+1 703.619.1500

FAQS Frequently Asked Questions

We offer Scuba Diving certification through the PADI Open Water Diver Course. The course is completed in three steps:
1. Developing dive knowledge through E-Learning.
2. Confined Water Scuba skills training in a local pool.
3. Four Open Water Dives to review scuba skills. 

Yes! We offer Discover Scuba Diving courses where you can experience using Scuba equipment and breathing underwater before committing to a full course.  If after completing the Discover Scuba Course you decide you are ready for the full certification the cost of Discover Scuba Diving course will be deducted from the cost of the Open Water Course

Typically it takes one weekend to complete the classroom and pool sessions. The four certification dives take two additional days to complete. We also offer Hybrid Courses which allows you to complete all the requirements for the Open Water Certification course in one weekend. 

As a Certified PADI Open Water Diver, you are trained and qualified to conduct dives with a buddy in open water to 60 feet.

  • Discover Scuba Diving: $89 (includes all gear)
  • Open Water Certification Class and Pool: $400 (includes E-Learning cost, knowledge development, pool sessions, and all gear except personal)
  • Open Water Certification Dives: $375 (includes 4 dives, entry fees, air fills, and gear other than personal)
  • Hybrid Course: $795 (includes E-Learning cost, entries to Lake Phoenix, air fills, and all gear except personal)
  • Advanced Open Water: $405 (includes instruction, book or E-Learning cost, airfills, and 2 days of entry to Lake Phoenix)
  • Scuba Review: $89
We offer the ability to sign up for courses in a variety of way:
  • Visit our online store
  • Follow the shopping cart link on the course page
  • Give us a call (703.619.1500)
  • Send us an email
  • Stop by our store 

Typically Open Water Certification takes two weekends to complete. Our hybrid course utilizes E-learning and the convenience of Lake Phoenix to allow students to complete the entire Open Water Certification in one 3-day weekend. Because the both the confined and open water portions of the this class take place in Lake Phoenix students should be very comfortable in the water.

The PADI Open Water Diver Course online will take approximately 12-15 hours to complete. Please ensure you budget ample time to complete the E-Learning portion of the course before the first day of classes.

Not at all. We ask that you be comfortable in the water, be able to swim 200 yards without stopping (using any stroke) and tread water or float in place for 10 minutes.   

Most Scuba Diving Courses require that a Medical Statement be completed by the participant before the start of the course. If there are any questions that you have answered YES to then you will be required to obtain a release from a physician prior to beginning a course.  

For the Open Water Certification course we provide the regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), wetsuit, scuba cylinder, and weights. We do ask that all students provide their own personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins, and boots). We offer all for purchase with discounted student gear packages starting at $170. It is  possible to rent personal gear, though to ensure the most comfortable fit we recommend that each student purchases their own.

Rescheduling: If you need to reschedule your class, please give us at least 14 day's notice before class meets. There is a $50 fee for reschedules within 7-14 days of course start, $100 fee for reschedules within 7 days of course start.

Cancelations: The fee for cancellations at least 14 days before the course begins is $200. Within 7-14 days of course start the fee is $300 ($400 for Hybrid Course) and there are no refunds within 7 days of course start.

Your certification card has no expiration date.  It is, however, recommended that you stay proficient in regards to your scuba skills.  If it has been awhile since your last dive it would be prudent to take a Scuba Review Course to refresh both your scuba knowledge and skills.

If you feel that you would benefit from additional time in the pool there is a $40 fee for additional sessions.

In order to complete your Open Water Certification you must complete four dives in an open water environment (I.E. Lake or Ocean). We offer two ways to complete your Open Water Certification dives with us: Locally at Lake Phoenix in Rawlings, Virginia or on one of our store sponsored trips. All of our trips are led by an Instructor and are great places to finish up training or to complete additional certifications such as: Photography, Fish ID, Wreck, Deep, etc. If you already have a trip planned and would like to complete your certification dives while traveling we can provide you with a referral form which will allow you to finish your certification at any PADI resort or retailer. 

Because PADI only allows three training dives per day, at least two days are required to complete your certification.  By completing the certification locally you won’t be spending your first two days of your dive trip on training dives.  You can relax on your dive trip and enjoy all your dives as a certified diver.

When we are lucky, we get to see sharks. While rarely incidents with sharks can occur, they primarily involve spear fishing or feeding the sharks, which can trigger feeding behavior. The majority of the time the shark is just passing through and is a exciting site to behold. 

The limit for recreational diving (with the proper training and experience) is 130 feet. The Open Water Certification Course certifies you to dive to 60 feet. Advanced Open Water certifies you up to 100 feet with addtional deep water training necessary to dive beyond 100 feet.  While these are the limits of depth, some of the most popular diving is in the 40-50 foot range where the water is warmer and the colors are brighter. 

Send us an email or give us a call (703.619.1500), we are happy to help!