Learning to dive with The Great American Diving Company is a unique and exciting experience.

Through our professional staff and a combination of at home study, pool instruction in our private pool and open water dives (with us or on your vacation) you will learn to become a safe and comfortable diver.

Why choose to learn to dive with us?

As the St. Louis area’s oldest PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, we are able to offer you a unique and exceptional experience.

We have trained over 18,000 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, convenient and we can provide a clean and disinfected facility. All class and 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 and residents.

Pre Requisites

10 years old
Comfortable swim ability

HOW DO I GET CERTIFIED? 

STEP ONE: GET SMART

$199

Prior to attending your class, you will need to complete some home study. The preferred option is using the PADI eLearning class which allows you to start learning without even coming into the store. With eLearning you will read the material and watch the related videos online as well as complete all quizzes and exam in the convenience of your own home at your own pace. You will also be able to skip the classroom sessions reducing your time in class. We also offer the materials in a printed format with a streaming video for those individuals who prefer more in person contact time with the instructor.

Call us to start your learning. We can email your eLearning code directly to you. Of course you are welcome to visit our store and get your eLearning code or pick up your printed materials (for in class learners) if you choose that option.

Private classes are also available, please call us for additional information

STEP TWO: GET WET

$199

We offer both weeknight and weekend classes to meet your busy schedule. Weeknight classes are 2 evenings (for elearners) or 4 evenings (for in class learners). Weekend classes are 2 afternoons (Saturday & Sunday for eLearners) or 2 full days (Saturday & Sunday for in class learners). A complete schedule is listed below.

STEP THREE: GO DIVE

$140

To complete your certification you will do 4 open water dives with an instructor. This can be done with one of our instructors at our affiliate dive site near Metropolis, IL or on vacation with another operation. The latter option is called a “referral.” When choosing the “referral” option, consult the destination operation for scheduling and fees. Our open weekends include admission to the dive site, rental scuba gear (excluding mask, snorkel, fins and boots), certification fees and air fills (travel, meals and overnight accommodations not included).

PERSONAL GEAR

Each student is required to have their own personal gear which includes a mask, snorkel, fins & boots. When your purchase your 4 items from us, you’ll receive an instant $100 rebate on the gear. Properly fitting gear is important for your safety. Borrowed gear or gear purchased elsewhere may not fit properly as is subject to our determination of its appropriateness.

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Upgrades to your Open Water certification dives

Drysuit Diver: Stay warm and dry when you complete your Open Water dives in a drysuit. Each student completes an additional class and pool session, one additional open water dive and will be able to use their rental drysuit on their open water dives. This option is $185 / person and includes all instruction, materials certification and the rental drysuit.

Peak Performance Buoyancy: Float effortlessly, drifting over reefs or exploring the underwater treasures at Mermet Springs. Build on the buoyancy skills you have developed in the Open Water class by completing two additional dives for Peak Performance Buoyancy class after your Open Water dives. This option is $75 / person and includes all instruction, materials and certification.

Time is a precious thing these days and we never have enough. Rest assured that we DO NOT cancel classes. If you sign up for one of our courses it will happen – no need to worry about it being canceled. In return we ask that you confirm that your class dates work for you before you sign up. Cancellations on your part are honored only in the case of documented medical emergencies.

2021 Schedule

Classroom
Printed Materials Students Only
TGADC AquaCenter
6:30pm - 10:30pm
Pool Dives
All Stduents
TGADC AquaCenter
6:30pm - 10:30pm
 
January 11 &13January 18 & 20Mon & Wed Evening
February 2 & 4February 9 & 11Tues & Thur Evening
February 22, 24March 1 & 3Mon & Wed Evening
March 16 & 18March 23 & 25Tue & Thu Evening
April 5 & 7April 12 & 14Mon & Wed Evening
April 27 & 29May 4 & 6Tue & Thu Evening
May 17 & 19May 24 & 26Mon & Wed Evening
June 8 & 10June 15 & 17Tue & Thu Evening
June 29 & July 1July 6 & 8Tues & Thur Evening
July 19 & 21July 26 & 28Mon & Wed Eveing
August 10 & 12August 17 & 19Tues & Thur Eveing
August 31 & September 2September 7 & 9Tues & Thur Evening
September 20 & 22September 27 & 29Mon & Wed Evening
October 12 & 14October 19 & 21Tues & Thur Evening
November 1 & 3November 8 & 10Mon & Wed Evening
November 30 & December 2December 7 & 9Tues & Thur Evening

Weekend Classes

Best Option ---> eLearning students 12:30pm - 6:00pm

Printed Materials Option 9:00am - 6:00pm

TGADC AquaCenter
January 16 & 17
January 30 & 31
February 20 & 21
March 6 & 7
March 20 & 21
April 10 & 11
April 24 & 25
May 15 & 16
May 22 & 23
June 5 & 6
June 12 & 13
June 26 & 27
July 10 & 11
July 17 & 18
July 31 & August 1
August 7 & 8
August 21 & 22
August 28 & 29
September 11 & 12
September 18 & 19
October 2 & 3
October 9 & 10
October 23 & 24
November 6 & 7
November 20 & 21
December 4 & 5

Certification Dives
Mermet Springs, IL
8:30am - 5:00pm
April 10 & 11
April 24 & 25
May 1 & 2
May 15 & 16
May 22 & 23
June 5 & 6
June 26 & 27
July 10 & 11
July 24 & 25
August 7 & 8
August 21 & 22
August 28 & 29
September 11 & 12
September 25 & 26
October 9 & 10
October 23 & 24
November 6 & 7