- Study the training materials in the comfort of your preferred learning environment (home, work, a park etc.)
- Sign up for a Test & Tutor session to demonstrate your academic knowledge to our Training Team and further develop your understanding of Scuba Diving (typically 1 evening as long as you did your homework).
- Sign up for pool sessions to develop Scuba Diving skills with our Training Team in the comfort of an indoor heated pool (typically 2-3 evenings or part of a weekend, your choice).
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The Class and Pool package which includes all training curriculum, log book and equipment is $225.00.
Once you have completed your class and pool work you have 2 choices to complete your training and receive a certification card. Join us at an area lake for a fun weekend of diving or ask for a Referral. A Referral allows a diver who has completed portions of the class with us to let another instructor pick up where we left off. In other words, if you have a trip coming up you can have an instructor at your vacation destination do the equivalent of what we would do at the lake with you. Referrals are very common and easy.
Lake training is $125.00 and includes all equipment from pool sessions plus a wetsuit. There are no additional hidden fees.
A simple concept we highly recommend you examine- Some training facilities offer “weekend crash courses” for people that just want to “get this done”.
We however, cater to people that want to enjoy their training “get to concept” and want to become good divers. This is opposite from some competitive concepts of “just getting it done”. You will not be likely to stick with this amazing sport if you go that route. Common sense tells you that the training required for Scuba Diving should be taken seriously.
Think of it this way – In order to enjoy something as wonderful as Scuba Diving, you have to be good at it, in order to be good at it, you have to practice skills and develop knowledge.
Again, the length of the class is up to you. We offer you the opportunity to complete the entire class in as little as 1 weekend (not recommended) or spread it out over a few evenings at a more relaxing pace. Classes are performance based, not timed. Once you complete a module of the class, you move on to the next module. This allows you to learn at an enjoyable pace you are comfortable with. We like to explain the difference in a quick class vs. evening classes as: are you waning to just “get this done” or are you excited about “getting to do this”? An even BETTER question (hint..hint) is: How good of a diver do you want to be? In order to enjoy something, you have to be good at it. In order to be good at something, you need practice!
If you are doing a Referral you will not pay us the $125.00 Open Water fee as we are not associated with the resort companies you will be doing the Referral with. Expect the resort operation you use to charge you approximately $150.00 to $250.00. Don’t let that sticker shock freak you out, check into what that includes and it won’t seem so bad. Please feel free to ask us for advice and more details for what to expect.
Our training schedules are very flexible. We understand that time is important. You have the ability to mix and match training sessions at your leisure.
Academic development can be completed in a 1 on 1 setting at your convenience or in a social group setting at no additional charge.
All students will receive training and use of dive computers at no charge!
Confined Water (pool) training is in a heated, indoor, 4-19′ pool.
Student ratios in Confined water are 1-5 students per instructor.
We challenge you at YOUR pace, not someone else’s. This often means even smaller student ratios at no additional charge.
You are exposed to dozens of different equipment designs from many different manufacturers to fully understand options. We can certainly appreciate the fact that this really does not mean much to you right now, it will soon enough though. It’s kind of like shopping for a new vehicle. Do you like trucks, SUV’s, sports cars, mini vans etc. Ladies get equipment specifically designed for you, men get equipment specifically designed for them. For the pool we include a weight integrated BCD, regulator, tank and weights. Students are responsible for providing a Scuba Quality mask, fins, snorkel and safety sausage. These can be rented but most will take advantage of our student packages (contact our Sales Team for more info).
Group training (5:1 ratio) has an industry standard “pace”. We slow it down even more. Students enrolled in group courses that need more attention will be switched to a private course at the expense of the student.
All regulators come standard with dive computers.
All BCD’s are weight integrated.
There are several types of equipment out there and we are the only local shop that will expose you to all of these different “tools” (types of equipment). You may not understand the following terminology (yet) but every diver has an opinion on whether or not they like regulators with adjustment knobs, swivels, balanced breathing efforts. etc. You will be exposed to all of them! Some divers prefer a jacket style BCD while others prefer a rear flotation. You will be trained in both!
We provide ONLY the finest state of the art Scuba Diving equipment from top reputable brands such as: Scubapro/Uwatec, Aqualung/Sea-quest/suunto, Oceanic, Atomic, Apeks, DUI, Hollis, Halcyon, Sherwood, OMS and more. You will know you are getting nothing but the best the first time you experience this wonderful sport. All of the staff and trainers here believe in being spoiled as well as spoiling our customers.
