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$149 for an Open-Water Scuba-Certification Course ($299 Value)
In the NAUI or SDI certification course, you’ll first complete two classroom sessions, which are held on Tuesdays and the following Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; each class contains up to 10 divers. In subsequent pool lessons, held on Saturdays, you’ll get acquainted with the scuba gear and learn basic safety measures. The course culminates in four open-water dives in Lake Murray; for an additional fee, participants can take their open-water dives in Florida Springs.
Dive times vary based on availability. Students must complete their classroom sessions by Thursday, April 11, pool dives by Saturday, April 20, and open-water dives by Saturday, April 27. While students must provide their own scuba-quality mask, fins, snorkel, and dive boots, they can attend the first class before purchasing it to obtain guidance from an instructor. Packages will also be available for purchase. Click here for full class details.
Scuba John's Dive Shop
If Scuba John's Dive Shop doesn't carry the piece of diving equipment you want, they'll order it. This accommodation an example of how the staff members—which include the owners John Baker, his wife Amanda, father Mendle, and a number of scuba-diving instructors—go out of their way to make customers feel welcome. As members of the Divers Alert Network, the staff believes everyone should be able to explore underwater worlds—and that they should stay safe and avoid buying ocean-floor real estate while doing so. To that end, the store is stocked with top-flight dive equipment and accessories by brands such as Hog, Omer, Ocean Rhino, Aeris, and Edge.
All of the classes are led by an instructor and conducted to meet NAUI and SDI standards. Courses are designed for all levels, from beginner to master diver, instructors, and professionals. In specialty courses, participants learn skills required to become an enriched-air nitrox diver, deep-sea diver, search-and-recovery diver, or wreck diver. Students hone their open-water diving and dolphin-language skills in the brisk waters of Lake Murray or the warmer depths of Florida Springs.