Frequently asked questions

Do I have to be a good swimmer?

Since swimming underwater requires different techniques and movements than swimming on the surface, it is not necessary to be a great swimmer. Underwater, your buoyancy control device and fins do most of the work for you. It is necessary, however, to know how to swim (or snorkel) and how to stay afloat in the water. You have to be able to swim freestyle for 200 yards with no time limit and be able to float or tread water for 10 minutes.

How long does it take to learn scuba diving?

The PADI Open Water course involves an evening or two of classroom, two days of skill training in one of our local pools, and a weekend of open water training at White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio. We are able to split the classroom and weekend sessions up based on your busy schedule. We know that life can get in the way and we want to make your scuba classes convenient for you.

How much does it cost to get certified?

Most scuba centers require you to buy your mask, fins, and snorkel prior to beginning your Open Water course. We have found that many new divers, once certified, wish that they had bought something different after gaining some experience diving. Therefore, we include a mask, fin, and snorkel set with the rest of your scuba gear for your Open Water course so that you have the opportunity to try this equipment. This will give you the chance to make a more informed judgment when purchasing your own gear.
The total cost for a PADI Open Water certification is $522 for the classroom option and $592 for the eLearning option. Classroom option includes:

  • Classroom and pool sessions- extra fees
  • PADI crew pak ( PADI Open Water textbook, Student record file, Electronic Recreational Dive Planner(eRDPml), and Log Book- extra fees
  • Certification card- extra fees
  • Open water check-out dives at White Star Quarry- $165
  • Quarry fees- $40
  • All air fills at the quarry for your Open Water dives- $32
eLearning option includes:
  • Pool sessions- extra fees
  • PADI revised Open Water kit for elearners (Student record file, eRDPml, and Log Book)- extra fees
  • Certification card- Included with eLearning course
  • Open Water check-out dives at White Star Quarry- extra fees
  • Quarry fees- $40
  • All air fills at the quarry for your Open Water dives- $32
  • All dive equipment is included in the PADI Open Water course

How old do I have to be to be certified?

Anyone who is in good health and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. If you are 8 years old, you may participate in a Bubblemakers program, but 10 is the minimum age for classes. If you are between 10 and 14, or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.
A PADI Junior Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 12 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 40 feet.