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Discover Scuba Diving
Who should try this experience?

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe and feel weightlessness while swimming underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t sure that you’re ready to take the steps towards becoming a certified diver, PADI Discover Scuba Diving is a great way to find out whether or not scuba is for you. Discover Scuba Diving will provide the basic experience and knowledge to make an informed decision. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to some of the fundamental skills of scuba diving under the guidance and supervision of an experienced PADI instructor.

Prerequisites:

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health. Prior to the experience, we will provide you with PADI’s Medical Questionnaire to ascertain you are fit for diving.

What will you learn?

Your training begins in a classroom setting, followed by learning and practicing diving skill in shallow water. Once you have successfully demonstrated some easy-to-master skills, you will move on to deeper water, free to play and explore the underwater world, all under the supervision of an instructor. If you choose to make an open water dive (such as in a lake or ocean) after your pool session, you’ll need to practice a few more skills in shallow water in preparation for this additional adventure.

What scuba gear will you use?

The basic scuba gear consists of mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a tank. The student is responsible for supplying mask, snorkel, fins, bathing suit, towel, and transportation to and from the dive location. Please call or stop in Portsmouth Scuba if you need assistance fitting for snorkel, mask and fins.   All other gear will be provided by Portsmouth Scuba.

Cost

Cost: $125.00 Cost Includes:

 

  1. Course Booklet

  2. PADI PIC (PADI Certification Application)

  3. Instructor (Classroom and Pool or Open Water)

  4. One classroom session

  5. One Confined or Open Water session

  6. Free Rental gear: Tanks, BCD, Regulator, weights, wet-suite, hood and gloves

Cost does not include:

  1. Mask

  2. Snorkel

  3. Boots

  4. Fins

Next Steps
  • Read the FAQs listed on our website.

  • Browse the PADI website (e.g., FAQs, Course Catalog, etc.)

  • Sign up for our PADI Instructor led Discover Scuba Diving experience.

  • Once you’ve completed the PADI DSD, enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver Course and start your training to become a certified diver.

View Our Payment and Cancellation Requirements

PADI Open Water Diver Course
 
Who should take this course?

If you’ve always wanted to scuba dive, experience unparalleled adventure, and see the world beneath the surface, this is where the excitement and passion begins. Portsmouth Scuba offers PADI diving courses. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. If you’ve taken part in introductory scuba experiences (commonly known as “resort courses” or “Discover Scuba”), you are most likely aware that the best opportunities in diving await those who are basic open water or higher certification. This is your first step towards earning your Open Water Diver certification, commonly known as a “certified diver.” At Portsmouth Scuba, we have experienced professional divers who can answer your questions.

 

Prerequisites:

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. Children ages 10 to 14 can qualify for Junior Certification, which requires they dive with an adult until age 15. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. The key requirements are that you be able to swim 200 yards/meters (no time limit, any stroke); or 300 yards/meters with mask, fins, and snorkel (no time limit). You also need to be able to tread water for ten minutes (i.e., if you can honestly answer NO to all the questions on the Medical History Form). Divers are widely diverse in age and physical condition. There are even special programs to help paraplegics and quadriplegics experience the underwater world. More than anything else, it just takes the desire.

 

What will you learn?

You will learn to scuba dive within the constraints of successfully completing the PADI Open Water certification course. The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

 

  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving (Conducted in a classroom setting)

  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills (Conducted in a pool)

  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore (conducted in fresh/salt water)

 

How can you start learning now?

Within past few years, a “beginning scuba” class could drag on for weeks. Today, people value their free time and few neither have the luxury of that kind of time— nor is it needed. With PADI’s unique self-study materials, the adventure begins the moment you sign up. You will be able to easily complete most of the necessary academic learning when and where it is convenient and at your own pace. Portsmouth Scuba offers three choices for completing the necessary self-study: Enroll in Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – and 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. Get started now! You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Stop by your local PADI dive shop to enroll in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.

 

What scuba gear will you use?

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water. Check with Portsmouth Scuba about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Instructor.

Pool and Open Water Dive Information

Each class is made up of one and a half hours classroom time and one and a half hours pool time.

