From beginner to expert, we offer dive training
courses tailored to your specific needs and interests. Our PADI dive
courses are available at a variety of times and places...check our
calendar to see our regular schedule, or call us to make special
arrangements. There's something here for everyone who's
interested in exploring all the adventures scuba diving offers.
Always wondered whether scuba diving
is for you? Join us for a Discover Scuba introduction to diving.
We'll outfit you with real scuba equipment, teach you some basic dive
techniques and safety procedures, then take you for a dive in the
It's great fun. Bring your swim suit, towel and your spirit
of adventure. We'll do the rest. Discover Scuba Intros are held
monthly at the Jim Barnett Memorial Pool in Winchester, VA. Check our
calendar for dates, and let us know ahead of time when you plan to be
there so we can be sure to have equipment ready for you to dive.
Call 540-539-1615 or email to SCUBA@visuallink.com
to reserve your space or if you have questions.
OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE
This is where the fun really begins-- the PADI Open Water Diver Course gives you the skills and knowledge you need
to be a certified, competent, confident beginner recreational diver, the first step on your road to
diving fun and adventure.
Open Water Diver
training is done in two parts--academics/confined water training and open
In the first
portion, you'll complete four classroom sessions
designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to dive
safely. After each classroom session you'll jump in the pool and start
diving. During the pool dives, our highly trained and experienced
dive staff give you one-on-one instruction to apply what you've just
learned in the classroom. We regularly conduct this training on Wednesday evenings at the
Jim Barnett Memorial Park Pool in Winchester, Va,
(As a mobile
dive center we're also able to bring training to you and can arrange
to conduct the confined water classes at suitable locations off-site when there are sufficient divers
interested. We've done classes at Wisp Resort, Clarke County Pool,
Scout camps, even home pools. Ask for more information .)
time-challenged, or need flexibility in your class schedule, see
"Independent Study" below. We have several options available
to meet your needs.)
mastered the basics in confined water training, you're ready to graduate from the
pool to real open water, where you'll complete four training
dives, usually over two days on a weekend. Depending on the season,
and your interests, these dives can either be completed in this area at
our training site at Mt. Storm Lake, WV, or can be accomplished on one of
our instructor escorted trips in the Florida Keys or Caribbean..
On completion of your open water dives, you'll be
certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, ready to begin your diving
adventures here and abroad with skill and confidence.
The open water course fee includes tuition, textbook, training log, dive
certification fees . Also included are air fills, scuba equipment
(except personal items), and pool fees. You'll need to provide personal
equipment such as mask, snorkel, fins, boots, and a weight belt. These items must be of
suitable quality to withstand the diving environment--some snorkeling gear may not be
acceptable. We stock a complete line of scuba gear, including
personal items , for purchase at very competitive prices. A very
limited supply of equipment is available for rental..
**You may see OW courses advertised for less.
Generally, that's because they do not include the total package we
offer. When comparing, be sure to ask whether the course fee
includes fees for pool or open water site admission, additional
charges for open water dive instruction, etc. Give us a call and we'll
be happy to help you compare packages.
If it's difficult for you to make a commitment to
weekly classes, we can arrange an independent study program to fit
your schedule. You'll use the textbook and video to complete the
academic portion on your own, then arrange a convenient time to meet
with instructor to review your work and complete the final test.
Pool dive training will, of course, need to be completed by special
arrangement on four Wednesday nights we're at the Jim Barnett Memorial
Pool, and your open water training dives either at Mt. Storm Lake or
on a dive travel trip. We'll make every attempt to accommodate your
schedule. Call us at 540-5391615 to discuss possibilities.
Course fee: $599.00,
ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE
The PADI Advanced Open Water offers new, and experienced open water
divers the opportunity to bring your diving skills to a new level of
mastery so you can fully enjoy all that diving has to offer. For
example, the Advanced certification lets you dive to new depths--130 feet
instead of the 60 foot limit for open water divers. You'll can
fine-tune buoyancy and navigation or boat diving skills so you'll be comfortably
in control when you take advantage of dive travel opportunities.
To participate in the PADI Advanced Open Water program you must be a certified open water
diver. You'll do 5 dives under instructor supervision, with only a minimal amount of
class time. Your dives will include a deep dive, navigation dive, and
three elective dives
decided by you and your instructor based on your interests.
Your Advanced OW dives can be completed at our Mt.
Storm Lake training site, or on any of our scheduled dive trips to the
Keys or the Caribbean.
The course fees include textbook, slate, certification card and
instructor supervision at the dive site. There are NO additional charges. (Some
dive centers offer a lower initial price, but charge extra for your
Equipment required for this
class includes full scuba equipment w/ alternate air source, compass, dive knife, dive
watch or bottom timer, and a whistle. Scuba tanks and
refills are available at the dive site. By this time, you'll probably
have purchased your own scuba equipment, but we do have a limited
supply of rental gear. You will, of course, have to provide your own
mask, fins, snorkel, boots and weight belt.
RESCUE DIVER COURSE
The PADI rescue diver course prepares you to help prevent, and if
necessary, manage dive emergencies, minor and major, with a variety of
techniques. What you learn not only helps you help others, it also
emphasizes self-rescue techniques and will greatly improve your skill
and confidence as a diver. If you're serious about diving, this
course is a must.
You must be
certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver and have completed an
Emergency First Responder course to participate in Rescue Diver
training. The course requires both intensive classroom study and open
water exercises where you'll practice handling a number of real-life
full scuba equipment w/
alternate air source, dive knife, compass, and a whistle. Course fees include book, dive
accident slate, certification card as well your two-day open water
exercises with tanks and air refills.
Course fee $195.00
EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDER COURSE WITH AED
Often, life versus death or complete recovery versus long-term
disability lies with a layperson first responder providing care between
the emergency's onset and the arrival of professional medical personnel.
The PADI EFR course teaches basic first aid, CPR and AED (Automated
Electronic Defibrillation) so you can assist an injured person until emergency
medical services can arrive. This course, which will serve you well in
everyday life as well as in diving, is a prerequisite for many of the more advanced
PADI courses such as Rescue Diver. Course fees include all books and
materials, plus hands-on training in emergency techniques. After completion you will
receive a PADI EFR certification good for two years.
**This course is
not limited to divers, but available also to any interested
Course fee $125.00
NOTE: ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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