PADI Scuba Class – Part 1
By Divers Central
A PADI 5 Star Instructor Center Facility
If you’ve always wondered what lies beneath the surface, now’s the time to find out. Start the journey of a lifetime with the Part 1 of the PADI Open Water Diver course. Part 1 includes five class-room sessions and five confined water drives that are the prerequisite to complete four open water dives needed for PADI certification.
The final open water dives need to be scheduled within a year of completion and will be at an additional cost with a certified PADI dive instructor (not offered through the Y).
Minimum Age: 10 years. Students younger than 15 who successfully complete the course qualify for the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15.
Physical: For safety, all students complete a brief questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course.
Water Skills: Before completing this course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skill comfort by having you swim 200 yards (or 300 yards in mask, fins and snorkel), and complete 10 minutes of floating and treading water.
About Physical Challenges: Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. Individuals with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information.
Classes will be schduled based on demand. Please call if you are interested.
YMCA Members $230
Community Members $240
Minimum enrollment of six required for this class.