South Beach Divers
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PADI Open Water Diver Class – 3 Day

Class Description

Simply the easiest way to get PADI Scuba Certified with South Beach Dive and Surf Center.

Step 1:
Pick a start date below and pay for your class. You will receive your e-learning link and access pass within 24 hours (often much quicker)

Step 2:
Complete the e-learning portion of the class in the comfort of your home (or anywhere) If you prefer and book and DVD instead, we can ship these to you or you can pick them up at our store.

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

* 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.

Here’s what our typical schedule is like:

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 4:00pm 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.

Prerequisites: Minimum age is 10. If your child is between 10 and 14 years old please call us before booking for specific information. Be able to swim and tread water for at least 10 minutes.

Upcoming Classes

Friday through Sunday year round. We often have other 3 day schedules, please check the upcoming class schedule below. If our group class schedule does not fit yours, we also offer private classes .If you have four or more in your group we will make a customized schedule just for you. Whatever your needs, we have the staff to make it happen.


  • 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.
  • We recommend you enroll for diving insurance provided at no charge by Divers Alert Network (for U.S. and Canadian Residents only)


The price of the course is $475 when booked on line which includes text book and DVD , 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.

Special!! Add a Nitrox Certification to this class for just $129 more (reg $229)

** Children under 12 years old at the start date of any class are charged $50 additional as our student to instructor ratio is cut in half.

* Wetsuits are available to rent.