PADI Open Water Diver Class – 3 Day
Simply the easiest way to get PADI Scuba Certified with South Beach Dive and Surf Center.
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)
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.
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 8:30am 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:
At 8:00am* 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.
You will meet at South Beach Dive and Surf at 11:30am for your first two open water dives. All our ocean dives depart from our sister store, Divers Paradise, in Key Biscayne. Your first two open water dives will be on some of the amazing reefs that lay just minutes off the shore of Key Biscayne. Each dive lasts about 30-45 min. Our boats are fully stocked with drinks, snacks, showers, shade and cool tunes. The boat returns to shore by 5pm. Feel free to invite friends to join you on this trip. Divers and snorkelers alike are welcome. Be sure they make a reservation.
On the third and final day, you meet at South Beach Dive and Surf at 12 noon to complete your final two open water dives off the coast of Key Biscayne. You get to dive on one of the more than 70 shipwrecks that lay right off the coast. Upon returning (and passing) you will be issued a temporary certification card so you can start diving right away. We process your 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 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.
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 $495 which includes the e-learning 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. A $45 per student fee that includes your own personal mouthpiece, logbook and BBQ lunch on Sunday is added to all classes.
Special!! Add a Nitrox Certification to this class for just $129 (SSI) or $179 (PADI)
** Children under 12 years old at the start date of any class are charged $100 additional per student as our student to instructor ratio is cut in half. We strongly recommend that you do a private class for children that young.
* Wetsuits, when needed, are available to rent.