Are you still diving locally? It seems cold! Yes it cold, and No we're not diving locally :) This Groupon allows you the chance to do the classroom and pool work in our heated indoor pool during the winter months. Then, when it warms up in April or May, we'll start to do local dives.
But I have a trip planned and would like to do my certification dives sooner? No problem! We drive to Florida every month to dive in warmer waters. For an additional fee, you can join us on one of these dives and have a great time in a freshwater spring AND 2 ocean dives! The Florida weekends cost $275. Stop by the shop and we'll give you more details.
I think I'll just wait till spring. My Groupon includes those dives, right? Yes. The Groupon includes the four certification dives conducted at Pennyroyal Quarry in Hopkinsville, KY.
What equipment do I need to own? Every student needs to own their own mask, snorkel, fins, and boots. We recommend purchasing a wetsuit as well. Even though the pool is heated, after an hour in the water, most people will get chilled even in 83 degree water. We have special equipment packages for Groupon customers that include all of those. And if you'd like to train in your personal dive system, instead of the included rental equipment, we can set you up with a great dive system to meet your needs. We even have a layaway plan so you can immediately dive in your own equipment and pay it off over time.
Why don't you rent those? The mask and fins are a very personal fit item. If they don't fit properly, you won't be able to do the skills well or not at all which doesn't make it very fun for you. And ultimately, it's not safe.
When do you have classes? Pretty much every weekend! Once the Groupon ad ends, we'll put together a calender of class offerings from December through May 6th. Just mention the Class Number when you call to schedule and we'll confirm you for that class. You will need to attend a Thursday night orientation at least one week before your weekend class. We offer those nearly every Thursday night. And then you will attend a Saturday/Sunday session. This will complete what is called your "Confined Water Training." We will post the updated class offerings on December 5th. Click here if you would like us to notify you when they are posted.
What is the PADI E-Learning that I saw on the Groupon? This is part of your academic training. When you call/visit us to schedule your class, we will give you an Online Training Code. You will then visit www.padi.com to complete the e-learning portion of the training. It's a very fun, interactive way to work on the academic elements of scuba diving. Because it's online, you can stop and go as you please, based on your schedule. At the end of the E-Learning, you'll take a few quizzes and a final exam and print out your E-Record. You will need to bring this E-Record with you to the Thursday Orientation. This means your E-Learning segment must be completed prior to your classroom/pool training. Don't worry :) We'll explain all this again when you visit us.
What was the fine print about scheduling by January 31? Don't worry, you don't have to complete the class by the end of January. You just need to call/visit us to SCHEDULE your class and reserve your spot. You will then have until May 6th to complete the classroom/pool portion of your training. Then, you have until September 2012 to complete your open water certification dives. Lots of time. We just need to have the classes scheduled by the end of January to make sure we have proper staffing during the winter months.
Phew! I was worried I didn't have much time. But what if I want to do the certification dives on a trip with Bluewater Scuba? What a wonderful idea!! Of course, you can complete your certification dives on any of our trips. We have the most active dive calender in Middle Tennessee, so you're in luck. If you want to go to Fiji, Indonesia, St. Croix or the Bahamas, you can do your certification dives at no additional cost besides the trip cost.
I have more questions. Who should I contact? The best way is to email our General Manager Kevin Sage.