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7940 N. Flint Hill Road, Owings, MD 20736

© 2018 by The Amazing Ocean

"THE BEST WAY TO OBSERVE A FISH IS TO BECOME A FISH."

- Jacques Yves Cousteau

Getting Started

 
So you want to learn to dive and you're not sure where to start?  The PADI system of dive education gives you several excellent options!
Many choose to start with a Try Scuba session, where you learn some of the basics and spend it an hour or so experience the excitement of breathing underwater in a swimming pool.  Try Scuba does not provide you with a certification, but gives you a wonderful opportunity to try diving in a cost-effective and obligation-free way.
If you feel you're ready to jump right into a certification course, the PADI Open Water Diver course is your best choice.  Divers starting at age 10, can become certified open water divers. The course can be structured several ways, including online self-study for the required knowledge development components.  With online learning, you complete that portion of the class before we begin to work together on the pool and open water training components.  Our private instruction allows the PADI Open Water Diver course can be customized to your needs and schedule.  Give us a call and we can explore your goals and design a course structure that works for you!
A subset of the open water course called PADI Scuba Diver is also an option.  This course has some advantages, particularly for children who may not be ready for the full academics, but is a restricted certification level and not qualified for independent diving.
Start your home study now!
 
With PADI’s eLearning option you can start learning right away! PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. Click the "Buy Now" button above and get started now!

PADI Open Water Diver Online - $190

It's important to understand that getting your Open Water Diver certification establishes a basic level of knowledge and experience for a new diver.  It's always beneficial to continue your dive education to further develop your skills.  Advancing your skills helps you enjoy your dives more, and to dive with more comfort and safety. 
One great option is to begin the Advanced Open Water Diver course.  In the AOW, you will learn to fine tune your buoyancy control, develop underwater navigation skills and take part in an exhilarating deep dive.  The course is designed around five open water dives which include these requisite dives and two additional student selected dives such as night or wreck dives.
If you really want to specialize in any of these areas, these dives credit as your first dive for the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.   It's another great way to develop your skills, experience and knowledge!

Continuing Education

 
 

Specialty Courses

One of the great ways to expand your dive education and experience - and to open doors to new adventures - is through PADI Specialty Courses.  We offer a variety of course options locally and in conjunction with our dive travel opportunities.  
PADI Specialties include exciting classes like Project Aware Coral Reef Conservation and Fish Identification, Underwater Photography, Deep Diver, Cavern Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Night Diver and Wreck Diver - just to name a few.  Please give us a call or send us an email and we can provide you more information about specialty education and the help you make the best choices based on your dive career goals!
 
As a citizen and a diver, it's important to be familiar with basic first aid (secondary care) and the essential techniques to perform CPR (primary care).  We offer the comprehensive Emergency First Response course to divers and non-divers alike. 
Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a nonstressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.
The Amazing Ocean offers individual and group training.  It's a great program for churches, day-care centers, recreation programs and others, so please click on the more "more info" link and we can work on putting together the right program for you!

First Aid and CPR