OPEN WATER IS OUR MOST POPULAR COURSE
AND AT $389 it's the best deal in town.
LEARN THE NECESSARY FUNDAMENTALS OF DIVING AND LEGALLY DIVE, PURCHASE EQUIPMENT, BUY AIR, BOARD DIVE CHARTERS, AND CONTINUE YOUR DIVING EDUCATION.
There are 3 components to our open water certification courses:
ACADEMICS - Where you learn the theory behind diving and the principles of scuba.
CONFINED WATER TRAINING - Where you practice the actual sport of scuba diving.
OPEN WATER SESSIONS - Where you demonstrate what you learned and the final step in certification! *Quarry fees are student paid
It is a LIFETIME certification. It does not expire. However, if you go long periods of time without diving, we encourage you to take a dive refresher to familiarize yourself.
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Academic classroom sessions are where you learn the basic principles of SCUBA. It is accomplished with reading material, presentations and open discussions in an environment that is comfortable and conducive to learning. Classes are generally held in the evenings, once a week, and last for four weeks. Alternative times can be arranged upon request.
You will learn:
• History of Diving
• Physical Aspects of the Diving Environment
• Physiological Aspects of Diving
• Pressure Injuries
• Physiological Considerations
• Diving Tables
• Diving Skills
Our goal is to enable you to dive as safely and comfortably as possible. We feel that this is accomplished by helping you become well educated and prepared for all aspects of SCUBA diving.
At Columbus SCUBA, Inc. (CSI) we progressively teach students the essential skills needed for successful completion of our Open Water course. This allows the student to take the necessary time required to master certain skills so they can be utilized in an Open Water environment. We do not rush our pool time. All your SCUBA equipment will be at the poolside ready for you to begin your new underwater experience.
Our confined water training locations have at least 12 ft pool depth and the equivalent of 6 lanes of swimming space. This allows the student to feel comfortable practicing equalization at depth, but within a safe environment. As equalization is a necessary and required skill, pool practice will help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable diving experience. This also prepares you for your Open Water checkout dives and helps ensure that you are more comfortable during those dives. The confined water setting is designed to allow the student to develop a strong foundation for comfort and safety.
Prior to beginning the Open Water course, students are required to perform a swimming skills test. We use this to be sure the student has the swimming capability to sustain themselves at the water surface in the unlikely event of equipment failure.
The swim test consists of the following:
• 200 yard swim (8 lengths of the swimming pool)
• 10 minute deep water tread or survival float
• 25 ft underwater swim
It is very important to us that each student feel comfortable with all the skills we cover in the confined water trainings. We provide one-on-one instruction for any student that needs additional practice. We will ensure that you have had plenty of time to practice all the skills so you are comfortable with your new sport!
The open water checkout dives are the final step to your new SCUBA certification. There are four check out dives that occur in an open body of water, such as a quarry, ocean, or lake. The dives give you the opportunity to practice the skills you learned in the confined water training. The dives also allow you to really experience what this sport is all about - Diving! Many open water certification experiences only meet the minimum requirements. We love the sport of diving and sharing this sport with others so our focus for the open water dives is to make sure you are comfortable and have fun diving.
Each diver is unique and their needs are unique. We modify our open water experiences to provide the best introduction to diving for each student. If a student requires additional one-on-one help in the open water setting, that is what we do! Our goal is to get you out and diving so you can enjoy your new sport with confidence.
Often, our students request to complete the Open Water dives with the groups they have trained with and end up forming long-time friendships. For those who plan to complete their Open Water dives in a tropical or alternate setting, Columbus SCUBA, Inc. (CSI) provides referral forms and discounts the course fees, accordingly. CSI is a member of the universal referral system and has sent divers with referral forms all around the world to successfully complete their certifications. There are no additional fees for the referral forms and we will assist you in locating an instructor or dive center wherever you may be traveling.
• IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Diving)
• PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)
• CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques)
• SEI (Scuba Educators International)
The Open Water course cost is all inclusive, and is the lowest you'll find anywhere. There are no hidden fees in our course cost. The cost includes your books, certification, equipment rental, air, dive tables, and Open Water checkout dives.
Students are required to bring their own mask, fins and snorkel since these are personal fitting items and dive boots can not be shared for hygienic reasons. We would be happy to provide you with our recommendations. In the unlikely event you don’t complete the course, we’ll buy them back. We are that sure that you’ll enjoy our course.
Open Water dives begin in the later part of May when the water and air temperatures have warmed. We utilize all of Ohio's great diving quarries for the Open Water checkout dives. There are several dates to choose from throughout the warmer months. If you choose to do your dives with another instructor, a referral letter will be provided for you.
Classes are generally held in the evenings, once a week, and last four weeks. Specific nights can be arranged upon request. Check out our class schedule page for specific dates that are planned.
Register online for group sessions or private sessions.