If you have ever been snorkeling and want to take it to the next level, our scuba diving or Freediving classes are for you. Our discover Scuba class is perfect for the first timer down on vacation with only so much time to squeeze in everything they want to do. The next levels of Scuba Certification classes earn you a card that is recognized in dive shops the world over. These dive classes take several days to complete though. If you want to ditch all the heavy and expensive gear that goes with scuba and learn to unlock the hidden potential we all posses, then Freediving may be exactly what you are looking for. All of our classes are arranged via reservations and can fill up due to limited space and required teacher to student ratios. Call us today to begin your adventure!
If you have always wanted to check out scuba without committing to a whole weekend of training this is the class for you. This is a brief classroom session and a closely supervised dive in the Gulf of Mexico with all gear included. If you know how to swim and want to explore the undersea realm we’d be happy to take you! The dives will be done at the St Andrews State Park in the shelter of the rock jetties. Divers come here to dive from all over the Southeast. There are Rays, mullet, groupers, sheapshead, flounder, urchins anemones, spadefish, redfish crabs snails and more. This is a great experience for people without the 3 days to dedicate to a full certification class. Many of our DSD students enjoy it so much they plan their next visit around getting Openwater certified! This class is fairly contingent upon good weather and tides, please call in advance to schedule it! Ages 12 and up only due to the size of the dive gear. We typically run these classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday but we are pretty flexible and can set something up with a day’s notice if you want to go diving. To reserve your class all you need to do is call the shop or email) and confirm that we have the availability on the day you want to go. If inclement weather forces us to cancel the class we’ll give you a full refund on the spot!
Open water is the basic scuba certification for divers. The dive certification is for up to 60′ at this level. Open Water class takes about 30-40 hours to complete. First there are the academics, which we now offer online, that teach the science behind diving as well as provide a basic understanding of the scuba gear itself. Once the academics have been completed, student divers will spend a day learning the basics in a pool (confined water) and then 2 days of open water diving. Students need to have their own mask, snorkel and fins before pool work begins. The academics can be done online, at your leisure, click here to begin the PADI eLearning . The enrollment fee is deducted from your total so there is no net difference in price. Our classes Go to the pool on Fridays, the State Park on Saturdays and dive off the boat on Sundays. Classes are limited to the first 8 students to reserve spots. Ages 12 and up only due to the size of the dive gear. Private Openwater classes with a custom schedule are available for $650 per student. Children under 15 will only be enrolled in Private classes due to the increased supervision required.
We offer the academics of our diving classes online. This is the newest evolution in dive classes called “E-Learning.” Do all the academic portion, including the exam, on your PC at your own pace and then schedule your in-water training with us when you are done. This eliminates days of lecture and keeps costs lower, for us and puts less of a demand on your precious time. We deduct the amount you pay to PADI (for scuba classes) for access to the E-learning program from your course cost as long as you affiliate with us once you sign up. You can register for eLearning by clicking here. The link should automatically affiliate you with our shop. So you work at home but we are still available to you at the shop if you have any questions. Our staff is more than happy to share their knowledge of scuba diving with you should you have any questions about anything diving related between now and your class start date, so feel free to call and ask away 850-588-8077.
Already started you class and only need to finish up your Openwater or “Checkout” dive training? That is a referral class. Typically you will just need to come down and join our OW classes for their Sat and Sun portions. We will need your “referral paperwork” from the instructor that began your training. We can accept students who began with any agency and finish you with a referral in either PADI or SDI as is your preference.
Complete any 3 “Adventure dives” to gain the experience to up your scuba certification to the next level. An Adventure dive is the first training dive in the specialty certification, which are more in depth and may require as many as 5 dives. By diversifying their training Adventure divers have gained the experience and training to be certified to 80′. This class has a full day of in-water training and a small amount of academic work. Adventure diver is essentially half of the Advanced Diver class. This is an easy class to set-up as most of the training can be done at the State Park just down the street. Some of the Adventure dives may require a charter trip offshore and abit of additional planning, o please call the shop in advance to discuss the training sequence.
Advanced open water is the serious step in dive training. The advanced scuba certification requires additional bookwork and 5 specific open water dives providing introduction to 5 different specialties, deep and navigation dives are required as two of the five. Advanced scuba Certification is for dives up to 100′. Advanced Diver is an easy upgrade from Adventure Diver onlt requiring another day of in-water training. This course usually requires a trip into the deeper waters offshore for the deep training component so scheduling your class in advance is a good idea.
