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Want to get my PADI Open Water Cert - August 17, 2011, 12:04 PM

I know there are a few divers on here..

Where should I go to get my cert? Classes and all that stuff..

I looked around a little and saw it was in the neighborhood of $500 bucks for everything.. classes and cert. Is that right?

Any advice will be appreciated.


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I used the Dive Shop in Fairfax. They do the classes at the YWCA pool on Wolftrap Rd, IIRC. Cert dives are out in the quarry near Haymarket. I can't speak to those, as I did the cert dives in Massachusetts.

In addition to the cost of the courses and certs, expect to spend $300 on a mask, fins, snorkel (which you'll never use again after the certs), and booties.


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August 17, 2011, 12:13 PM

That price sounds about right for the classroom, written test, pool test and open water.

Another option is Sterling Silver Scuba in Sterling just off Route 28 & Church, across 28 from Wegmans. Good folks there.


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I used the Dive Shop in Fairfax. They do the classes at the YWCA pool on Wolftrap Rd, IIRC. Cert dives are out in the quarry near Haymarket. I can't speak to those, as I did the cert dives in Massachusetts.

In addition to the cost of the courses and certs, expect to spend $300 on a mask, fins, snorkel (which you'll never use again after the certs), and booties.
i have the mask and snorkel and fins and all that jazz... ive been in the water since i was a youngin.. i spear fish all the time.. just want to get the cert and suppose i have to go an official way about doing so.. I'll just probably get it next time im in miami.. much cheaper down there..

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That price sounds about right for the classroom, written test, pool test and open water.

Another option is Sterling Silver Scuba in Sterling just off Route 28 & Church, across 28 from Wegmans. Good folks there.
sweet ill give them a shout and get advice from them.


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August 17, 2011, 12:31 PM

$500 sounds about right. I can't believe how much more it is now!
I do a lot of stuff through Virginia Scuba :: Virginia's Only Techreational Dive Center!
I got a couple specialties and my Rescue Diver cert through them.

Also, my wife got her AOW with Blue Escapes Diving
Jon is a really cool guy. Very patient and easy going.
Another option (that I did) was to do it on a vacation. I got my OW in St. Croix over 3 days for about $350. That was about 10 years ago, though.


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Hell i might just do it while in Mexico... 315.. for the cert

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im a manager at the dive shop in richmond. pm me with any questions and ill be glad to answer.
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Cert dives are out in the quarry near Haymarket.
That dive SUCKS! Its cold, dark, spooky, and visibility is shit. At least it was when I did it 15 years ago.


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I got my SSI certs at woodbridge scuba. They use the same quarry. visibility is ok.. def cold! but they have a bunch of stuff to look at.

I @ $500. once you get certified and realize how much safer you feel in your own gear, it adds up REAL quick. haha

SSI and PADI are the same. SSI is more prevalent in Europe...but both are equally accepted.


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HI is the place to get cert - that's where the Navy taught me how to dive

a good diver does not need to lug anything more than his mask.


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I got my SSI certs at woodbridge scuba. They use the same quarry. visibility is ok.. def cold! but they have a bunch of stuff to look at.
And by a bunch of stuff to look at he means ugly ass bass that come out of nowhere. Oh, and that old school bus that drove off the cliff and into the water. You know...the one in horror movies that was full of kids who all drowned and now haunt the water and surrounding woods. Hahahaha! I hated that dive. The one that followed down in the Florida Keys made it worth it though. Now that I am thinking about it...I went through everything to get certified, went on ONE dive in Florida 15 years ago, and have never gone again.


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HI is the place to get cert - that's where the Navy taught me how to dive

a good diver does not need to lug anything more than his mask.
Ah except that your life is dependent on equipment maintained by the dive company. Went on a dive that I was partnered with who rented. His main and secondary breather kept letting in water.

No thanks. I get my stuff checked every year. I know it will work properly. The only thing I don't have is tanks.

That and my dive computer let's me enjoy the dive more and longer.

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And by a bunch of stuff to look at he means ugly ass bass that come out of nowhere. Oh, and that old school bus that drove off the cliff and into the water. You know...the one in horror movies that was full of kids who all drowned and now haunt the water and surrounding woods. Hahahaha! I hated that dive. The one that followed down in the Florida Keys made it worth it though. Now that I am thinking about it...I went through everything to get certified, went on ONE dive in Florida 15 years ago, and have never gone again.
They added stuff. Cesna. Plane. An old Cadillac vert. Basketball court. With bbs filled with sand. Not too bad.

I prefer warm water though in my shorty. Tahiti was fantastic. Bahamas were fun. Keys are ok. St maartin was ok
Cancun was great.

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That dive SUCKS! Its cold, dark, spooky, and visibility is shit. At least it was when I did it 15 years ago.

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