For those looking to begin exploring the underwater world, this is where you start! If you are headed out on a cruise and want to see Grand Cayman a little differently, or if you have aspirations of being the next Jacques Cousteau, this is where your adventure begins! The 3 easy steps outlined below will have you on the path to underwater bliss in no time!
Everything starts with a trip to The Dive Shop. Your first visit is where we get all the paperwork out of the way. You'll fill out your student folder, pay for your course, and receive your PADI e-Learning Code. Students who require a medical physical prior to diving will receive their medical statement. Students will have a few hours of independent study prior to class which is outlined in your e-Learning materials.
Our class consists of two weekends. Your first weekend focuses on taking a quick review quiz and completing your pool skills. We will first meet at The Dive Shop at 9am on Saturday for class. Feel free to bring food & drinks to class with you. Please bring your Open Water Diver e-Learning Training Record with you, which you may print out from the PADI e-Learning website. Around noon we will take a break for lunch and reconvene at the pool for your first breath's underwater! We use a few local pools like the Sandston & Shady Grove YMCAs. The pool we are using depends on the weekend and facility schedules. Bring a swimsuit, towel, mask, fins, snorkel, & boots with you to the pool. We will provide the rest of the gear. Divers do receive discounts on gear if they purchase it before their pool weekend and you'll be much more comfortable in your own scuba equipment!
Once you've completed your classroom and pool training you're ready for a much larger dive site! Most of our students will continue on with us to Lake Phoenix, Virginia's #1 Scuba Park. Yup, we said Scuba Park. Just an hour or so South on Interstate 85 you'll find the best freshwater diving in 3 states. This is where you'll complete your training with four final Open Water dives. With the signing of the paperwork and the logging of the dives your instructor will look at you very proudly and say, "Congratulations you're a diver!