Now is a great time to learn to scuba dive. Start your Open Water certification course today. Scuba lessons also make GREAT gifts! 

There are three main phases of the PADI Open Water diver course: knowledge development, confined water dives and open water dives. You start with learning the basics either online or with a combined approach of studying at home and visiting our classroom.

Confined water sessions consist of 2-3 pool sessions in a swimming pool to master your scuba skills. After that, you’ll enjoy the adventure of your first four open water dives (in a scuba lake or ocean). These four certification dives can be completed with us locally, on a One Ocean Scuba group trip, or on your own vacation with any PADI facility in the world. Locally, we use scuba lake facilities in Virginia and Pennsylvania. After completion you will be a certifed PADI Open Water diver! This is a lifetime certification and is recognized worldwide. 

Start today!  Pick up your textbook package at the shop, or start Online by choosing the PADI eLearning link below.

eLearning Open Water


The staff at One Ocean Scuba will help you select the appropriate personal gear package for the kind of diving you will do. Trying this gear on before you buy it is ipmortant so we can help you be sure it's a perfect fit. Leaky masks and fins that pinch your toes are no fun! Personal gear packages, consisting of a mask, snorkel, boots and fins, are available at a student discount. We will provide the rest of the scuba gear you need for the course, including tanks, weights, regulators, buoyancy control device, and a wetsuit.

Want to Learn More than the Basics? Take the Master Scuba Diver Challenge instead. It's the Open Water Course and SO. MUCH. MORE!