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Scuba Certification

Scuba Certification Classes

Learning to dive is a fun weekend of training and getting certified to dive literally gets you a license for adventure. Once certified, you are allowed to dive without supervision in conditions you have been certified for. The core recreational progression of certification levels is Openwater, Advanced-Adventure, and Rescue Diver. Openwater is the entry level certification and is good for diving in the real world up to 60′.  Advanced-Adventure is good to 100′. Rescue focuses on building on your diving skills so that you can help another diver in an emergency, or ideally prevent an emergency from occurring in the first place. Additionally there are many specialty certifications as well, like Nitrox (breathing more Oxygen for longer bottom times), Deep Diver (130′ max depth), Underwater Navigation,  Wreck Diver, Boat Diver, Drift Diver, Night Diver, Search and Recovery, and many more.  A recreational Rescue diver that has earned 5 specialties is recognized as a Master Diver. A Divemaster is on the other hand a Rescue Diver that has undergone a working internship to become a professional diver. DMs lead other certified divers as guides and help full fledged instructors teach classes.

Technical Divers have delved deeper into the training required to exceed no decompression limits, dive alone or in overhead environments like ice or caves, breathe specialized mixtures beyond normal nitrox, use rebreathers or sidemount configurations, and dive beyond 130′.

Recreational Divers who attain advanced certification with the Nitrox specialty can go on any of the charters we offer. Basic Openwater diver are sufficiently trained to dive on our Inshore wrecks. Similarly, most places around the world that divers may travel to will have plenty of places for Openwater  divers, with some that are limited to Advanced divers only due to the depth or currents or some other environmental factor.

Open Water – $465

We offer the academics of our diving classes online. This means you complete all of 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; keeping costs lower  and putting less of a demand on your precious time. 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 850-588-8077 or email Pat@panamacitydiving.com and ask away.

Download the Medical Questionnaire to make sure you are healthy enough for scuba diving. This is a mandatory form for enrollment in any dive class. If you answer “yes” to any of the conditions, your physician will need to review and approve your form.

Refresher Class – $125

Refresher Classes are a sound idea for certified divers that have been on dry land longer than they planned on. If you feel like your gills have dried out, take a refresher class! A dive professional will go over the basics with you and fill in any gaps in your knowledge and skills. We supply any needed equipment for the checkout dive at the St Andrews State Park as well as the park admission.

Open Water Referral Class - $275

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.

Advanced Open Water Diver - $400

Advanced Open Water is the next serious step in dive training. Most charter operators require this level of certification to do wrecks or reef dives beyond 60′. In Panama City we have some great dives in the range of basic openwater divers but we have many more in  offshore (Federal) waters that are beyond that shallower limit. The advanced scuba certification requires additional eLearning and 5 specific training dives. These dives prove introduction to 5 different specialties (deep and navigation dives are required as two of the five with the other 3 up to the instructor). Advanced scuba Certification is for dives up to 100′. This course usually requires a trip into the deeper waters offshore for the deep training component so reserving your class in advance is required to get a seat on the boat. This class pairs very well with a nitrox class to help divers get the most out of their bottom time.

Students will need their own;

Mask, Fins, Wetsuit (seasonally), Regulators, BCD, Computer and SMB. *rental gear is available and we offer generous student discounts as well as gear packages if you are considering purchasing your own gear.

 

To get started you only need to reserve your class by clicking the book “now button” and we’ll send you the eLearning access as well as be standing by to answer any questions you might have.

Tanks, Weights, Liftbags ,compasses and other class specific gear is provided free of charge.

Rescue Diver with CPR - $350

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.