Teaching Scuba in the Triangle Since 2004
Phone: 919-341-2787

"Be Adventurous, Be Amazed, Be A Diver"

Open Water (Beginner) scuba classes

WOW !!!!. You are considering taking Scuba Lessons. 

Captain Jim, Paul, and the Staff at Carolina Dive Center are looking forward to introducing you to the

underwater world. Our staff at Carolina Dive Center will provide you a safe, comprehensive, and fun training program.

PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures, you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.

We offer weeknight and weekend scuba classes that start every month. These classes have a set schedule.

We have new classes starting on:

Class #
Start Date

 Knowledge Development

2005WNTuesday April 21stClassroom
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2005SATSaturday April 25thClassroom
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2006WNTuesday May  26thClassroom
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2006SATSaturday May May 30thClassroom
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For a complete list of Scuba Classes and times  Click Here.

We also offer Customized and Private Scuba classes to fit your schedule.

With these options  you can be certified in 3 to 4 days.

For more information or to sign up for Scuba Classes, call us at (919) 341-2787

1. What do I need to do to complete my Open Water Certification.

The Open Water Certification program consist of four  parts.

Orientation - This is the kickoff for your Scuba lessons. At the orientation meeting we review all the details for your scuba lessons, meet the other students, complete your registration paperwork, and learn how to assemble your Scuba Gear. You pick which orientation meeting you want to come to. 

Knowledge Development - This is the academic part of your training. You will learn about Scuba Equipment, Underwater Environments, and the Science behind scuba diving. You have the option of attending three class room sessions at our facility OR completing the knowledge development on-line (e-Learning). Selecting the e-Learning approach allows you to complete the academic part in the comfort of your home or anywhere you have access to the internet.

Confined Water/Pool Dives - This is where you learn how to dive. During the pool sessions you will learn how to use Scuba Equipment and the various underwater Scuba skills.

Open Water Checkout Dives - There are four required check out dives conducted over two days. During check out dives you will use the scuba skills you learned in the pool in an open water environment. We will schedule your checkout dives during your scuba lessons.

2. What is Included In Your Carolina Dive Center Open Water Certification Class.

Open Water Certification Class is $390 + your PADI Student Kit $58.95. This includes just about everything. Here is what is included:

  • - Your choice of eLearning or 3 class room knowledge development sessions.
  • - Your PADI Student Kit with Log Book
  • - 3 Confined Water/Pool Training Sessions
  • - All SCUBA equipment use for the duration of your Open Water course
  • - 2 days of open water check out dives (the final step to earning the Open Water scuba certification). See options below.
  • - Certification processing including your Open Water Certification Card
  • - Student discounts on purchase of mask, fins, snorkel, and boots
  • - Lots of fun and a chance to meet new friends and fellow divers

Each student needs there own snorkeling equipment (Mask, Fins, Snorkel). These items MUST be best-fit equipment for you. We do sell this equipment, provide a customized fitting your you, and offer special pricing to our students. 

You have several options for your check out dives. After all we want to make this as fun and easy as possible.

  • Option 1: 2 days of check out dives in our local quarry: admission fees to our local rock quarries currently running $20 per person day. With this option you will earn your Open Water Diver Certification.

  • Option 2: 1 day of check out dives in our local quarry followed by one two tank Carolina Coast boat charter. With this option you will earn your Open Water Diver Certification and have the option to also earn your PADIl Boat Diver Certification. For more information on Dive Charters visit our  Charters  page

  • Option 3 : We offer check-out dives on our group trips to warmer waters of the Caribbean or Florida, but you would be expected to pay your own transport, lodging, etc. With this option you will earn both your Open Water Diver and Boat Diver Certifications.

           For more information visit our Dive Vacation page.

3. When Do Classes Start and how long does it take to get certified?

We offer weeknight and weekend classes on a scheduled monthly basis.  For an additional fee we also offer customized schedule or concierge/ private lessons.  For more details on options visit our Open Water Class Options page.

4 Are There Age Restrictions For Classes?

Open Water Certification can be earned by youth 10 years or older. There is no upper age restriction for adults. Students who are 10 or 11 years old require some special considerations. For this reason they can be enrolled in a Customized or Private class only. Call us at (919) 341-2787 for more information regarding certification of 10 or 11 year olds.

5. Are There Restrictions For Medical Conditions?

There are some medical conditions that unfortunately may mean you cannot participate in SCUBA.
To learn more about scuba and medical conditions we recommend you visit the Divers Alert Network (DAN) web site.

DAN Web site:Click Here

6. What If I start class and realize Scuba is not for me?

No worries. If after the first class or pool session you  decide scuba is not for me, we will gladly refund your class fees minus the cost of student kit/eLearning.

CALL US AT (919) 341-2787 To Register For SCUBA Class or email us for more information atInfo@CarolinaDiveCenter.com

7. Why PADI?  Click Here

"Be Adventurous.Be Amazed.Be A Diver"