*We don’t offer an option for signing up for a class online because, quite honestly, we don’t believe in it.
*We’re in the relationship business. We want to meet you, and we want you to meet us! There’s also a lot of information to process, and that can be delivered, and understood, a lot better in person. Stopping by the shop so we can personally welcome you into the family is the best option, but at least call or email us to have all your questions answered. For your convenience, we CAN sign you up for beginner scuba lessons over the phone!
*There are about 8-10 solid hours of self-study, whether through eLearning or using manual and DVD. Most students complete this comfortably over a weekend or 2-3 weekday evenings.
*Do not buy the eLearning directly from PADI! We offer it at a significant discount with our Open Water course.
*All the “big” gear (BC, regulator, tanks, weights, and wetsuit) is included with the beginner scuba lessons!
*You’re responsible only for having your own mask, fins, and snorkel (personal gear) for the course. Style, color, and, most importantly, FIT, are what make these items “personal gear.” Our professional staff will spend the time necessary to get you into gear that fits your face, feet, AND budget!
*We offer generous discounts on personal gear to our Open Water students, both as a Thank You for choosing our shop, and also as an affordable way to get you into scuba-quality gear instead of trying to “get by” in this course in a Scooby Doo Fun Set you picked up at Walmart. You’re paying us good money to teach you how to scuba dive. We want to set you up for success!
*We have small class sizes to make sure you’re getting the best training experience. Typically, there are never more than 5 students to 1 instructor in the pool, and only 2 students to 1 instructor in open water.
*This class does NOT require a lot of physical exertion. You need only moderate swimming skills and the ability to float or tread water for 10 minutes.
*Beaver Lake in NW Arkansas is our usual go-to for beginner scuba lessons and beyond. However, conditions may require us to move venues in order to give you the best possible training experience. We even go out to the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM, during off-season!