Becoming an SSI Open Water Diver is the best way to start your scuba adventure due to worldwide recognition!
Adventure, tropical islands, a rainbow of color beneath the sea. All this and more awaits you in the underwater realm. The Open Water Diver program by High Plains Scuba Center (HPSC) & Scuba Schools International (SSI) is specifically designed to make you confident, comfortable and safe in the water. Our flexible home-study format makes learning both easy and fun. In addition you have the choice of participating in the online training program as well. Just ask a staff member for more details.
With personalized training and taking enough time, we make sure you are truly comfortable under water with the skills and equipment you will use. In general, an Open Water Diver course consists of 2 phases: Class Work and Pool Training, and Open Water Sessions.
During the first phase of the scuba certification process your instructor will review the information you learned from the course textbook and DVD in our classroom, and then teach you the necessary water skills in our pool. Class size is limited to six students per instructor, with twelve students being the maximum class size. If there are more than six students in the class then half the students will be in the classroom with their instructor while the other half are in the pool with a second instructor. Students must be able to snorkel 300 yards and tread water for 10 minutes, something that even novice swimmers can accomplish with relative ease. Our goal is that every student becomes a safe, comfortable and confident diver. This cannot be accomplished in a “quickie” 2 day course, but takes several days to train your mind and body to become comfortable and confident with your new underwater environment.
We offer four training schedules to meet your needs:
During the second and final phase of the scuba certification process your instructor will review your scuba skills in an open water environment. This requires the completion of skills during four dives and one snorkeling session, over the span of two days; this is a requirement of all scuba training agencies. Your open water certification must be completed with six months of your class and pool training.
There are four ways of completing your open water certification:
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