Choose from Three Options
- $99 for a Discover Scuba or scuba-review course ($150 value)
- $99 for a Project AWARE course ($200 value)
- $99 for an AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course ($200 value)
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Discover Scuba classes allow scuba newcomers to taste the underwater world by diving in a pool or pool-like conditions under the supervision of a PADI-certified divemaster or instructor. Alternatively, scuba-review courses let certified divers brush up on their skills.
Project AWARE courses, on the other hand, aim to amp up students’ knowledge, helping them identify fish or sharks, or, as in the Coral Reef Conservation course, teaching them about underwater ecosystems and how they can help them. For divers who are already certified, the AWARE courses count as specialty certifications. Divers who receive five such certifications become Master Divers, the highest rating in recreational diving.
Scuba divers glide amid the underwater wreckage just off the coast of Charleston. They flit through gaps in decommissioned military APCs, a deck-boat, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, all encrusted with starfish and barnacles. Other fish may join them as they drift around the debris of an old wooden schooner, float over a massive natural limestone ledge, or paddle around vacation spots.
These are just some of the sites Lowcountry Scuba visits on its dive charters through the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Before Lowcountry's customers can reach this step, however, they must train under one of the dive shop's PADI-certified scuba instructors. The center introduces students to the scuba-diving craft through Discover Scuba classes, hands-on sessions held in the pool or in the calm waters of a private lake with a strict no-sea-serpent policy. Instructors also teach to PADI standards with classes ranging from open-water diver certification to specialty classes in nitrox-enriched air and rescue diving.
Meanwhile, dive-shop staff outfit customers for excursions. These knowledgeable technicians can field questions about nearly any item, and supply equipment not only for diving but for spearfishing and lobstering as well.