PADI Open Water

Classes are taught at Eureka College, Bradley University in Peoria; Lincoln College, and also Bloomington if enough interest.  Additional sites may be available.  Staff at Aqua Diving School can work with your schedule if needed. Private or semi-private sessions are available.  Family discounts.  Individual cost for the PADI Open Water class is $180 ($210 for semiprivate).

Regular scheduled classes consist of 2 to five sessions. Classes are split between class and pool time. Course can be completed in one weekend. All students vary in their comfort level in the water and our staff is aware that more or less time may be needed for students to complete the course.  You can watch your own PADI DVD which will shorten your class time.  They are excellent for review.  All scuba equipment is provided in the class. Books can be purchased at our store or they can be sent.  Mask, fins, snorkel, and boots can also be purchased at our store or they can be rented for a small fee for the class.  If not sure about a purchase try the equipment in the water first.  The rental can be applied to purchase if done before the certification dives.  $20 rental charge will give you up to $40 credit towards purchase.  Receive a six months subscription of Dive Trainer with this class.

Certification dives consist of four open water dives for which there is a one time fee. Expect some additional trip costs.  These dives can be completed locally, on one of our popular Bull Shoals trips, or weekend trips to MermetHaig Quarry,and Chillicothe Rec.  During the winter months training dives can be completed in Mermet Springs, Bonne Terre Mine (Minimum of 4 students needed) or on an ocean trip.   They can also be completed on one of our fantastic Caribbean trips, or a referral package can be obtained if you have ocean trip which is not accompanied by one of our instructors.   See ocean trips. Students must arrange to pick up their scuba equipment for their training dives.

Class Cost:

Cost for the classroom and confined water training including all scuba equipment, $180.  Books and DVDs are available for purchase at Aqua Diving School or they can be sent to you.  There is a rental charge of $20 for the snorkeling equipment.  $35-40 will be credited back when you purchase your own mask, fins, snorkel, and boots from Aqua Diving School. Certification dives which includes four open water dives, scuba equipment, and card is only $125.

Class Dates:

Additional classes can be arranged to accommodate your schedule. See private/on-line classes.  Can arrange classes in Bloomington area.  Number of sessions is flexible.  We have instructors that are available during the day as well.

  • Classes arranged at Peoria Central Pool, Lincoln, Bradley, Bloomington, or private pools.
  • Private or semiprivate scuba classes weekends or during the week: evening or daytime.  Weekend classes meet most of the day Saturday and finish up on Sunday or Monday evening.  Other combination are possible.
  • August 20  class at Central Park pool in Peoria and Aqua Diving School.
  • September 2-3 weekend  tentative at Central Park Pool and Aqua Diving School.
  • September 9-10 weekend  at Central Park Pool and Aqua Diving School.
  • September weeknight class.
  • October at Central Park Pool and Aqua Diving School.
  • Call to arrange for additional class dates.

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