Scuba - Beginning

Welcome to the PADI Open Water Certification Class. This is your first step in what we hope will be a long and exciting association with SCUBA Diving.

This half-semester course consists of Orientation, five in-class Modules, five in-pool dives, written final exam, and an Open Water Weekend. A complete schedule will be available at Orientation. Please note that class/pool sessions may not necessarily be held twice a week. Please note that class start and end times may sometimes vary.

All classes must be completed in sequence. If you miss a class, it must be made up before the following class meeting.

Please bring a swimming suit and towel to all pool sessions. 

We depart for the Open Water Weekend at 2 pm on Friday, and return to campus Sunday approximately 6 pm.

General Information

SCUBA courses are conducted in accordance with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification program; PADI's program is the most widely-recognized and respected diving certification in the world.

PADI-certified staff members from HydroSports Dive and Travel conduct all classroom, confined water and open water sessions.

Please note the following:

  • The required program fee is $600 each half-semester course.
  • The program fee is automatically charged to your student account upon registration.
  • There is no refund of any or all of the program fee after the first class session.
  • Both Beginning and Advanced courses are half-semester courses only; consult the Office of the Registrar course schedule for more information.
  • Each student must complete a Medical Statement. Some students may have to seek the advise of a physician prior to engaging in dive activities.
  • Students are encouraged to review the Activity Course Policies and Regulations.

Program Benefits
The $600 program fee includes the following benefits:

Students will be provided with:

  • Mask, snorkel, and fins ($250 value)
  • Open Water Diver Manual, or Advanced Open Water Diver Manual, log book pages and Recreational Dive Planner.
  • Free six-month subscription to Dive Training Magazine.
  • Student Diver Accident Insurance ($25,000 limit)
  • PADI Open Water Certification Card (Beginning) upon successful completion of the class.
  • Meals, transportation, lodging, beach fees and air fills on the scheduled Open Water Training Weekend, held in Hoodsport Washington.

All Rental SCUBA Equipment required for the class will be provided, including:

  • Boots
  • Buoyancy Compensating Device (BCD)
  • Regulator with complete Console, power inflator hose and Alternate Air Source
  • Tanks and Air
  • Pool Wet suit if needed
  • Pool Weight Belt
  • Open Water Wet suit
  • Open Water Weight belt
  • Gear box
  • Gloves and Hood
  • any other equipment necessary to meet safety and training standards