Beginner Scuba Courses

Open Water (Beginner Courses)


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The Open Water Diver course consists of 2 parts: eLearning & the pool followed by 4 open water dives or 5 in a drysuit.

Begin your scuba adventure with a pool session, eLearning at your own pace, and 4 open water dives at Dutch Springs, Miami or elsewhere in the world.  Skills practiced include buoyancy, proper weighting, equipment assembly, hand signals, and dive planning.  Learn about equipment maintenance, physiology and the marine environment.

* Minimum age 10

* Must bring signed doctor's note to classroom session if any questions are answered with a yes.

* Must pass a swim test.  You can't take a scuba class if you can't swim.

Open Water Part 1: eLearning & pool


$139.95 for SDI eLearning & $450 for class & pool

Why waste vacation time taking exams? Learn in the comfort of your own home with a home study option. Learn how to setup scuba gear in the Urban Manta classroom.

First you would buy the elearning Open Water course from SDI/ and affiliate with Urban Manta.  This is the link:

Urban Manta SDI Open Water eLearning

Please read carefully because we MUST GO OVER EVERY SINGLE MISSED QUESTION.  Speed reading is great if you want to spend all night in the classroom session.

The pool sessions cost $450.  You must know how to swim.

Open Water Part 2: open water checkout dives


The 4 open water dives cost $500 or $600 in a drysuit.  You can do them here or I can issue a referral and you can do them on vacation. Enjoy a weekend at the lake completing your Open Water certification. 4 dives over 2 days exploring sunken boats, airplanes, a helicopter, a fire truck, a schoolbus, a trolley, etc in the local underwater training lake Dutch Springs. Camp out on the lake and wake up and dive!

Open Water Requirements


In terms of gear people are required to buy their personal gear which consists of a mask, snorkel, fins & booties for the pool.  Wetsuits can either be rented or bought.  This is true of all shops in the northeast.  Urban Manta has a full stock of gear available for purchase and can fit you for the correct sizes. Scuba is a gear intensive sport and proper fitting gear is required for your comfort under water.  It is recommended that you purchase quality gear from Urban Manta as not all gear is created equal.  You don't want a leaky mask or non-hydrodynamic fins!  BCs, regulators, tanks and weights are included for the pool sessions.

For the open water checkout dives most students rent the Buoyancy Compensator Device, regulators, drysuit and drysuit underwear.  (The drysuit class is recommended and costs an additional $100 with the Open Water course or $350 as a separate class.  A 7mm wetsuit can be rented instead.)  Tanks and weights are free for students.  I have some tanks pre-filled with air and we will re-fill as needed at the local lake in Pennsylvania Dutch Springs.  It takes 2 days to do the 4 open water dives at the lake.  We camp out at Dutch Springs or there are hotels nearby.

Looking forward to getting you in the water!

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