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 waters of New England are more than warm enough for divers to dive in wetsuits through late Spring, Summer, and Fall. The wetsuits we use are high quality, warm and stretchy making it easier to put on and take off. Typically suits for New England are 7mm thick. We find that a full 7mm suit with a hooded vest core under it makes diving easy and enjoyable.

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

  • Call the store to schedule a fitting for the New England Diving System. You can reserve your equipment here – https://ecdivers.com/rentals/. As you are an open water student you will want to book the open water student rental package, the cost for this is $125. If you have already paid for your rental in store or over the phone feel to give us a call to reserve the equipment. We always recommend coming by the store to try on your wetsuit to ensure the size you have reserved is the correct size for you.
  • If renting, please pick up your equipment on the Friday of the weekend of the dives (midweek pickups can be arranged as necessary).
  • Show up at the dive site with all your gear, at the stated time for that weekend. (This will be determined no more than 48 hours before the date due to weather). Day 1 of the Open Water dives is always held at Hathaways pond. You can find directions here – https://ecdivers.com/directions/
  • 3 dives and one snorkel dive will be conducted on the first day.
  • 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. Dive site will typically be in Cape Ann. The site is chosen by the instructors on the Saturday based on current weather data. Your instructors will inform you of the dive site on day one of your dives.
  • Conduct the final two open water dives for the certification course and log dives.

THEN…

  • Return to ECD and return the gear to the store while celebrating your well earned dive certification and entering into the ranks of the ECD dive family!
  • C-cards can generally be printed in house but require all paperwork to be double checked. Certs are typically processed within 7 days of your dives. As soon as they are processed you will have access to the digital card via your online profile or via the dive ssi app available here – Download App. We will mail out the cards as soon as they are processed so you should see the hard copy in the mail a few days after the digital card.

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.

This additional piece of equipment allows you to dive all year round, and even 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 Drysuit right out of the gate? Then this is the course for you.

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 many of our 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. Four to six dives will 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. When you return from your trip we will provide you with your final certification. 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, Kim, 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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