Choose from Three Options
- $199 for a PADI open-water class, which includes certification for dives of up to 60 feet and all rental equipment except mask, fins, booties, and a snorkel ($475 value)
- $193.99 for a PADI advanced open-water class with certification ($420 value)
- $175 for a digital underwater photography course ($355 value)
Open to divers aged 10 and older, the PADI open-water class is composed of one classroom session, a five-module pool session, and four open-water dives; the course pack ($76.40) is not included.
Alternately, the advanced open-water class is open to divers aged 12 and older who have open-water certification. The course consists of one classroom session and five open-water dives, each focused on a skill, such as navigation or search and recovery. Participants must bring their own compass, dive knife and, if taking a night dive, underwater lights; the course pack ($78.80) is not included.
Taught by a photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, the digital underwater photography class showcases underwater shooting techniques for digital cameras during two classroom sessions and two open-water dives. Open to divers aged 10 and older, with open-water or open-water junior certification, the course does not include scuba equipment, underwater cameras, or the course pack (a $49.70 value).
Students can rent scuba equipment from the scuba shop for $15 per day and obtain their CPR certification there for $140. Patrons should call ahead for the flexible class schedule, which features mostly weekend sessions. For more information, see the class descriptions.
Named Miami’s best dive shop in 2012 by the Miami New Times, the PADI shop doubles as a PADI 5 Star Instructor Training Center, and hosts an array of scuba classes on arts from basic open water diving to capturing submerged ecosystems on film. Their multi-lingual staff can lead courses in English or Spanish, or guide clients of all nationalities through the shop’s gear, from makers such as O’Neill, Aqualung, Oceanic and Pinnacle. Visitors can also shop underwater photo and video equipment from Sealife, Light & Motion, and Aquatica, to avoid the hassle of borrowing cameras from fish.