Scuba Certification Part 1
(Pool & Classroom)

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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.

What Scuba Certification Part 1 covers

Learn how to configure your diving equipment during an in-person workshop session. Attend three web conferences to cover valuable ECD specific programming and the remaining academic material. Four pool sessions take you from snorkeling fundamentals through emergency management scuba skills.

Why learn with ECD?

Most of our divers come to us after reading all of the 5-star reviews on Yelp!, Facebook, or Google.

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!

Our program is high-touch, we maintain small student to instructor ratios (maximum 5:1). We offer students an opportunity to repeat the program without incurring extra costs if they are not successful in their first attempt to master the required skills.

Alex and Nick have dedicated their lives to developing the highest quality Open Water Diver program in the industry. The program undergoes annual evidence-based review and the instruction team is updated with the latest techniques in training methods and skill development.

Important Notes:

Please check over the “Diver Medical Statement Participant Questionnaire” Medical Form ahead of time and get a doctors’ sign-off as necessary. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions on the second page of the form, a physician’s sign off is required.

Once your Pool & Class training is complete you are eligible for the Open Water Certification Dives, Part 2 of the Open Water Diver Program. The cost of the certification dives is not included in the price of this program.

Before Class

Before attending your class you will need to complete some paperwork. The links to the documents are under the required forms section of this page. These forms must be completed prior to your session and contain important information.

Pay close attention to the medical form as you may also require a physician’s approval before we can let you into the water.

This class also has a helpful online training component hosted by SSI. Please complete your online training prior to your classroom session. If you have not already registered with SSI, look for an email from divessi.com. You can access online training materials, certification cards, and more at my.divessi.com or the MySSI app on your iPhone or Android.

If you have any questions give us a call at the store on 617-277-2216 or shoot us an email training@ecdivers.com.

  • 10 years or older.
  • Clear medical history or physician (MD) sign-off if necessary.
  • Basic in-water comfort is required for success in the program and requires the following skill demonstrations for completion
    • a 300-yard swim (with a mask, fins, and snorkel).
    • a 10-min surface float.

Flex Program

ECD's legendary Flex Program is available to students who wish to set their own schedule. Workshops, pool sessions, and webinars can be booked whenever space is available and Flex Program students can repeat any session as desired until certification.

from $1355

Private Instruction

Private courses offer 1:1 student to instructor ratios and the ultimate scheduling convenience. You can schedule your pool training with a private instructor during, or outside of, our normal pool hours*. Let our training team know your desired schedule and they can work with you to hammer out the perfect training program to meet your needs.

*Additional fees (such as pool rental fees) may apply when booking off-hours

 

Flex and Private Scheduling is done through Training Director Kim via email Training@ecdivers.com. The training team will be in contact within 24-hours of any inquiries. If you need to contact us sooner please call us at 617-277-2217. Please contact us for pricing and sign-up information.

Students are required to own their own mask, fins, snorkel, and booties (if needed for the fins). These basic pieces of equipment should be personally fit for you and your body type. This will create the most enjoyable and productive training experience. If you already own your own and are unsure about fit or are borrowing from a friend we’d be happy to check the fit. We also personally fit many of our students to their gear and keep many different sizes, styles, and prices in stock at the shop.

Student Special

Open Water Pool & Class students receive $50 off their first purchase of $150 or more!

You can take advantage of the discount by booking a free private appointment with a product specialist today or during your scheduled Equipment Workshop session.

The course fees include the following

  • All online training, registration, and certification fees.
    • Lifetime access to SSI’s Digital learning system, logbook, and digital certification card archive
    • Your SSI certification fees are covered wherever you chose to complete your open water dives
  • 3 web-based classroom sessions
  • 2 practical sessions @ ECD
    • Free gear review sessions with East Coast Divers PRODUCT SPECIALIST
    • Access to student discounts on gear purchases
    • Access to the popular Rent to Own program
  • 4 Sunday Pool Sessions - 12pm to 3pm
    • ECD provides all required gear for in the pool (except Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties, Bathing suit, and Towel).
    • Contacts or a corrective mask are recommended for those needing vision correction.
  • Internationally trained/certified instructor.

Standard Schedule:

Class #1: New Diver Orientation Tuesday evening remote webinar

  • Topics Covered: Instincts and Habits, Equipment, Buoyancy, Breathing Control
  • Confirm access to SSI Online Training and review paperwork.

Equipment Workshop Saturday in person at the East Coast Divers Shop

  • Topics Covered: Equipment fitting, Gear configuration
  • The exam is administered (Covering material from SSI Online Training)
  • Equipment is issued for the course
  • Divers can buy discounted mask, fins, and snorkel at this time

Pool #1: Water Comfort and Control Techniques in the shallow pool

Class #2: Physics and Physiology Tuesday evening remote webinar

Class #3: Dive planning and Environment Thursday evening remote webinar

Pool #2: Personal Skill Fundamentals in the shallow pool

Pool #3: Personal Skill Refinement in the deep pool

Pool #4: Emergency Management Techniques in the deep pool

Exit Interview Workshop by appointment at the East Coast Divers Shop

  • Equipment is returned to the Shop
  • Options for completing Open Water Diver certification dives are discussed
  • Take this time to provide any feedback on your experience in the program

Nitrox Add-On

As a certified diver, you will learn that nitrogen is responsible for limiting the amount of time underwater for each dive. Typically the first course divers take after certification is a Nitrox program, BUT as an ECD student you have the opportunity to complete this dive extending cert before you complete your open water dives.

NITROX GIVES DIVERS MORE TIME UNDERWATER WITH MINIMAL TIME OR FINANCIAL COMMITMENT!

As an open water student of ours, you’re eligible for a $50 discount off of our nitrox program, saving you both money AND extending your bottom time!

We will get you registered for the materials and a class date. As soon as you complete your Nitrox session and your open water dives you’ll officially be both an Open Water and a Nitrox diver, how cool is that!

This $50 discount is just for currently enrolled ECD Open Water students, so don’t miss out on the chance to save some cash and take advantage of Nitrox diving.

Class Forms

Below you will find links to REQUIRED class forms. These forms must be reviewed in their entirety before participating in any ECDivers in-water program. Arrival to class with incomplete documents may result in a forfeiture of that class date. If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the class forms please email our training department at training@ecdivers.com.