You must be in good physical
health, complete and sign all medical forms and releases, and sign
a Student Learning Contract. The minimum age requirement
is 10 years of age. Children under the age of 12 should
be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For our
younger divers between the ages of 8 to 12 we offer Scuba
Rangers. There is no maximum age, but good general
health is required.
With our exclusive "Comfort Through Repetition"
teaching method, it is easy to build your knowledge and learn the
safety rules that must be followed to dive safely. Our professional teaching system includes
a manual, a training DVD or video, dive tables, and a student registration
You attend up to six classroom sessions and
up to five pool training sessions, where you learn and demonstrate
scuba skills to your instructor. You may also choose
to study on your own. The maximum Open Water class size
is 10 students, plus your instructor and teaching assistants.
The ability to feel comfortable in the water is stressed more than
endurance. A swimming evaluation consists of four laps
of the pool.
Some of the scuba diving skills you will learn include:
- Moving in the water with ease
- Breathing normally underwater
- Controlling your buoyancy so you neither descend nor ascend
- The easiest ways to enter and exit the water
- Getting water out of your mask, and mask clearing
For your pool training sessions, you will need to have a scuba mask,
adjustable fins, dive boots, snorkel, and logbook. An optional
equipment bag will help keep all of your gear well organized.
During pool training sessions, some students prefer to wear either
a full-length or "shorty" three millimeter thick wetsuit
for added warmth.
Mask, fins, snorkel, logbook items are also available individually.
During your open water training dives you will need a scuba equipment
package that includes, a seven millimeter wetsuit with hood and
gloves, two scuba tanks, a regulator set, depth and pressure gauges,
a buoyancy compensator, and a weight belt. Scuba Venture
students, attending their open water training dives, can rent a
basic equipment package from us at a special discounted price. If
you would like to use scuba equipment that you may already own,
please contact us so we can make sure it is suitable.
Becoming a certified scuba diver
After your classroom and pool training sessions, you must
pass a written certification test. You then attend two
days of open water training dives at either Dutch
Springs, or Willow
Springs scuba diving parks. During open water training,
you demonstrate what you have learned in the classroom and pool. You
may also choose to complete your open water training dives during
one of our exciting diving vacations.
A Certified Scuba Diver for Life
Upon successful completion of your classroom training, pool training
sessions and open water training dives, an SSI Open Water Diver
certification card will be awarded, and you will be a certified
scuba diver for life!
Scuba Venture certifies divers with Scuba
Schools International (SSI), one of the largest certification
agencies in the world. If you need to be certified through
a specific agency, or plan to do your open water training dives
at a location other than Scuba Venture, please let us know.
Both private, semi-private, and home study programs
For more information, please call us at 610-678-2688 or email
So that you can continue to build your skills, and have even more
fun diving, Scuba Venture offers many additional
training opportunities. And we can recommend a high-quality scuba equipment package that is right
How much does it cost? Click here