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Open Water Diver

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.

What do I need to start?

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program. For those of you who are not above the age of 14 and would like to participate in the PADI Open Water Diver Program, then the PADI Junior Open Water Diver program is available to you. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.

A PADI Jr Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.

                                                         

What will I do?

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives (can be condensed to two or three),five knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives. The knowledge development is conducted online with the PADI eLeearning in the comfort of your own home.

 

How long will it take?

PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you.. The speed at which you complete eLearning depends entirely on you. Most people go through three sessions at the pool to cover the five pool dives. This consists of a total of nine hours.

 

What will I need?

-A swimsuit and the desire to learn something new and adventurous! The course cost includes all gear rental that you will need to complete the course. Unlike some shops, we do NOT require you to purchase gear prior to starting the class!

 

 

 

Class Options

 

There are TWO different prices for TWO different options. Please read them carefully:

 

1. Open Water Referral

 

This option is for those individuals who are going on vacation soon and want to do their four Open Water dives at their destination. This option allows you to complete all academics and pool sessions BEFORE you go on vacation. We provide you with a referral that you can take to you destination dive shop to complete your four dives. This is a popular option for those who want to conduct their final certification dives in warm ocean waters! This is also a great choice for those who made the decision to learn to dive right before their vacation and are lacking time.

 

 

This is our primary method of training during cold water months (Oct-June). In cold months our open water dives are in Santa Rosa, NM and we require no less than 8 students to do the trip. If you want to do the full course with Trinity Diving, see option 2 below.

 

Pool sessions are conducted Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 11:30am in Farmington and the course typically takes three pool sessions. See our calendar for upcoming dates. Students MUST call to line up a schedule with an instructor before arriving at the pool. This allows us to schedule our own staff accordingly depending on how many students there are and which classes they are enrolled in.

 

(Payment for e-Learning and Trinity Diving can be done separately as PADI coordinates e-Learning. Payment to Trinity Diving must be made in full prior to starting pool work. We do accept credit cards at the pool). If you are not sure that you want to commit, try the Try It First! Course first which involves the first pool dive and counts toward your progress!

 

***SEE REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICIES***

 

 

2. Full Open Water Course (Locally)

 

This option is for those who want to do their entire course, including the four open water dives, locally. During the winter months (Oct-June) we conduct the open water dives in Santa Rosa, NM. The trip requires a minimum of 8 people so there is a waitlist. If the list does not fill and the warmer months roll around, we will conduct the dives with any number of people at Navajo Lake or Farmington Lake.

 

This is a great choice for those with plenty of time to do their course, have fairly open schedules, and do not need to be certified before a planned vacation (or have no vacation planned at all). An excellent summer activity!

 

Pool sessions are conducted Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 11:30am in Farmington and the course typically takes three pool sessions. See our calendar for upcoming dates. Students MUST call to line up a schedule with an instructor before arriving at the pool. This allows us to schedule our own staff accordingly depending on how many students there are and which classes they are enrolled in.

 

***SEE REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICIES***

Cost:

$245 to Trinity Diving + $179 for eLearning.

Total = $424

 

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Cost:

$434 to Trinity Diving + $179 for eLearning

Total = $613

 

Want to start now? Call us!

Frequently Asked Questions

 

We have compiled a list of most commonly asked questions over the years. There is a good chance the answer to your question is here! If not, feel free to call or email!

 

Q: I don’t know how to swim. Can I still certify?

A: Yes, if you can learn to swim well enough to cover 200 meters (untimed) and float for 10 minutes. This is a PADI requirement. In addition, this is a water sport and as such, it is a good idea to know how to swim for safety reasons!

 

Q: I’m claustrophobic/afraid of water/uncomfortable wearing a mask on my face. I’d like to sign up for the class to conquer this fear. Will I do alright?

A: Probably not, but perhaps. Aversion therapy is not conducive for learning to dive or to have fun while doing it. Our suggestion is that you try a dive in the pool through the Discover Scuba Diving program first to get a feel for it before making the commitment for the full course.

 

Q: If I fill out the medical form and answer YES to one of the questions, do I HAVE to go to the doctor or “can we just work something out”. (*Yes, we have had someone say this*).

A: There are absolutely no exceptions to the requirement to see a doctor if you answer YES to one or more of the questions on the medical form. We are not doctors and do not know your medical background to make the determination that it is safe for you to dive. It is required by PADI as well as Trinity Diving that your doctor determines you are in good health to dive. This is for your safety and the safety of others around you.’

 

*FILL OUT MEDICAL FORM BEFORE SIGNING UP/MUST BE BROUGHT TO POOL*

 

Q: How often do I have to renew my certification?

A: You don’t. It’s a lifelong certification. We do recommend that if you have not been diving for a while to participate in a refresher course.

 

Q: How recognized is PADI and where can I dive with this certification?

A: PADI is the most recognized recreational dive agency in the world. You can dive anywhere you please and be recognized as a trained and certified diver.

 

Q: Can I make payments toward the course as I do it?

A: No. Payment must be made in full prior to starting the course.

 

Q: If I get through part of the course and decide I don’t like it, can I get a refund?

A: Tuition is non-refundable. Since we provide all gear and do not require you to buy any, we have higher maintenance costs. In addition, we have scheduled the private use of an Olympic-sized swimming pool as part of your class. As a result, we do not refund tuition. If you are worried you won’t like diving, try the Discover Scuba Diving course! It is one Saturday in the pool for three hours and essentially the first pool dive. This will let you try it out.

 

Q: What if I only complete part of the pool sessions? For example, I do the skills but do not do the swim/float. Can I still get a referral and do those parts at my destination?

A: We can provide you with a referral for what you completed. It is a good idea to contact the destination dive shop to ensure they will allow it although we are yet to see a dive shop decline someone. As mentioned, PADI is performance based.

 

Q: What days/times are the pool sessions?

A: They are 8:30-11:30am on Saturdays. This is a contract we have with the Aquatic Center. We are unable to get time at the pool to fit your schedule.