Become a Certified Open Water Diver in Three Steps: Knowledge Development, Skills Development, and Open Water Verification.
We offer several group classes: traditional two weekend, express one weekend, executive fully loaded, or we can set-up a private class tailored to meet your and your dive buddies' needs. Books or eLearninig versions are available. Open to ages 10 and up. For a detailed explanation of how our open water classes work, please visit our Open Water Diver Class details page.
With Five Dives over Two Days, you'll learn more about specialized facets of diving and be certified to explore up to 100 feet. The Advanced Open Water Certification shows you have mastered skills beyond Open Water Diver and will open-up many more amazing places to dive locally and when on vacation to tropical destinations. See what's included and discounts below for gear requirements and how diving specialties can be integrated. Minimum age 12, however, 10 & 11 year old's may complete an Adventure Diver certification, without deep.
Gain confidence to avoid problems before they happen and be ready to help if and when a difficult situation arises when diving. This is a great course for friends or family members to take together so they are ready to support one another should a need arise. See what's included below for gear information. Must be an Advanced Open Water Diver and have current CPR and First Aid certification within the past two years or add the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care Course, which can be completed the same weekend at the lake. Minimum age: 12 with Advanced Open Water Certification.
Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver. The Master Scuba Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating. When you flash your Master Scuba Diver card, people know that you've spent time underwater in a variety of environments and had your share of dive adventures. Every diver, who is at least 12 years old, should aim for Master Scuba Diver. The path starts with earning a Open Water certification, followed by Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver. You also need to earn five PADI specialty certifications and have logged a minimum of 50 dives.
The air in our atmosphere is approximately 79% nitrogen (N2) and 21% oxygen (O2). An enriched air tank contains air blended with pure O2, typically increasing O2 between 32% to 36%. Absorbing less N2 while diving greatly diminishes post-dive fatigue. Dive longer, more safely, and feel more energized so you can enjoy all of your vacation time! We can conduct this class concurrently with Open Water Diver, as part of Advanced Open Water, or separately. Training dives are not required, so we can even meet for coffee and complete this certification whenever and wherever it is convenient. Ages 15 and up.
This specialty will equip you with better control in the water, advanced techniques, more confidence, and a strong ability to protect the underwater aquatic environment. It is also fun to do with a gaming aspect built-into the class. There is a book and a video to support the in-water skills development. We can combine with Open Water Diver, as part of Advanced Open Water, or as a stand-alone course. It is only two dives so we can do this in one day at a local lake when convenient. See what's included for gear information. Ages 10 and up.
As the saying goes, leave only bubbles and take only pictures! It is easy and fun to capture images and videos of your underwater scuba diving adventures. This is a two-dive specialty, with the first dive either in a pool or lake. This class also features a workshop to download photos from the camera to your smart phone, edit, save to Dropbox, and if you want, share to social media. Camera rental is included. See what's included for other gear information. Ages 10 and up.
Christopher wrote this distinctive specialty so it is a rare certification to obtain! The course includes diving four different dive sites within the state of Texas or in a vessel launched from a Texas shore. Each dive location must be at least 25 miles apart. You'll learn the history of the sites and get a dive-site orientation for each place visited.
See the Texas Lone Star State Distinctive Specialty Diver page for details about this course. See what's included for gear information. Open to certified Divers aged 12 and up.
The Deep Diver specialty certifies you to the maximum of recreational limits, 130 feet, opening many dive sites otherwise inaccessible to even Advanced Open Water Divers. Over the course of two days, we will make a series of four dives where we will travel past 60', learn about changes at depth, navigating, and safety stops both on one's own SCUBA system and a separate tank. There is a book and video to support the in-water skills development. This course is typically conducted at The Scuba Ranch and can be scheduled when convenient. See what's included for gear information. Open to Advanced Open Water Divers aged 15 and up.
The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you've been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up! Dive light rental is $30 if needed and see what's included for other gear information. This is a three dive specialty typically conducted in one evening, starting diving at twilight, and ending around 10 PM. Open to Certified Divers aged 12 and up.
Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices. As an intro to cave diver, Christopher really enjoys teaching students how to be safe in an overhead environment. You will learn advanced buoyancy techniques, how to penetrate a wreck safely, and how to use specialized equipment such as reels and finger spools, which are provided for use, but please see what's included for other gear. This is a fantastic two-day four-dive course! Open to Advanced Open Water divers aged 15 and up.
It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you've ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success and good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun. Use of lift bags and ropes are provided for use and please see what's included for other gear. This is a two-day four-dive specialty. Open to Advanced Open Water Divers aged 12 and up.
Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you're going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way. Please see what's included for gear information. This is a three dive specialty conducted on one lake day. Open to Certified Divers 12 and up.
Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you'll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure. Please see what's included for gear information. This is a two dive specialty conducted on one lake day. Open to Certified Divers aged 10 and up.
“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the Fish Identification Specialty course. You'll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics. This course uses the knowledge review from the Advanced Open Water Book. If you need a book, it is available for $65. Please see what's included for gear information. This is a two dive specialty conducted on one lake day. Open to Certified Divers aged 10 and up.
Much of the world's best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you've never made a boat dive or you've logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site. This specialty requires two dives completed locally at Twin Vee Key with a $10 boat fee payable at the park. Please see what's included for gear information. Open to Open Water Divers Aged 10 and up.
Classes fees cover learning materials, classroom, pool and/or lakeside instruction, applicable dives, and certification cards.
eLearning: Some classes have PADI eLearning available for a $100 additional fee, substituting a multimedia experience for books and classroom sessions. This might make it easier to complete a course if your schedule is especially busy! If best for you, select the e-learning option when paying for your class and we will set-up access in PADI's e-learning system. Please do not sign-up for e-learning on PADI's website.
Open Water Classes: Scuba gear use of BCDs, weights, regulators, and computers are included throughout the Open Water Diver class Wetsuits are provided for individuals up to 220 pounds as sizes above that are custom. During their lake weekend, Open Water Diver students may continue to use the gear at no charge for continuing education or specialty courses. Tanks are provided for pool sessions. For lake dives, students will rent/fill them at The Scuba Ranch or pay an additional fee for OCD Divers to coordinate.
Other Classes: You may bring your own gear or add a' $49 daily for a BCD, regulator set, and computer. Tank and weight use is $29 a day. Air fills during the rental period are the diver's responsibility. Some classes include use of specialized gear or have specialized gear available for an additional fee, as noted in each class description.
Personal gear such as masks, snorkels, booties, fins, and wetsuits are required and not provided for use with a class.
Lake entry fees, lake tank and weight rentals/air fills, transportation, lodging, meals, and miscellaneous expenses are not included in course fees.
All courses must be completed as scheduled and are not refundable due to absence or inability to perform the required standards. We will attempt to accommodate students who miss due to an unforeseen event, or need extra time, however a $150 fee for each three hour block of additional lake or pool time will apply if unable to work-in with other classes.
A 10% OCD Divers Class Discount is Available for:
Add These Certification Classes with your Open Water or Advanced and save $30 tuition each:
Add Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care to Rescue Diver and get Emergency Oxygen Provider $60 off.
Through our partnership with Lone Star Scuba, a gear discount is available to OCD Divers' students and is a great way to get your mask, snorkel, booties, fins, and accessories. A discount is especially helpful for full scuba gear purchases!