In addition, all of our premium regulators are equipment now with feature rich dive computers which are standard and do not cost you anything extra. You will receive training on them during your class.
All of our rental equipment at Bluewater Divers is serviced multiple times per year. After every season (or when it becomes obsolete) all rental equipment will be offered to the public for a $ steal and replaced with the latest and greatest equipment offered by top manufacturers.
Ask about our Try it Before you Buy it program. Say NO to buyers remorse!
Do we offer certifications from agencies other than PADI?
Over the years, collectively our Training Team has taught for just about every training agency out there. Although that was great professional experience, our Training Team would not hesitate to say that we are by a long shot most comfortable and confident with PADI and all of their support. We know that PADI is not only the best for our Training Team but also the for our customers at any certification level. One thing you need to realize is that most training agencies have all made good contributions to the dive industry! We can make statements like that because we have taught for most training agencies in the past. They are all governed and comply with the regulations of the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC). With all of our experienced staffs knowledge there is one agency that has stands out, PADI. PADI is “the way the world learns to dive”. They are everywhere! Chances are if you have visited a tropical tourist area around the world you have seen the PADI logo. Any Dive magazine will show community involvement from PADI and most dive shops around the world support PADI as well. Just remember…..A good instructor will teach a great class regardless of the training agency they choose to teach for and a less experienced or burned out instructor will not impress you regardless of the agency they choose to teach for. Do your research before you do business with any of us!
Obtain training materials.
Study the training materials in the comfort of your preferred learning environment (home, work, a park etc.)
Make an appointment to demonstrate your academic knowledge to our Training Team and further develop your understanding of Scuba Diving (typically 1 evening as long as you did your homework).
Make an appointment to develop Scuba Diving skills with our Training Team in the comfort of an indoor heated pool (typically 2-3 evenings or part of a weekend).
Provide a Scuba quality mask, fins, snorkel and a Log Book. This is an industry standard. Attend 100% of all sessions.
Typical academic knowledge development participation
Make an appointment to participate in a Test and Tutor session. Our Training Team presents a dynamic leaning environment through evaluating a demonstration of your knowledge. Our goal in this session is to have you at a 100% comprehension level. Through the duration of the course, we tutor you in areas you don’t fully understand (typically 1 on 1).
Next…Skill development in a confined water environment such as the OCCC pool is the most comfortable training setting that can be offered locally. We exclusively use pools diverse enough to welcome new divers into shallow water then draw you to the deep sections once your skills are ready to simulate real Open Water diving! Everyone learns at a different pace, our Training Team is devoted to doing everything we can to teach you at your pace! We offer weeknight and weekend training options. In most cases you can cherry pick the dates that are best for you. It’s always best to start the class and ideally complete training sessions back to back for the best knowledge and skill development.
We primarily use the OCCC pool on I-240 & May. This is a GREAT pool. We start in water so shallow you could stand up in. The REAL benefit is that by the end of the course you are in 19′ of water. NO other pool used for Scuba Diving in OKC or surrounding areas comes even close to this. We believe the quality of training we can offer in 19′ is much greater than competing training facilities using 5-8′ pools.
Option 1 standard training- Join our Training Team at one of the area lakes (typically Lake Tenkiller) for a FUN weekend of diving and socializing. Typically Saturday morning we will meet for an optional social breakfast about 8am, otherwise divers should be geared up ready to go typically at 9am at the agreed location. We will be exploring underwater mountain ranges until about 1pm to complete the days training. Saturday nights we like to have a social party at our Mobile Mansion for a FREE cookout. Typically Sunday morning is the same schedule as Saturday. You will receive a map with instructions on where to meet when you pick up your gear to take to the lake or sooner if you request it. Students are required to transport their equipment to the lake. When you swing by to pick up your gear we will give you final logistical information or upon request prior to that.
Option 2 getting a referral – Completing your class/pool training with us will earn you a Referral. A Referral allows another instructor anywhere in the world to pick up where we left off to complete your training. This is a great option for divers that would like to get certified in the colder months and are not feeling adventurous enough to brave the cold lake.
Pictures of students having FUN will be up shortly….