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Scuba Lessons

Explore the Underwater World

If you’ve always wanted to take SCUBA diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure, and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Begin your adventure into scuba diving right here at RecWell with the PADI Open Water SCUBA Course! Learn skills to help you explore our underwater world – see historic shipwrecks, swim with sea turtles, and view all the colors of coral reefs.  We offer several course to meet your needs, from basic scuba certifications to your advanced scuba certifiactions. 

Begin your adventure into scuba diving. In the pool you will learn and master many different dive skills and techniques. We keep our numbers small for our pool sessions to give you the best attention we can. Each class consists of 2 classroom sessions and 2 pool sessions. The required swim test to participate in the class consists of a 10-minute float, and a 200-yard swim, or a 300-yard mask, snorkel, and fin swim. The swim test is not timed. This allows you to learn at a comfortable pace and to have plenty of time to play around after skills.

While this is not a certification course, it is the first step in the process to becoming certified. To complete your certification, you must complete the open water certification dives.

Cost: $350*- UMD Students/ RecWell Members, $420* - Community Members

*This does not include fees for the open water certification dives. 

Congratulations on completing the pool and online session of your Open Water Class!

Now it’s time to complete your certification dives. This will be four dives done over the course of two days at one of the local quarries. In these four dives, you will demonstrate mastery of the skills learned in the pool in an open water setting, be involved in dive planning, practice equalizing your ears and practice different methods of safe entries and exits.

  • Prerequisites: Must have completed the Open Water Pool portion and the online learning.
  • Equipment Needed/Provided: You will need to bring with you a bathing suit, towel, mask, snorkel, fins, and boots. All other dive equipment will be provided. 
  • Paperwork: If you are coming from another dive facility or haven’t been in the water in over a year, you will need to fill out all new paperwork which will be sent to you.
  • Schedule: Meet at the Quarry Saturday morning. The Quarry is approximately three hours so plan to stay overnight. The quarries do have camping and there are hotels nearby that we can recommend. We will finish the dives late Sunday afternoon.
  • Cost: $250*

*This does not include entrance fees into the Quarries (around $30/day.)

Exploration, excitement, and experiences are what scuba diving is all about. The Advanced Open Water Diver course is designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives, there are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you and your instructor choose the other three based on your interests, for a total of five dives. 

  1. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving.
  2. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
  3. The other knowledge and skills you get to vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

Please review the following details prior to your course:

  • Equipment Needed: You will need your own mask, snorkel, fins, and boots. All other gear will be provided.
  • Paperwork: If you are coming from another dive facility or haven’t been in the water in over a year, you will need to fill out all the new paperwork which will be sent to you.
  • Schedule: Meet at the Quarry Saturday morning. The Quarry is approximately three hours so plan to stay overnight. The quarries do have camping and there are hotels nearby that we can recommend. We will finish the dives late Sunday afternoon.
  • Cost: $250*

*This does not include entrance fees into the Quarries (around $30/day.)

  • The minimum age to take all SCUBA courses is 10 years old. 
  • Please complete the Required Paperwork and bring with you to your first lesson. 
  • Make sure that when you fill out the dates on the forms, you write it as DAY/MONTH/YEAR.
  • On the Medical Statement, you must answer YES or NO on each line. If you have a YES, you must have a doctor sign off on your medical before you are allowed into the water.
  • Refresher Course Only: Certified as a PADI (junior) Scuba Diver or Entry-level diver certification from another training organization (with a minimum of four (4) open water training dives)
  • Once you register for a class, you will recievea link for online training that must be completed prior to the first class date. The online learning is PADI Open Water Diver elearning.
  1. Log In, or Create an Account (new users only)
  2. Select Program Registration.
  3. Select Aquatics.
  4. Find the appropriate class, and select View Programs.
  5. Add the class to your cart. Please make sure the correct person is being enrolled in the class. 
  6. Select Continue Shopping or Continue to Cart.
  7. Ensure the correct person is enrolled in the correct class. Input payment information. Select Submit Payment.
  8. Print and sign the waiver and bring it with you to class. We will also have copies on site for your convenience.

For your pool sessions you will need to bring a bathing suit and towel. We will provide all equipment for your pool session. It is highly recommended that you purchase a mask, fins, snorkel, and possibly dive boots (depending on the fins you have).

For the refresher class only, you will also need BCD, regulator, and a dive computer or timing device. You will need those items for your certification dives, and practicing in the pool is the best place to do this. We can recommend dive shops in the area where you can purchase these items.

 


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Stephanie Draminski

Assistant Director, Aquatics & Safety
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