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Dive into the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Rockville, MD, the most renowned scuba diving certification globally, ideal for those seeking family-friendly adventures. This beginner-level course equips you with the skills to dive up to 60 feet, offering access to dive sites worldwide and establishing a foundation for lifelong underwater exploration.

💻 Includes comprehensive eLearning for theoretical understanding

🏊‍♂️ Features Confined Water Training for practical skill development (Note: Open water dives not included)

🌟 Boasts over 20 years of teaching experience as a PADI 5-Star Authorized Dive Center

🌍 Recognized as one of the world's first PADI Eco-centers, emphasizing environmental conservation


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2 Sundays a month

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: 10+
  • Health & Physical limitations: 
    • You will need a physician's approval to participate in the course. 
    • General concerns are with regards to heart & lung issues. Not suitable if you are pregnant.
  • Experience level: This experience is designed for beginners as an introduction to attaining your open water certification. Once you complete this you will then be able to schedule your open water dives at any location you choose. There is an additional fee for your open water dives.


Who can you accommodate for?

  • Children: This is not an experience for anyone under the age of 10. 
  • Individuals with disabilities: This experience is available for the hard of hearing 
  • Pets: Sorry, no pets allowed.

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • What’s included: 
    • PADI eLearning course (on your own time & pace)
    • Typically two, 2 hour pool sessions to master the required skills for you to then take your open water dives
    • scuba diving gear & wetsuits are provided (fins & mask are not included)
  • Who will be present: You will have an instructor with you at all times as well as up to 10 total participants
  • Spectators: You may bring friends and family to watch, there will be spot for them 
  • Photo/ video: You may bring underwater cameras

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: This is an indoor experience
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance
  • Parking: You may park your car/ bike/ truck at this spot
  • What to bring: Swimsuit, towel, fins and mask
  • Restrooms/ lockers/ changing rooms: There are changing rooms at the experience location.

Full description

The PADI Open Water Diver Course stands out as the most popular and internationally acknowledged scuba diving course. Welcoming participants as young as 10 years old, this course is an ideal adventure for families seeking a new and exciting activity to enjoy together.

By earning this esteemed PADI scuba certification, you unlock a world of opportunities. It grants you access to numerous dive locations globally and allows you to rent equipment from various shops, making your diving experiences more accessible wherever you go. The course is specifically designed for beginners, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to dive confidently up to depths of 60 feet. This solid foundation not only ensures your safety and comfort in the underwater environment but also sets the stage for a lifelong passion for exploring the mysteries of the deep sea.

Throughout the course, you will learn about dive theory, safety procedures, and the proper use of scuba equipment. The practical sessions in controlled environments, like swimming pools, build your confidence and skills before you venture into open water dives. These initial dives are thrilling experiences, offering a glimpse into the vibrant marine life and the serene beauty that lies beneath the waves.
Completing the PADI Open Water Diver Course is more than just learning to dive; it's the beginning of a journey into a fascinating world below the surface, filled with incredible sights and experiences. It's a journey that, once begun, many find to be an enriching and life-long pursuit.

Returns, exchanges and cancellation

Unused Experience Vouchers can be returned within 30 days for a full refund to the original purchaser, no questions asked.

If you have any unused Experience Vouchers, you can exchange them for anything else in our marketplace, no matter when. If you choose an experience that's more expensive, you'll need to pay the difference, but if you choose one that costs less, you'll receive a credit towards your next booking.

No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked, but you can reschedule up to 7 days before your experience, for a date within a year of the original booking. To reschedule, contact the experience provider directly. No-shows or rescheduling less than 7 days in advance means losing the value of your experience.

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Great experience getting certified here! The staff is super knowledgable and friendly!


Fantastic experience! I will definitely be doing more lessons here!


Highly recommend this local dive shop!