Learning to SCUBA dive is safe and affordable and it can expose you to an amazing underwater world.  It requires training from instructors whose main goal is your safety and enjoyment.  To ensure you are completely comfortable in the water Columbus SCUBA, Inc. (CSI) classes are performance-based. This means that you earn your certification when you demonstrate that you’ve mastered the required skills and knowledge.  An entry-level certification course takes approximately 4 class sessions and a weekend during the summer.    Classes typically take place during the evening in a small classroom setting.  Your SCUBA education will involve classroom sessions and pool sessions.  Classroom sessions provide an opportunity to learn about the history, theory, and essentials of SCUBA diving. Pool sessions allow you to practice the diving skills necessary to be a safe and well trained diver.  You will test your knowledge on a written exam and can apply your skills during training dives in a local quarry or through an open water referral. Upon completion, you will receive a certification card that identifies you as a trained diver, allowing you to rent SCUBA equipment, participate in advanced training, and explore exciting diving destinations.

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What should I do if I need more information?

Please contact us by email at info@columbusscuba.com or give us a call at (614) 353-PADI (7234).

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Why should I choose Columbus SCUBA, Inc.?

CSI is all about you!  We are in this sport to make diving achievable and fun for anyone interested.  Our primary focus is providing a high quality dive education, training, and certifications.  We are truly in this sport because we love to dive and like helping people discover how great it is.  We spend the majority of the summer weekends diving in locations around central Ohio - with past open water students - some from over 10 years ago.  Your involvement with SCUBA and our group of divers can continue for as long as you want after your Open Water course is over.  CSI has a family feel, as you can tell from our testimonials page, and we wouldn't be in SCUBA diving if it was any other way.

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Is it difficult to learn to SCUBA dive?

SCUBA diving is like anything else new in life that we try to learn — there is always a learning curve.  It is new and foreign and it is natural to have apprehensions. However, the more you experience SCUBA diving and practice the skills the more comfortable you will become.  We can help you become comfortable by using repetition and by touching on the same topics in many different ways.  What feels completely foreign to you at the beginning of the class will be fun and enjoyable by the end of the class.

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I must have to swim pretty well to learn to SCUBA dive, right?

The most important thing is to be open to a new experience.  An ability to swim is required, but it is really about being comfortable in and around water. Your first night of class will involve a 'swim test' in which you will swim 200 yards.  You will also tread water for 10 minutes.  If you would like to take some swimming lessons first — just let us know.

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How do I get started?

To begin a certification course, you first must contact a CSI Diving instructor.  You can use the contact page or send an email to info@columbusscuba.com. The instructor will give you all the information on class schedules, costs, necessary materials and equipment, class location, etc.

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Where can I find equipment prices?

Our primary goal is teaching, not selling gear.  We know SCUBA equipment can be costly, but you shouldn't have to go broke in order to get wet.  CSI is committed to helping SCUBA divers get access to reasonable prices for gear and equipment.  You can stop by our store at 4680 Indianola Ave Columbus, Ohio 43214, email us at info@columbusscuba.com or give us a call at (614) 500-PADI (7234). We will be happy to help you.  You will not find lower prices for equipment anywhere. Remember - our sole purpose for becoming authorized equipment dealers is so we can equip our students in the best gear for the best price possible.  You are welcome and encouraged to compare our prices with any other store, physical or online.

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What equipment will I need to begin a course?

We ask that all students purchase their own mask, fins and snorkels, as these are personal fitting items. This can be completed after the first class at any location you choose. We do offer significantly discounted student packages. Your instructor will explain the benefits and features of the equipment you will need on the first day of class. This will help you make decisions about what you'll need and how much you should spend without going overboard. In the unlikely event you don’t complete the course, we’ll buy back your equipment. We are that sure that you’ll enjoy our course.

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How much does an Open Water certification course cost?

Please check our Open Water Certification page for more information about the cost and what is included.

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How old must I be to earn a Diving certification?

We offer junior SCUBA certifications. You must be at least ten years old to receive a Junior Open Water Diver certification.Ten and eleven-year-old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI Professional and are eligible to dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.Twelve to fourteen-year-olds must dive with a certified adult. At age fifteen, the diver may upgrade to a regular PADI Open Water Diver certification without further training.