$199 for an open-water SSI scuba-certification class ($299.99 value)
- SSI Online home study and dive log
- Rental gear for pool sessions, including tanks, buoyancy compensator, regulator, dive computer, gauges, and weights
- SSI open water certification card
$249 for an open-water SSI scuba-certification class and checkout-dive rental gear (up to $401.99 total value)
Students must supply their own mask, fins, and snorkel. Those who purchase their personal gear from Dive West will have the dive-gear rental fee for the open-water checkout dive waived (normally $102).
The staff at Dive West has two favorite scuba diving locations: their indoor heated pool and Cozumel, Mexico, where the water temperature almost always hovers between 70 and 80 degrees. Dive West's training programs encourage divers of all experience levels to graduate from the first location to the second. In addition to open water diving certification courses, the company offers digital underwater photography, stress and rescue, and other specialty classes. Students can customize their experience in just about any way, with group or private classes held on weekends or weekdays.
Once you've been certified, Dive West's travel department can send you to wondrous dive spots. Vacations to the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Belize are all on the calendar, in addition to monthly trips to Cozumel.