South Beach Divers
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PADI Open Water Diver Class – Family Special

Class Description

The Open Water class is a perfect for some quality family fun. Put down those devises and spend three days learning all the basics of scuba diving and get to make 4 open water dives. We offer wreck and reef diving in Miami as well as reef diving in the John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary in Key Largo. Your scuba gear, materials,pool session, 4 open water dives transportation and your certification card are all included in this greatly discounted family package. I have young kids so I know how group activities can add up quick!

Here’s how it works:

Step 1:
Call the dive center to coordinate the schedule. We will then then post it on our class calendar for you to book it online.(and save an extra 5%)

Step 2:
Read the book, complete the chapter reviews and then watch the DVD together. We can ship these items to you or you can pick them up at our dive center. We also offer E Learning if you prefer to do the academic work on your computer or tablet.

Step 3:
Come do the pool session and the four Open Water training dives, it’s all too easy mate!

Here’s what our typical schedule is like but the times may change depending on what dates you pick:

Day 1:
At 7:00am* you will meet at the store to hand in your on line course completion form or quizzes from the book. Once these are verified, we will take you straight to the pool and go over all the skills that you will need to know before proceeding to the ocean. The pool session will go until about 2:00pm or until everyone is comfortable with the skills. If you do the E learning program, after the pool session you will do a brief quiz to verify it was you who took the on line class and then you are done for the day around 3pm. If you choose the book and DVD version, you will need to take 4 quizzes and then a final exam and your day will end around 5pm.

Day 2:
You will meet at South Beach Divers at 10:00am for your first two open water dives. We do these dives in the John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary in Key Largo.  This beautiful location boasts the largest living coral reef in North America. It is also America’s first underwater State Park and has been protected since1960.  We are the only Miami based Dive Center that includes two dives in Key Largo as part of the certification course.  This location is perfect for divers and snorkelers alike so feel free to invite you non- diver friends along with you on this day. Return time is approximately 7:00pm, traffic depending.

Day 3:
On the third and final day, you meet at South Beach Divers at 7:30am to complete your final two open water dives off the coast of Miami Beach. You get to dive on one of the more than 70 shipwrecks that lay right off the coast of Miami. Upon returning (and passing) you will be issued a temporary certification card so you can start diving right away.  We process your PADI certification card online so you will get you temporary card right away. Your permanent license will arrive in as little as 7 days and it can be sent anywhere in the world.  You will now also be qualified to take the PADI Advanced class as well numerous specialty classes like Wreck Diver and Underwater Photographer.  All students that graduate will receive a $50 credit towards the next class if taken within 30 days.

* There is a class orientation the day before the class to meet your instructor, buy any personal gear that you need and be fitted for your SCUBA for the class. By attending the orientation, you will be able to arrive at 8:00am the day of the class. You may come by for your orientation any time between 11am and 6:30pm the day before your class.The orientation will take approximately 45 min.

Prerequisites: Minimum age is 10 at the start date of the class. Everyone must be able to swim and tread water for at least 10 minutes. This class is for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.

Upcoming Classes

We can offer this class almost any three days you like and the days do not have to be consecutive. You will have your own instructor for each of the three days.


  • Classes are paid in full when enrolling
  • Must complete a medical form.
  • Must complete a student record file and student contract. Those under 18 need a parent or guardians approval and signature.


The price of the course is $1599 (just $400 each!) which includes text book and DVD (E Learning option available for an additional fee), pool session, boat fees, instructor fees, photo, certification card, transportation to and from the dive sites and all SCUBA rental gear (tanks, weights, BCD and regulator) with the exception of personal gear.   Personal gear is considered to be your mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit* and those are available for sale at the shop.
Enrolled students get special discounts on merchandise!
We will meet or beat any legitimate authorized dealers prices on identical items.This does not include factory outlets or internet sites.
Note: The course is offered via SSI or PADI certification.  If choosing PADI, there is a an additional $75 cost for the eLearning.

* Wetsuits are available to rent, when needed.