly
    • And much more!

    The course consists of two parts:
    • On-line academics (takes about 1 to 1-1/2 hours to complete)
    • One (1) pool session

    Course fee:
    • On-line academic - $62 paid on-line directly to PADI. Includes all academic materials, as well as the fee for an updated certification card.
    • Pool session - $75 (includes instructor and pool fees, and use of a tank and weights)

    Students must supply all scuba diving equipment except tank and weights. Rentals are available at 40% off the regular daily rental rate.
  • Scuba Pool Review
    Scuba skills a bit rusty? And you don’t want to look foolish on the dive boat on your vacation?

    We’ve got the solution: Call us and schedule a Scuba Pool Review before your next trip. One of our PADI professional staff members will accompany you to the pool for a gear assembly refresher and spend an hour refreshing your dive skills.

    Review your skills before you go so you can relax and enjoy those vacation dives!

    One (1) pool session. Sessions are scheduled on an “as needed” basis.

    Course fee: $75 (includes instructor and pool fees, and use of a tank and weights)

    Students must supply all scuba diving equipment except tank and weights. Rentals are available at 40% off the regular daily rental rate.