Be sure you have purchased your mask, snorkel, and fins prior to the start of the first class.  You will also be supplied with a BCD, regulator and weights for the pool work.

The location for classroom and pool time is:

Dover Indoor Swimming Pool
9 Henry Law Ave
Dover, NH 03820

 

You will be taught the skills needed to become a successful diver through a review of reading materials, video demonstrations and active discussion with your instructor and classmates.  The second half of the class will be spent in the pool practicing the skills that will make your dive experience safe and enjoyable.

Once you have completed the bookwork and the pool skills you are ready to advance your skills in the open water.

Water in New England stays cool enough to require exposure suits to be worn so you will need to get fitted for a wetsuit, hood, and gloves prior to the open water dives.

The final exam will be conducted on the Friday following the last class at this time you will be fitted for the items mentioned above.

The four open water dives are broken down into two days consisting of two dives per day.  Our local dive spot is perfect to use the skills you learned in the pool out in the open water environment.

The location for the open water dives is:

McKinney Park in Wolfeboro New Hampshire.  The park is located at the end of Clark Road in Wolfeboro.

167 Clark Road
Wolfeboro, NH 03894

Cost

Cost: $585.00 (Course Material Included*) Cost Includes:

 

  1. Course Material (Item # 60342) (Open Water Crew Pack w/eRDP & Slate)

  2. PADI PIC (PADI Certification Application/Card)

  3. Instructor (Classroom, Pool, and Open Water Sessions)

  4. Four classroom (Open Water Diver Video) and pool sessions

  5. Four open water dives

  6. Free Rental Gear: Tanks, BCD, Regulator, weights, wet-suite, hood, and gloves

 

Cost does not include:

 

  1. Mask

  2. Snorkel

  3. Boots

  4. Fins

  5. Log Book

  6. Open Water Slates

 

*If you opt to do the Open Water Part elsewhere as a referral but for some reason end up back with us for this part of the course extra fees may apply.

 

Next Step

Browse the scuba certification FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Enroll in the Portsmouth PADI Open Water Diver course and obtain course material Download the applicable forms (e.g., Medical Statement and Questionnaire) View Our Payment and Cancellation Requirements

Advanced Open Water Diver Course
 
Who Should Take This Course?

This course is the next step in your continued dive education. If you would like to improve your dive skills, learn more about different dive environments and specialty diving techniques, and become a more self reliant and independent diver, this course is for you.

Prerequisites:

The only prerequisites are that you hold a basic Open Water Diver certification and have a clear medical questionnaire form (latter provided by Portsmouth Scuba). If there are any medical conditions that are contraindicative to diving, you can have your doctor sign you off as an alternative.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn advanced and specialty dive techniques within the standards of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, conducted by a PADI Instructor. The course consists of five dives, two of which are mandatory, and the other three you may choose. The mandatory dives are a navigation dive and a deep dive. Some of the options for your other dives include peak performance buoyancy, underwater photography or videography, diving with nitrox (enriched air), wreck diving, fish/creature identification, computer/multilevel diving and underwater naturalist. Each dive has a section of book work to correspond.

How Can You Start Learning Now?

You have two options to start your coursework for your Advanced Open Water Diver Course.

 

  • Enroll in the Advanced Open Water elearning online at PADI.com and you can start right away. This way you can study at your own pace from home with an interactive online program. With this option, PADI will charge independently for the elearning.

  • PADI’s home-study materials. This is a book containing all the same information as the PADI online course. This can be obtained in our retail shop. It’s your choice- it all depends on how you learn best!

Either way, call or stop by Portsmouth Scuba to sign up.

What Scuba Gear Will You Use?

You will be using all of your standard scuba gear you’ve been using as an Open Water Diver (BCD, regulator, mask, snorkel, fins, booties, tank, etc..). Depending on what dives you choose to do, you may also use specialty gear including a dive computer, underwater compass, reel, underwater flashlight, slate, fish identification slate, underwater camera, and more.

