The certification process consists of independent study, knowledge review, pool skill development, and four open-water training dives.
You can complete the independent study requirements using the PADI eLearning program at your leisure. Estimated time to complete the independent study is 10-15 hours. The PADI eLearning program is included in our course fees.
Knowledge Review and Pool Skill Development
Your instructor will go over what you have learned through independent study, eLearning, and then give you a mini quiz. You'll then practice scuba skills in the pool. Knowledge review and skill development sessions take place at one of the many pool locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and we teach every weekend from approximately 10am-5pm depending on location. See our schedule below.
Open Water Training
You will have to complete four instructor-supervised dives over two days. From May through October, you can complete your open-water training dives at a local quarry with Atlantic Edge. During the rest of the year, you can complete your training on a vacation or on one of our many group trips.
Why Learn to Scuba with Atlantic Edge?
When can you start? Part One - Class & Pool
We offer classes each weekend in several locations in the Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia area. Class times usually are from 10am to 5pm depending on the location.
Check out locations and schedule below.
How much does it cost?
The Learn to Scuba knowledge development (eLearning), review, and pool instruction is $395 and includes:
Open Water Training Dives
If your plan is to complete your Open Water Training Dives locally, the dives are usually conducted at Hyde’s Quarry in Westminster, Maryland. Training dives take place on a Saturday and Sunday where you will complete two dives each day for a total of four open water dives. Cost of all four training dives is $249. Check out information on training dives here.
Are You Ready Now To Learn How To Scuba Dive? How to Sign Up!
Just pick a date and location from our list below and we’ll email you a eLearning code and information during our normal business hours Monday through Saturday.
Once you complete these steps you are certified for life! It is then time to join us at the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the best local dive around, or on one of our many dive trips to an exotic destination. Learning to dive opens a world of opportunities most will only dream of. Imagine exploring a coral reef, discovering shipwrecks, taking under water photographs, and much more!
Atlantic Edge conducts the class and pool skills in one day, but that does not mean everyone can complete it in one day, or may just wish to spend extra time in the pool to gain even more confidence and experience. We offer our students the opportunity to repeat the entire 4 hour pool session for $25 as many times as you need within 30 days of your class. That way, those that can complete the skills in one day are all set to go to the next step. Those that wish to practice some more can attend another session. Check out our testimonials. We want all of our students to be safe and confident divers.
Learn to Dive Paperwork
|Start Date||End Date||Places Available||Location|
|21 Oct 2017||21 Oct 2017||4||Annapolis Ymca Pool|
|22 Oct 2017||22 Oct 2017||4||Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool|
|29 Oct 2017||29 Oct 2017||2||Randallstown Ymca Pool|
|04 Nov 2017||04 Nov 2017||8||Annapolis Ymca Pool|
|05 Nov 2017||05 Nov 2017||2||Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)|
|05 Nov 2017||05 Nov 2017||4||Ellicott City Ymca Pool|
|11 Nov 2017||11 Nov 2017||8||Catonsville Ymca Pool|
|12 Nov 2017||12 Nov 2017||7||Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool|
|18 Nov 2017||18 Nov 2017||8||Annapolis Ymca Pool|
|19 Nov 2017||19 Nov 2017||8||Frederick Hood College Pool|
|26 Nov 2017||26 Nov 2017||4||Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool|
|26 Nov 2017||26 Nov 2017||4||Randallstown Ymca Pool|
|02 Dec 2017||02 Dec 2017||8||Annapolis Ymca Pool|
|03 Dec 2017||03 Dec 2017||8||Ellicott City Ymca Pool|
|03 Dec 2017||03 Dec 2017||8||Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)|
|09 Dec 2017||09 Dec 2017||8||Catonsville Ymca Pool|
|10 Dec 2017||10 Dec 2017||8||Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool|
|16 Dec 2017||16 Dec 2017||8||Annapolis Ymca Pool|
|17 Dec 2017||17 Dec 2017||8||Frederick Hood College Pool|
|06 Jan 2018||06 Jan 2018||8||Annapolis Ymca Pool|
|07 Jan 2018||07 Jan 2018||8||Ellicott City Ymca Pool|
|13 Jan 2018||13 Jan 2018||8||Catonsville Ymca Pool|
|14 Jan 2018||14 Jan 2018||8||Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool|
|20 Jan 2018||20 Jan 2018||8||Annapolis Ymca Pool|
|21 Jan 2018||21 Jan 2018||8||Frederick Hood College Pool|
|28 Jan 2018||28 Jan 2018||8||Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool|
|03 Feb 2018||03 Feb 2018||8||Annapolis Ymca Pool|
|04 Feb 2018||04 Feb 2018||8||Ellicott City Ymca Pool|
|10 Feb 2018||10 Feb 2018||8||Catonsville Ymca Pool|
|11 Feb 2018||11 Feb 2018||8||Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool|
|17 Feb 2018||17 Feb 2018||8||Annapolis Ymca Pool|