We're sure you have friends and family who have told you what an adventure it is to descend below the ocean surface and explore the underwater world. They've undoubtedly mentioned how it's much easier to scuba dive than you may think. Well, it's time to listen to them and take the opportunity to learn to dive!
The excitement begins by enrolling in one of our Open Water Diver courses. These come developed for individuals interested in earning a certification card so that they can begin exploring and discovering the underwater world firsthand.
The highly qualified PADI instructor team at Dan's SCUBA is well versed in the area of recreational diving. When it comes to training, we consistently maintain our high standards and limit our class sizes. This allows us to pay attention to student comfort and offer courses with flexible schedules. So if you want to learn to dive, participate in a specialty course or study to become an instructor, look no further you've come to the right place!
Beginner courses for the non-diver and the new diver looking to expand their basic skills. Taking the plunge is easier than ever! We invite all non-divers to experience the underwater world by enrolling in one of our exciting Discover SCUBA programs. Experience the thrill first hand as we take you to the depths of a local pool using a full set of scuba equipment. Please call the shop to discuss pricing and package options.
A quick and easy introduction into what it takes to explore the underwater world. You'll learn all the steps it takes to be a PADI certified diver.
Diver certification begins here. Start with PADI's online eLearning course. Then experience four open water dives.
Advance your diving knowledge & skills by exploring five different specialty areas in diving.
Advanced coursework for the diver looking to expand their underwater passions. Continuing education courses are developed for certified divers who want to improve their skills and learn more about this fascinating activity. Most of these courses can be taken immediately after completing the Open Water Diver course. Please call the shop to discuss pricing and package options.
Learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver.
Extend your bottom time and dive safer using air that's been enriched with a higher percentage of oxygen.
Explore deeper dive sites with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/135ft.
Learn to capture the underwater action from your own camera, everything from composure, photography principals, camera care, and dry-land editing.
Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and offer a chance for a new discovery.
The highest recreational certification a diver can earn, the Master Scuba Diver has demonstrated mastery of five separate specialties.
"Take only pictures; leave only bubbles."
Anywhere there is a body of water, you can dive, with proper permissions of course. For training dives, we favor the Twinsburg Fitness Center's indoor pool, and Nelson Ledges Quarry, in Garrettsville, OH. We also regularly make trips to White Star Quarry in Madison, OH and Gilboa Quarry in Ottowa, OH.
Most dive-centered quarries have been loaded up with decommissioned vehicles, school-busses, airplanes, even helicopters, to allow divers to practice diving in an overhead-confined environment. You're also likely to see bluegills, freshwater trout, crayfish, and snails.
Quarries in the summertime typically can get as warm as 75 degrees, but don't worry you WILL be wearing a wetsuit.
Students have the option to do a split course, where they conduct the pool/classroom education where with us in Twinsburg, OH, and then take their referral paperwork to their dive destination to finish the course with their open water check-out dives somewhere warmer.
Your PADI certifications are valid for life and never expire. It is STRONGLY recommended, however, to enroll in a refresher course if it has been more than 12 months since your last dive. All professional level certifications require annual membership fees and training updates to remain current.
Absolutely! Even though graduating your Open Water Diver course qualifies you and your buddy to dive on your own, your first trip outside the course can be intimidating. Hiring a guide to accompany you is an excellent idea until you get more comfortable with ocean dives. You can hire a guide through our shop, to help you navigate the booking process; you can usually hire a local guide for the afternoon from your chosen dive shop at your vacation site. Some shops even offer this service complimentary with your dive package.
The dive industry is a service industry, and it is customary to TIP YOUR GUIDES, the same way you'd tip your waitress, bartender, or hairdresser for excellent service. These gratuities may be shared across the crew, or may go directly to your guide; this varies shop-to-shop. But the reality is, divemasters and instructors do this job because they LOVE it, not because it pays well. Your tip for the day may very well exceed their daily wages!
PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, founded in 1966. It is the largest scuba training agency worldwide and is unparalleled in its standards for instructors. You may hear divers say, "I've got my PADI," meaning they've earned their Open Water Diver Certification.
It is our professional opinion that PADI offers the most comprehensive, modern, and safe training programs. PADI is also the most popular agency world-wide, and enforces consistency across dive training.
As long as you have the proper documentation, your instructor can work with you to make the transition. You may choose to keep your existing certifications with another agency, but move forward with PADI for future certifications. Or you may choose to apply for a transfer of your existing certification, in which case your instructor will be able to assist you. This is really a small detail, don't sweat it!