This globally-recognized certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver. Personalized training is combined with pool-based in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable exploring the underwater world.
East Coast Divers’ scuba certification course is a three-part program: classroom, pool, and open water dives. All of which are required to obtain certification. This course covers the first two, as students commonly complete pool and class training with East Coast Divers and finish the certification dives on one of our group trips or at another dive facility in warmer water.
Once you sign up and have completed the online training, you will complete 2 classroom sessions and a minimum of 4 pool sessions. Next, you will be ready for a referral to a dive resort of your choice or local open water dives to complete your Open Water Diver certification.
Learn how to configure your diving equipment during an in-person workshop session. Attend three web conferences to cover the remaining academic material. Four pool sessions take you from snorkeling fundamentals through emergency management scuba skills.
Unlike most shops, ECD teaches the whole pool program with students maintaining neutral buoyancy, hovering in the diver position. Our divers come out more comfortable and efficient in the water and are better prepared to apply the skills they learned during their real-world dives!
There are a few steps before you can get into the water – including completing the online training, your first classroom, and completing all relevant paperwork. Most of the paperwork can be done during the first classroom session, but it’s usually a good idea to check over the Scuba – Medical Form ahead of time and get a doctors’ sign-off as necessary. Remember, if you answer “YES” to any of the questions on the medical, a physician’s sign off is required. Once your Pool & Class training is complete you are eligible for the Open Water Certification Dives.