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$279 for a Diver-Certification Class with Gear Rental ($575 Value)
The open-water certification course prepares divers for underwater explorations across four academic sessions, at least four confined-water practices, and seven open-water dives. Inside the classroom, future divers learn essential skills for diving, including how to prepare their equipment and how to navigate potentially dangerous situations. The confined-water sessions give divers a chance to test their classroom-taught skills in a safe environment. As the classes edge toward the finish line, divers take part in a series of open-water dives with their teachers that culminates with a certification test. All life-support equipment is provided for each class, and students receive their own scuba-quality mask and snorkel to keep. Click here for the upcoming 2013 schedule.
Silent World Diving Systems
Craig Willemsen wears a lot of hats at Silent World Diving Systems. The instructor certifier, tech instructor, and store owner has spent the last 40 years swimming with schools of fish all over the world. After his first trip in 1972, Craig developed a passion for diving, exploring international waters and teaching others advanced techniques that they use to follow in his flippersteps. With more than 6,000 dives under his belt, his dedication to diving and education has earned him one of the highest SSI instructor ratings and the SSI Platinum Pro 5,000 Diver and Instructor Award.
Craig leads Silent World's team of certified instructors who strive to teach students the art of underwater exploration and also broaden their knowledge on a variety of related subjects. At any given moment, they may be leading students in open-water dives, pointing out local diving sites that match their skill levels, or matching newcomers with the right gear and Zodiac-themed wetsuits.