Open Water Class Schedule

2018 Dates

Mar. 8, 9 (Class/Pool); 10, 11 (Springs)

Mar. 22, 23 (Class/Pool); 24, 25 (Springs)

Apr. 12, 13 (Class/Pool); 14, 15 (Springs)

Apr. 26, 27 (Class/Pool); 28, 29 (Springs)

May 3, 4 (Class/Pool); 5, 6 (Springs)

May 17, 18 (Class/Pool); 19, 20 (Springs)

Jun. 7, 8 (Class/Pool); 9, 10 (Springs)

Jun. 14, 15 (Class/Pool); 16, 17 (Springs)

Jun. 21, 22 (Class/Pool); 23, 24 (Springs)

Jul. 5, 6 (Class/Pool); 7, 8 (Springs)

Jul. 12, 13 (Class/Pool); 14, 15 (Springs)

Jul. 26, 27 (Class/Pool); 28, 29 (Springs)

Aug. 9, 10 (Class/Pool); 11, 12 (Springs)

Aug. 16, 17 (Class/Pool); 18, 19 (Springs)

Aug. 30, 31 (Class/Pool); Sep. 1, 2 (Springs)

Sep. 13, 14 (Class/Pool); 15, 16 (Springs)

Sep. 27, 28 (Class/Pool); 29, 30 (Springs)


Important Message For New Divers

 

It is imperative that new divers realize the importance of a thorough learning experience. Some of our competitors offer an expedited class, rushing through the entire course in a single two-day weekend. While this time frame may be very appealing, it is not very conducive to learning the ins-and-outs of being a SAFE diver. Our class structure allows us to address each student's needs by providing a slower paced, more thorough learning experience. If you have already completed an expedited class, and you do not feel comfortable with your learning experience, we encourage you to contact us so we can provide you with some remedial training during one of our scheduled Open Water Diver classes.



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Learn to dive today with a PADI Open Water Diver Certification.

We are Jacksonville's only full service PADI Dive Center.

First Coast Divers has been serving the North Florida/South Georgia community for more than a decade. Our reputation has lead us to achieve the PADI 5-Star Dive Center designation. Our PADI instructors are some of the most experienced professionals in our community. We are dedicated to providing the safest, most thorough training experience while also building a strong, trusting relationship between student & instructor.

Class Sizes & Instructor Continuity: Don’t get lost in the crowd!

We offer small class sizes so each student receives thorough instruction. And, unlike other competitors, we do not team-teach our open water classes. You will have the same instructor from start to finish!

Learning Pace: Don't be fooled by an expedited class schedule! Our classes are conducted in a manner that allows plenty of individual attention and thorough instruction.

Our Training Gear: All of our training gear is high quality Aqua Lung gear and is standardized for all students. Your training gear will either be new or in like-new condition. Every year, we sell-off our instructional gear and replace it with new gear. Rest assured, you will only train with the latest and best maintained gear available. Furthermore, in keeping with our practice of training students with the most current dive gear available, all of our training BCD’s are weight integrated.

padiWhat is PADI?

PADI stands for the Professional Association of Dive Instructors. It is the world's largest and most recognized dive certification agency on the planet. PADI instructors have been safely guiding divers below the surface for over 50 years. PADI enables the world to achieve their diving goals via the safest and most comprehensive dive curriculum on earth. We achieve this by setting the highest standards for dive training in the world.

PADI…The Way The World Learns to Dive! Train with the best. Train with the best instructors & achieve the most recognized dive certification in the world!

Pricing Options

We have 2 pricing options to meet the needs of our students:

Preferred Format: $429

Thurs-Fri Evening, Sat-Sun Dive Days
This format utilizes the dynamic PADI eLearning program for the Knowledge Development portion of your class. Work at your own pace with this convenient, interactive study option. Complete your entire Knowledge Development at home! This also includes completing all your quizzes and final exam.

Budget Format: $359

Wed-Fri Evening, Sat-Sun Dive Days
Complete the PADI lessons and homework in the Open Water Diver manual. All homework assignments must be completed and turned in to us at least 2 days prior to the Wed. evening class. During the class, we will conduct a knowledge review followed by all the quizzes and final exam.

*Beginning on the May 17-20 class rotation, all Budget Format students will be required to attend the Wed. evening classroom session at FCD from 6pm-9pm.

What's included with tuition?

- Instruction by one of our insured PADI certified instructors. -eLearner program access for Preferred format
students or issue of PADI Open Water Diver manual for Budget format.
- Personal diver’s logbook & eRDPML electronic dive planner -Use of like-new Aqua Lung regulator, dive computer,
BCD & wetsuit.
- All air tanks needed during class.
- Entrance fees to Devil's Den & Rainbow River
- PADI Certification card upon completion of class

What do students need to provide?

