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In addition to Basic Open Water a number of continuing education courses are offered for your benefit. The list below is list of all courses currently available through SEI Diving. Not all courses may be available through UDM Aquatic Services. Call for course availability.

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    Open Water Scuba Diver $415.00

     The SDI Open Water Diver course is for individuals ages 12 and older. It involves equal parts of classroom and pool instruction along with 5 open water checkout dives. Completing this course may be the start of many wonderful hours spent beneath the surface. It will challenge and thrill you at the same time. You may discover things about yourself that you never knew. You will discover more about life on our planet than you ever dreamed possible. Give me a call or send an email to begin your new adventure! 

     The Open Water Course consists of 24-32 hours of instruction in the classroom and pool. During this training you will learn about diving history, equipment, physics, physiology, dive planning, the environment, and rescue skills. You'll develop skills that you'll use on every dive. You will also discover more about yourself than you thought possible. Call for information on discounts for couples, groups, and students. Due to the current economic situation I am now including the classroom materials in the basic cost!

     In addition I am also offering a 25.00 rebate for every new student you would refer who takes any OW or Specialty class! So If you want a quality education and the chance to not only save money but recover some of your investment sign up with UDM Aquatic Services for your scuba training! Following your classroom and confined water (pool) training you will need to rent the actual scuba unit itself (bc, tanks, regulator, exposure suit) for your OW checkout dives. I recommend you do this through Dive World where we will be doing your pool training. 

     I offer this course to students in Pittsburgh Pa,  Washington Pa, Wheeling West Virginia, and all surrounding areas. For the finest in Scuba Instruction in Pittsburgh, Washington, Canonsburg, Pa, and all of SW Pa, and Northern West Virginia, as well as Ohio and Maryland, give me a call or send an email via the contact page.  Note: if you are willing to make the drive, as some have, I can set a schedule to accomodate new students from any area!

Note that private classes are also available at additional cost. 

Learning to scuba dive is safe and affordable, and requires a modest amount of training. An entry-level certification course takes approximately 32 hours to complete. Classes may be available during day or evening times, and take from a couple of weekends to several weeks to complete. In order to earn a scuba certification, you will participate in classroom sessions and practice essential diving skills in a pool. Finally, you will test your knowledge on a written exam and apply your skills during training dives in a lake, quarry, spring, or ocean. Upon completion, you will receive a certification card that identifies you as a trained diver, allowing you to rent scuba equipment, participate in advanced training, and explore exotic diving destinations.

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Your training will take place in the classroom and in the pool. You will be required to have your own personal gear for the class and it must be of dive quality. See sidebar under "personal gear" for items required. You will also be required to have a copy of Dennis Graver's "Scuba Diving". This text can be ordered through UDM Aquatic Services. You'll sign a learning agreement which outlines our commitment to you and your responsibilities as a student. At the completion of the classroom and pool sessions you will do a series of Open Water dives at a local lake or quarry. You may also elect to take a referral and do the dives in a warm water location with another instructor. Another option is to allow me to conduct your checkout dives on an excursion to a warm water destination on a scheduled trip or in the case of private lessons cover my expenses for a trip to do these checkouts should you choose not to do them locally. All lessons will be private or semi private. Please Contact Us for rates for both types of classes. You will also be responsible for renting gear for your open water checkout dives. Either Pittsburgh Scuba or Dive World has rental gear available.  I will inform you of the requirements as to what gear you will need to rent at our first meeting.


 For those already certified as Open Water divers with SEI Diving or having YMCA cards who wish to continue training with me in one of my advanced or specialty classes all you need do is sign up. For those certified through other agencies or with an instructor I'm not familiar with I require an interview and perhaps skill evaluation session in the pool and/or open water. Some skills required to earn OW  certification with SEI Diving are not taught by other agencies. I require that you be able to perform these in order to earn certification. It is stated in the learning agreement you will sign for each class and is stated here. Payment of tuition is not a guarantee of certification. It is a guarantee of training. Certification is earned not bought. Failure to achieve the skills required by SEI Diving and UDM Aquatic Services will result in no card being issued. We will train you till you are able to meet the standards.


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