PADI Open Water Diver Course
Learning to dive with The Great American Diving Company is a unique and exciting experience.
Why choose to learn to dive with us?
As the St. Louis areas oldest PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center we are able to offer you a unique and exceptional experience.
We have certified over 15,000 divers and our experience shows
We are the ONLY dive shop in the area with our own pool and training center. Because of that, your class is easy and convenient. All class & pool sessions are held at our AquaCenter, eliminating the hassle of traveling between locations and transporting gear. Everything is in one convenient location - classrooms, pool and gear. The AquaCenter provides a distraction free, family friendly environment unlike other pools with noisy and disruptive aquatic activities.
$199 / person includes all class & pool instruction, use of scuba rental equipment in the pool (not including personal scuba quality equipment - mask, snorkel, fins, boots or wetsuit) and all completion paperwork.
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Each student is required to have a personal set of materials ($135 / set for traditional classroom students which includes student textbook, logbook, 2 disc DVD, SMB, equipment rebate coupon for $100) OR eLearning / touch materials ($252 / set for eLearning / touch access code, logbook, SMB, dive computer simulator access code, Online PIC certification card, equipment rebate coupon $100). Materials must be purchased from one of our retail stores.
Each student is required to have their own personal scuba quality equipment including mask, snorkel, fins & boots (if necessary based on fin selection). Personal wetsuits for pool use are highly recommended. Each of our student material packages includes a $100 rebate coupon when you purchase at least 4 of the 5 items (mask, snorkel, fins, boots & wetsuit). If you purchase your equipment elsewhere please bring it into one of our retail stores when you enroll to ensure that it fits properly and is scuba quality. Personal equipment that is not scuba quality or does not fit properly will not be permitted in class for safety reasons.
To finish your certification each student must complete 4 open water training dives with an instructor. We offer these dives from March through early November for $100. This includes all 4 dives, scuba equipment rental for the weekend, admission to the dive site, air fills for the certification dives and certification fees. Travel & overnight accommodations not included. You can also complete these dives on your vacation. This option is called a "Referral" and we are happy to provide our students with their necessary paperwork at no charge.
Classes are scheduled year round either two nights a week for two weeks or over one weekend. Classroom sessions will review the information you have already read and allow time to take the quizzes and final exam. Or, reduce the time it takes to complete the classroom portion with the eLearning option which reduces the amount of in classroom time. You must be at least 10 years old at the start of class.
2015 Schedule(Updated 22 October 2015)
Getting started is easy - call or stop by and sign up today. You can begin your class today!
Be sure to take advantage of our Drysuit Option! Drysuits keep you warm and toasty when the water's chilly. There's no reason not to enjoy your open water dives as much as possible. Drysuit divers dive more, enjoy their dives more and are warmer after the dive.
Do all your training dives using a modern dry suit system and become dry suit certified the same weekend you do your Open Water Diver certification dives. It's only $135 / person (that's a $20 savings over doing the Drysuit Diver course later) and includes a drysuit orientation session, one pool dive with the drysuit, use of the drysuit on all your open water dives and one additional open water dive. Plus you'll be one step closer to finishing your Advanced Open Water course and earning your Master Scuba Diver!
Time is a precious thing these days and we never have more! Rest assured that we DO NOT cancel classes - EVER! If you sign up for one of our courses we guarantee that it will happen - no need to worry about it being canceled. In return we ask that you confirm your class dates work for you before you sign up. Cancellations on your part are honored only in the case of medical emergencies.
* eLearning courses are valid for 12 months from time of registration.