- SCUBA mask, fins, snorkel, lead weight & gear bag.
- We do not provide transportation. Students will be responsible for their own transportation.
- Swimsuit to wear underneath wetsuit.
- All minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

learn to scuba diveClass Overview

Below is the itinerary of our PADI Open Water Diver courses. But please keep in mind that all students need to sign-up beforehand so you will have plenty of time to complete your home study prior to the start of the class. Also…our classes do sell-out. So the sooner you enroll the quicker you secure your spot!

Wednesday Evening 6 PM-9 PM: Classroom session at FCD (Budget format only).
Thursday Evening 6 PM-9 PM: SCUBA/Class Introduction & Gear Fitting session at FCD.
Friday Evening 5:30 PM-10PM: Pool session at Good Shepherd Pool for Con ned Water Dives 1-3.
Saturday All Day 9 AM-5 PM: Dive Day 1 at Devil's Den Springs. Open Water Dives 1 & 2, Confined Water Dives 4-5.
Sunday Half Day 8 AM-2 PM: Dive Day 2 at Rainbow River Springs. Open Water Dives 3 & 4.

That's it, you're all finished! Now get back out there and keep diving!

For full details on the Open Water Diver course, click here.

Class Options & Add-Ons

Student Gear Purchase Discount: Gear up with your own personal basic scuba gear prior to the start of your class.
We have a wonderful selection of high quality products for you choose from. Our knowledgable staff will help you choose the gear that’s right for you. Student divers automatically receive a 10% off their initial purchase of any personal basic gear needed.

All Inclusive Gear Option: Great for students who don’t own and/or don't want to buy any of their personal basic gear. We will furnish the use of a mask, snorkel, fins, booties, lead weight & gear bag for the student to use during class. $75 upgrade.

PADI Nitrox Speciality Class w/ PADI eLearning: Want more bottom time with your diving? Then enroll in the Nitrox class in conjunction with your PADI Open Water Diver class and save $25 off the regular price of the Nitrox class tuition.

Optional Hotel Stay (not available for all classes): The dive sites we use on Sat. & Sun. are approx. 100-130 miles away. We reserve rooms at a hotel near the dive sites for Sat. night. We recommend staying at the hotel because you will be tired on Sat. and this will save you from driving back & forth. $69.95 per room. (Students can share rooms.)


2018 Class Schedule

We have many options to start your ultimate adventure! Below are the dates we have available for the Open Water course.

All the dates listed below are for our standard Thurs-Sun class format. Please keep in mind that beginning with the May 17-20, 2018 class rotation, all "Budget Format" students will need to attend the Wed. evening classroom session from 6-9pm the day before the Thursday start of the class.

Mar. 8, 9 (Class/Pool); 10, 11 (Springs)

Mar. 22, 23 (Class/Pool); 24, 25 (Springs)

Apr. 12, 13 (Class/Pool); 14, 15 (Springs)

Apr. 26, 27 (Class/Pool); 28, 29 (Springs)

May 3, 4 (Class/Pool); 5, 6 (Springs)

May 17, 18 (Class/Pool); 19, 20 (Springs)

Jun. 7, 8 (Class/Pool); 9, 10 (Springs)

Jun. 14, 15 (Class/Pool); 16, 17 (Springs)

Jun. 21, 22 (Class/Pool); 23, 24 (Springs)

Jul. 5, 6 (Class/Pool); 7, 8 (Springs)

Jul. 12, 13 (Class/Pool); 14, 15 (Springs)

Jul. 26, 27 (Class/Pool); 28, 29 (Springs)

Aug. 9, 10 (Class/Pool); 11, 12 (Springs)

Aug. 16, 17 (Class/Pool); 18, 19 (Springs)

Aug. 30, 31 (Class/Pool); Sep. 1, 2 (Springs)

Sep. 13, 14 (Class/Pool); 15, 16 (Springs)

Sep. 27, 28 (Class/Pool); 29, 30 (Springs)


For more information on specific dates the Open Water Diver classes are held, please check our calendar.

Private Classes

Private classes are a great option for individuals with unique work schedules, who can't take weekends off, need a last minute certification for an upcoming vacation, or would just prefer the comfort of a smaller, more personal class. Whatever your situation, we will work with you to create a custom schedule that fits your needs and wants.

The prices listed below are based on our Preferred Format with the PADI eLearning:

1-Person Class: $1500
2-Person Class: $750 each
3-Person Class: $650 each
4-Person Class: $550 each
5+ Person Class: $429 each

 

Ready to start your adventure? It's easy!

You can give us a call, stop by for a visit at our shop, or fill out an online registration form and one of our representatives will be in touch with you shortly!

*Please keep in mind that pre-registration is important so that you have plenty of time to complete your homework.

For folks on a budget, we are happy to accept a $200 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit (includes study materials) securing your spot in the scheduled class in which you wish to participate. Remaining balance is due at the start of your class.

Sign up now!