Cost

Cost: $450.00 + 150.00 Boat dive (optional)

 

  1. Course Material (Item # 70014) PADI Adventures in Diving Manual and Adventure in Diving Data Carrier

  2. PADI PIC (PADI Certification Application)

  3. One Classroom session

  4. Five Open Water Dives

  5. Rental Discount (40%) on Tanks, BCD, Regulator, weights, wet-suite, hood and gloves

Cost does not include:

  1. Mask

  2. Snorkel

  3. Boots

  4. Fins

  5. Log Book

Next Step:

Enroll in the Portsmouth Scuba PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course and obtain course materials. Download the applicable forms (e.g. medical statement and questionnaire). View our payment and cancellation requirements.

Rescue Diver Course
 
Who Should Take This Course?

This course is strongly recommended for anyone who frequently dives with a buddy and no instructor/divemaster supervision, as well as anyone who just wishes to have a little extra security and know that they are prepared for any emergencies that may come up. This course is serious, but divers often say it is also the most fun dive course they’ve ever taken!

Prerequisites:

You must have an Advanced Open Water certification and be comfortable diving to take this course, as well as a clean bill of health on your medical questionnaire (obtained from Portsmouth Scuba) or a sign off from your doctor. You must also have a current First Aid and CPR certification, and be an emergency oxygen provider. If you do not have these qualifications, we can certify you at Portsmouth Scuba.

What Will You Learn?

In the PADI Rescue Course conducted by a PADI instructor, you will learn many different search and rescue techniques for a plethora of situations that could come up while diving, ranging from minor issues to full blow emergencies. There are three sections to the Rescue course:

 

  • Course work: You may either pick up your book at our retail shop or purchase PADI Rescue course elearning at PADI.com to complete the knowledge portion of your course.

  • Shallow water skills: Here your instructor will demonstrate and teach you how to perform various skills in shallow water and on the surface. You will then practice these skills until you show proficiency.

  • Scenarios: After you’ve mastered all skills, you will have a chance to put them into practice by responding to simulated emergencies put together by your instructor. After completion, your instructor will run through your process with you and show you where you could improve if necessary.

How Can You Start Learning Now?

To start your PADI Rescue course, call or stop by Portsmouth Scuba to enroll. Then, either pick up your book in the shop or sign up for PADI elearning to get started!

What Scuba Gear Will You Use?

You will use all standard scuba gear you’ve been using so far (BCD, Regulator, snorkel, mask, booties, fins, etc..) as well as some rescue specific gear such as a pocket mask for surface rescue breathing.

Cost

Cost: $425.00 Cost includes:

 

  1. Course Material Item # 60327 (Pocket Mask, PADI Rescue Dive Manual & Diving Accident Mgt Work Slate)

  2. PADI PIC (PADI Certification Application)

  3. One Classroom session (Rescue Diver Video

  4. Two Open Water Dives

  5. Rental Discount (40%) on Tanks, BCD, Regulator, weights, wet-suite, hood and gloves

Cost does not include:

  1. Mask

  2. Snorkel

  3. Boots

  4. Fins

  5. Log Book

Next Step:

Enroll in the Portsmouth Scuba PADI Rescue course and obtain course materials. Download the applicable forms (e.g. medical statement and questionnaire). View our payment and cancellation requirements.

Dive Refresher

Cost

Cost: $125.00

Cost includes:

  1. One classroom session

  2. One Confined or Open Water Dive session

  3. Discount (40%) on Tanks, BCD, Regulator, weights, wet-suite, hood and gloves

Cost does not include:

  1. Mask

  2. Snorkel

  3. Boots

  4. Fins

Specialty Classes
 
Who Should Take This Course?

Under Development.

Prerequisites:

Under Development.

What Will You Learn?

Under Development.

How Can You Start Learning Now?

Under Development.

What Scuba Gear Will You Use?

Under Development.

Cost

Cost: $225.00

Cost includes:

  1. PADI PIC (PADI Certification Application)

  2. Classroom sessions (if applicable)

  3. Open Water Dives (if applicable)

  4. Discount (40%) on Tanks, BCD, Regulator, weights, wet-suite, hood and gloves

Cost does not include:

  1. Course specific required equipment

  2. Mask

  3. Snorkel

  4. Boots

  5. Fins

  6. Log Book

Next Step:

Under Development.