Scuba Diving Coursee

Whether you are discovering Scuba Diving for the first time or looking to extend your education, Dunbar Rock has a course to offer.  Great visibility and the absence of current makes our waters a great place to learn or improve your diving skills.
PADI ELearning

On your next trip to Dunbar Rock, consider taking one of the following:

Discover Scuba Dive: $140.00 

If you’ve never tried scuba diving or you’ve tried but you are still not sure your ready to pursue certification, this is the course for you.  Often referred to as a “resort course, this is a fantastic way for those with little or no experience to enter the wonderful world of scuba diving. The course consists of a brief lecture going over the basics and then practicing skills in the swimming pool or in the shallow water off our beach.  After lunch, your off on the afternoon boat for a 1-tank boat dive to a maximum depth of 40 ft under the supervision of your instructor or dive master.  Course fee includes all materials, dive gear, instruction and 1 boat dive.  If you enjoyed the experience, you can take additional dives a second day for $140.00 for the 2-tank morning boat dive or $70.00 for the afternoon 1-tank boat dive.  And guess what?  You can even apply certain parts of the course toward your Open Water Diver Certification!


Open Water Certification Options

Taking the Open Water Diver Course is the first step in becoming a certified, recreational diver.  All that you need to enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), is to be at least 10 years old, have adequate swimming skills and be in good physical health.  Which path toward certification is right for you depends on partially on how you prefer to learn, and how much of your vacation time you want to spend on your diver education.

No matter which path you select, all PADI Open Water Diver courses consist of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

Open Water Diver CertificationPath #1: Enroll in Open Water Diver Online: $250.00 (plus the PADI eLearning program)

PADI Open Water Diver Elearning allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. (Also available in Spanish.)

If you are more of a tablet user, you can also start learning with PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ that integrates the PADI Open Water Diver Manual with the PADI Open Water Diver Video into a powerful, tablet-based learning experience. (Also available in Spanish.)

With both Elearning and the Touch™, you’ll:

  • Learn diving facts, principles and safety concepts in preparation for your confined and open water dives.
  • Watch video clips that show you the world of scuba diving.
  • Take simple quizzes to make sure you understand the material as you progress.

Once on-island  you’ll be ready for water work as soon as you arrive.  The pool or confined shallow water sessions take from ½ to 1 day and for the open water training dives you go out on the regular dive trips over 2 days where you’ll complete skills and practice diving with your instructor. (Allow 3 days on island.)

Course Price Includes: The $250.00 price includes instruction, your dive gear, 4 boat dives and your PADI Open Water Diver certification card fee. Additional boat dives may be booked on island once certified.

Path #2: Full PADI Open Water Certification Course: $350.00 

This  is the traditional version of the complete course done at our location generally over 4  days. With this course the dive theory sessions are delivered by your instructor  in a classroom instead of being self-directed and on your computer or laptop. Once the theory is completed, this course is identical to the ELearning/Touch™  options as it proceeds with pool or confined shallow water sessions for ½ to 1 day and training dives taken one our regular dive trips over 2 days where you’ll complete skills and practice diving with your instructor.  The $350.00 course price includes the  Open Water Diver Manual, instruction, your dive gear, 4 boat dives and your PADI Open Water Diver certification card fee. Additional boat dives may be booked on island once certified.

Path #3: Open Water Referral Certification: $280.00

If you are lucky enough to have a dive shop in your local area, beginning your certification with them is a great way to start.  With this path,  you can have your classroom (or ELearning/Touch) and pool worked signed off by your dive shop or instructor back home, and then need only do your open water check-out dives to complete your certification dives. Starting with your local dive shop at home is a great way to get acquainted with other divers in your area.

Course Price Includes: The $280.00 price includes your 4 boat dives, rental gear, instructor and your PADI Open Water Diver certification card fee. Additional boat dives may be booked on island once certified.


PADI Advanced Certifications

advanced open water dive studentAdvanced Open Water Certification For PADI ELearning Students: $250.00 (plus the PADI eLearning program)

You don’t have to be “advanced” to take this course – it is the course itself that advances your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

To get the most out of the class we recommend you purchase and complete the PADI E-Learning. This way you’ve finished the self study and can complete the required instructor briefing with limited to no classroom time, getting instead on-boat and in-water briefings. 

Course Price Includes: The $250.00 price includes five dives, two of which must be deep dive and navigation dives, with the other three Adventure Dive options including night, wreck, boat diver among others, instructor and your PADI Open Water Diver certification card fee.

Scuba Tune-Up: $50.00 (plus the PADI eLearning program)

If you are already Certified but have been out of the water for more than a year, the 1/2 day Scuba Tune-Up course is highly recommended.  The Scuba Tune-Up refreshes your knowledge and skills, so you can feel comfortable again under water.

Course Price Includes: The $500.00 price includes your instructor and review time in confined water. Boat dives are not included.