Frequently Asked Questions about
the open water Diver course
What is included with the cost?
Our price includes the classroom sessions, online course code, pool dives, and your open water dives at Lake Murray for the open water diver course. The open water diver course fee also includes the rental of the BCD, tanks, weights, wetsuit, regulator system, dive computer, and air fills! Upon completion of this course there is a $29 fee for the printing and shipping of your certification card.
Do I need my own Scuba gear?
You will need to provide your own mask, fins, snorkel, and dive boots. If you opt to train in South Carolina during the winter, you will need to own a diving neoprene hood and gloves. This is considered personal gear that every student should own for and hygienic purposes and proper fit. All scuba gear should be fitted to you by a professional. All other life support gear (bcd, regs, tanks, wetsuit, computer, weights) will be provided during.
What is the course like?
In the course you will complete classroom sessions, homework with written test, pool session, and 4 open water dives minimum. The amount of training sessions required will depend on your comfort level. We work with everyone at their own pace to ensure they receive quality training and understand what they are doing.
Where is the dive shop?
'Click here for the address. Our shop is on the same property as our home. Just turn into the driveway with the big dive flag and you can't miss the scuba shop. We are an authorized dealer for the best brands in the industry and have competitive pricing on our gear. Come check us out! We have a pretty cool set-up that helps us keep overhead low. This allows us to have awesome prices and flexible schedules to meet your needs.
Is my certification recognized world-wide?
Yes. We certify through Scuba Diving International and Technical Diving International. All certifications that you receive from the dive shop is backed by world-wide accreditation for life. Check out tdisdi.com and learn about the most awesome training agency in the world.
Does the scuba certification Expire?
Your certification last for a lifetime. However, it is highly recommended that you take a refresher course if are inactive for longer than 6 months.
Do I need to know how to swim?
Yes. There is a swim test that you must past in order to receive certification. The swim test is 200 meters and there is no time limit. You must also tread water/float for 10 mins.
Where do you complete the training dives?
We train often in Lake Murray. We also have many other local dive sites that we can use. Some of those sites include Clarks hill, Jocassee, and Keowee and in the winter we use the Florida Springs about 1-2 times per month.
Where do you complete the pool session?
Generally, the pool sessions are completed at the Northwest YMCA in Irmo, SC. The pool is indoors and heated!
Should I buy my gear online?
We ask that you come to the classroom session first before making any scuba related purchases. During the classroom session we will discuss various types of diving equipment (mask, fins, bcds, regs, computers, etc). This way you can make an educated decision about the style of gear you want. We sell dive gear and have competitive pricing. We occasionally sell used gear that is inspected by the shop.