$179 for a PADI open-water scuba certification package ($649 value)
- Four days of equipment rentals, including wetsuit, hood, BCD, tanks, weights, and regulators
- Four ocean dives
- 30+ hours of instruction
- Eight hours of pool time
- Eight tank fills
- Instructional DVD rental
This package does not include snorkeling equipment. Students are required to purchase the open-water instruction manual ($80) and sea card ($35). Students receive a 15% discount in the store.
Aquarius Dive Shop
Aquarius Dive Shop has been a place for aspiring scuba divers to shop, train, and earn certifications for years, as current owner James Vincent knows all too well. He got his own Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Rescue Diver certifications through the shop before he owned it. The training actually put James on the path to becoming a PADI Dive Master, and he now leads open-water excursions of his own.
So why did James buy the place that trained him? Well, he wanted to help provide ever-richer opportunities for new divers to learn in a safe, controlled environment. Today, James has two other expert divers on his teaching team, each with their own specialties and favorite color of sea anemone. Bruce Sawyer, a true veteran of the submariner's world, boasts more than 2,000 dives at locations around the world. Brandon Bianchi, on the other hand, provides life-saving training as an Emergency First Response Instructor.