Project Description

We are Boston’s premier diving education center for Scuba Certification Dives and other scuba lessons in Massachusetts and New England!

About The Course:

We run certification dives during the spring, summer, and fall. Now, even the winter can be suitable with our drysuit add-on. The open water dives can be anywhere from 4 to 6 dives that are usually spread between 2 days of training on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday. Here at East Coast Divers, you will complete up to 5 scuba dives and a snorkel over 2 days to complete your certification.

The normal flow of events for certification dives occurs as follows:

  • Call the store to schedule a fitting for the New England Diving System.
  • If renting, pick up the equipment on the Friday before the weekend of the dives. (midweek pickups can often be arranged as necessary).
  • Show up at the dive site, with all the gear, at the stated time for that weekend. (This will be determined no more than 48 hours before the date due to weather).
  • Three (3) dives will be conducted each day. One of which, on the first day, is a snorkel.
  • Return to East Coast Divers to fill tanks Saturday after the dives.
  • Show up at the dive site Sunday morning on time and ready to dive.
  • Conduct the final three open water dives for the certification course and log dives.

THEN…

  • Go home and return the gear to the store on Monday. (Midweek rental returns can often be arranged as necessary).
  • C-cards can generally be printed in house so you can receive it right after your dives.

This additional piece of equipment allows you to dive all year round, and even better, be warm while doing it! Would you like to be warm no matter what the water temp? Would you prefer to finish your open water certification with the ability to dive a dry suit right out of the gate? Then this is the course for you.

Many people find that Drysuit diving around New England is MUCH warmer and more comfortable than a wetsuit. The Drysuit Diving Course requires 1 class session, 2 pool sessions and using the drysuit during your open water dives. This class is set up to be taught upon request. The class session can be scheduled directly with ECD and the pool sessions are held on the usual pool schedule.

The normal flow of events for certification dives occurs this way:

  • Call or Email East Coast Divers to sign-up for the Drysuit add-on course.
  • Complete the on-line training.
  • Contact East Coast Divers to schedule your additional class and pool sessions.
  • After the additional training is complete, schedule the dates for you certification dives.
  • If renting, pick up the equipment on the Friday before the weekend of the dives.(midweek pickups can often be arranged as necessary).
  • Show up at the dive site, with all the gear, at the stated time for that weekend. (This will be determined no more than 48 hours before the date due to weather.)
  • Three (3) dives will be conducted each day. One of which, on the first day, is a snorkel.
  • Return to East Coast Divers to fill tanks Saturday after the dives.
  • Show up at the dive site Sunday morning on time and ready to dive.
  • Conduct the final three open water dives for the certification course and log dives.

THEN…

  • Return the gear to the store after the dives on Sunday. (Midweek rental returns can often be arranged as necessary).
  • C-cards can generally be printed at the shop so you can receive it right after your dives.
    Also Check Out Our Private instruction!

As with a lot of ECD programs, private instruction is available for those who can’t make our standard schedule. Private Open water training is available 7 days a week, entirely on your schedule. 4 – 6 dives need to be completed over the course of 2 days. The 2 days of training don’t necessarily have to be back to back or even in the same week. We are here to make your life easy and there is nothing easier than our private instruction options.

The normal flow of events for certification dives occurs this way:

  • Call the store to set up fitting the New England Diving System.
  • If renting, pick up the equipment on the day before the dives. (Earlier pickups can often be arranged as necessary).
  • Show up at the dive site, with all the gear, at the stated time for that day. (This will be determined no more than 48 hours before the date due to weather.)
  • Three (3) dives will be conducted each day. One of which, on the first day, is a snorkel.
  • Return to East Coast Divers to fill tanks after the dives.
  • Repeat the process for the second day of training.
  • Conduct the final three open water dives for the certification course and log dives.

THEN…

  • Go home and return the gear to the store after each day. (Rentals can often be held between sessions as necessary).
  • C-cards can generally be printed in house so you can receive it right after your dives.

If you prefer warm clear water over local dives with feisty lobsters, you can finish your certification at another dive center in a tropical destination. All you need is a universal referral form available through the shop for a $45 fee. When you return from your trip we will provide you with your final certification card included in the fee. The cost of the dives will depend on the dive center performing the dives. We recommend scheduling your certification dives ahead of time to confirm they accept the referral program and have instructors available. If you have questions about setting up certification dives for your trip please contact our dive travel expert at Wayland travel.

Please find our available schedule below. Both Flex Open Water Dives and Drysuit Open Water Dives can be done during the same time slots. Private instruction will have to be handled directly through our training director who can be contacted at Kim@ecdivers.com.You can schedule in-person, over the phone or via email.

Open Water Ocean Dives Schedule

East Coast Divers believes in small numbers and high quality instruction. That’s why you will never have more than 4 people to an instructor, the maximum students per group will be 6 people and this would be with 2 dive professionals.

Prerequisites

  • Completed Open Water Training Within Last 6 Months.
  • Own Necessary Equipment – Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties (Required for cold water).
  • Rent (or have access to) Total Diving System – including exposure protection.
  • Organize Transportation of self AND gear to and from dive location.

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