Rescue divers are trained in various lifesaving scenarios that they may be encountered by divers and offered introduction into how to best provide assistance to injured, panicked and unconscious scuba divers. At this level students are required to own their own a complete set of gear before class. A minimum of 20 logged dives is required before enrollment of this class. Students will instructed in the safest ways to respond to a variety of emergency in-water and out of water situations. Current CPR and 1st Aid training is required to earn this certification and is usually taught in conjunction with it. This is a very long 2 day class of physical hands on training.
Master scuba diver is the highest recognition of RECREATIONAL training PADI offers. Master scuba divers have completed both Rescue class and 5 or more different specialties. This is the pinnacle of learning for the diver who wants a wide body of knowledge and training but knows they do not want to end up working in the Dive Industry.
Divemasters are rescue divers who have decided to “Go Pro” into the world of diving. Divemasters must demonstrate mastery of dive theory and all core dive skills as well as complete an internship under an active scuba instructor. Divemaster candidates will sit in on charters and classes to pickup and fine tune their skills needed to accept leadership roles in the dive community as part of their internship. Divemasters must have 60 logged dives by the completion of their internship, at a bare minimum. Since they are responsible for leading groups of certified divers and assisting instructors with uncertified divers, they are required to carry liability insurance.
* Training can take up to as long as several weeks to complete depending on the rate at which students master the skill sets and cooperative weather and water conditions.
Learn to extend bottom times by safely adding oxygen to your breathing mix. This diving class gives you the most bang for your buck and time. Duration 3 hours
Learn to safely dive to a max of 130′ over this duration of this 2 day class. Somewhat Subject to the availability of the dive boats due to the deeper dive sites required for training.
We also offer; Night Diver, Boat Diver, Wreck Diver, Fish ID, Drift Diver, Search and Recovery Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Cavern diver classes.
$375 for Specialty Class requiring 4 dives (2 days of training)
$175 for 2 dive specialties (a single day of in-water training)
Using a tree metaphor to think about the classes PADI offers is often the easiest way to get a concept of the progression. The PADI course tree is comprised of its core classes making the trunk, and specialty classes making its branches. The progression of core recreational certifications from PADI starts with “Openwater Diver”, then “Adventure Diver” to “Advanced Openwater Diver”, and “Rescue Diver.” Upon reaching rescue diver certification if you earn 5 specialties or more (so a tall tree with a large canopy) you become what is know as a “Master Diver” in recognition of your diverse training and experience. The other option upon reaching rescue certification is to “Go Pro” and and become a “Divemaster” in training. Divemasters are able to help instructors teach classes, conduct Discover Scuba Diving programs, and lead certified divers on excursions.
Learning to dive with a knowledgeable instructor is a blast. With us the classroom, pool, and openwater training sessions are peppered with humor and laughter (above water anyway) as the basic skills are learned and practiced.
Our dive instructors are consistently the highest reviewed by actual customers (compare us to all the other shops…. please!) because they offer individual attention in a pressure free learning environment making our students happier, more relaxed and consequently better trained. Our scuba certification classes consistently produce capable confident divers that stay active in the sport.
We include the cost of admissions, rental gear, AND include a free trip on our charter boat (as weather allows) to do the last two openwater training dives for the price you see upfront.
Our prices are $400 for a scheduled 3 day class (Fri-Sun or Mon-Wed) with open enrollment or $700 per person for a private class with a custom schedule.
Philosophically we operate on a customer service centered long term profit business model instead of a volume based short term profit model. This is illustrated perfectly by our boat operation. Our “Big” boat (a custom 36′ Newton) can legally run with 20 divers but we limit it to 14 since this is the actual number of divers that can comfortably go on it and about the right number of divers to drop on most of the wrecks offshore. Too many divers can overcrowd a shipwreck, but not on our trips.
All of our classes and charters are therefore offered via reservations to better assure our goal of the best possible experience in the water for you and your friends and family.
We have regular scheduled classes and can schedule other classes with about a weeks notice, sometimes much less. We try to maintain the highest degree of customer service by planning the logistics of classes and charters with a finite number of Instructors, Captains and sets of dive gear around the Florida weather. This is why we ask for a reservation as far in advance as possible, to better serve our customers!