SSI & PADI Certifications
From your first breath underwater to the thrill of going pro, your dive training should always be an experience to remember. At ScubaVentures, our instructors are prepared to teach every comfort, experience, and age level to make your training truly unforgettable. Our goal is to meet your diving needs and help you to be safe and confident while exploring the underwater world. We are passionate about what we do and love sharing the scuba lifestyle with new and experienced divers alike.
At ScubaVentures, we offer SSI, PADI, and SDI courses at all levels, from beginner to pro, with a variety of levels and specialties in between. We are also a certified member of the Handicap Scuba Association (HSA).
(Class prices valid January-December 2021 only.)
Open Water Diver
The Open Water certification course is designed for beginners. With classes starting every 2-4 weeks, you can begin your dive training year-round.
Open Water divers are certified to safely dive to as deep as 60ft in conditions similar to those experienced during training. Minimum age is 10, though we typically recommend 12. Group training requires four academic/confined water sessions and two days of check-out dives.
- digital materials and academic work
- pool/confined water training
- two days of check-out dives
- entry fees to Blue Water Park during training
- rental equipment (beyond personal gear, see below) and air fills
- certification processing
For all levels of training, our students must have their own personal mask, fins, snorkel, and wetsuit. Students who choose to buy this gear from ScubaVentures will receive a discounted class fee of just $575.
Reduced class fees are available for students doing only pool work or only check-out dives.
Private and small-group classes are also available; call for pricing and availability.
The Advanced Adventurer course is a great way to expand your diving horizons and limits. This course is designed to introduce you to a number of different dive specialties so that you can see more of what the scuba world has to offer.
During the course, you will do sample dives from a variety of different specialties such as…
• Deep Diving
• Night & Limited Visibility
• Perfect Buoyancy
• Boat Diver
• Wreck Diver
Nitrox & Other Specialties
Enriched Air Nitrox: $175
Enriched air – or nitrox – is a great tool to help you enjoy longer and more frequent dives. Enriched air contains a higher percentage of oxygen than normal air, meaning you absorb less nitrogen as you dive. This allows for longer bottom time and shorter recovery time between dives.
Diving Specialties: $150 (unless otherwise noted)
- Boat Diving
- Computer Diving
- Deep Diving
- Equipment Techniques
- Night & Limited Visibility
- Perfect Buoyancy
- Photo & Video
- Science of Diving
- Search & Recovery
- Wreck Diving
- Full Face Mask ($250 with mask rental, $175 with own mask)
- Dry Suit Diving ($250 with suit rental, $175 with own suit)
Ecology Specialties: $100
- Coral Identification
- Fish Identification
- Manta & Ray Ecology
- Marine Ecology
- Sea Turtle Ecology
- Shark Ecology
Diver Stress & Rescue
Build confidence and gain experience as you learn how to respond to difficult and potentially dangerous dive situations. You will develop accident prevention and management skills including identifying signs of stress in others, assisting a panicked diver, and working within a team during an emergency situation.
Proof of emergency preparedness training is required for all Stress & Rescue students.
For those who are not certified in primary (CPR) and secondary (First Aid) care, we offer classes year-round for an additional fee.
The highest level of recreational diver, Master Diver is a title reserved for those with extensive training and experience in the underwater world.
The path to Master Diver starts with earning Open Water and Stress & Rescue certifications*. The class fee includes the academic work, training, and processing of 4-5 other specialty courses.
A minimum of 50 logged dives are required by the end of the training to reach Master Diver.
*If pursuing Master Diver under PADI, Advanced Open Water is also required.
Ready to go pro? Divemaster is the first level of professional diving and the first step towards becoming a scuba instructor.
In addition to knowledge and skills development, our Divemaster candidates learn through hands-on, real-world experiences. You will assist in our Open Water classes, learn to work the various stations at Blue Water Park, and see what it means to be in the business of diving.
Our Divemaster candidates learn to lead, teach, organize, and – most importantly – set a good example for students and other divers.
Sidemount diving is common practice for many wreck and cave divers; now the benefits and advantages are being discovered by more and more recreational divers.
The ease of movement without a heavy tank on your back and a new feeling of buoyancy are enticing advantages of the diving style. With easier access to cylinders and the ability to remove cylinders when necessary, it presents a more flexible and comfortable way of diving.
Public Safety Diving
PADI Public Safety Diver: $550
The PADI Public Safety Diving (PSD) course is designed to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, and hazards of PSD.
The program uses proven field techniques and meets National Fire Protection Association guidelines.
Non-divers/land support are eligible to receive the PADI PSD Surface Support Specialist certification ($350).
Advanced Public Safety Diver: $550
This course builds upon the PSD course’s foundation, expanding on the diver’s knowledge and skills in a series rescue and emergency scenarios.
The Advanced PSD course is also an introduction to law enforcement recovery diving. Divers will learn how to effectively use different search patterns and how to properly mark and collect evidence.
Underwater Criminal Investigator: $795
The Underwater Criminal Investigator course is UCI Diver’s foundation course, designed to teach the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed and survive as a true professional Underwater Criminal Investigator.
This 4-day, hands-on training program involves one day of classroom and three days of intensive open-water training, including searching for real evidence underwater.