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: $165.00 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

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 that you have a clear medical questionnaire form (latter provided by Portsmouth Scuba). However, it is highly recommended that you have logged 30-60 dives. 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 (20%) 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 (20%) 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 (20%) 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.