Seattle Scuba Certification
We believe in the power of personal attention so, no matter which program you’re in, you’ll never find more than FOUR students in any of our Open Water sessions, and no more than six in our class and pool.
We believe in your personal success…with no additional fees to pay, should you need a little extra coaching along the way. We offer UNLIMITED POOL SESSIONS for our students to increase their comfort. We train our students in Cressi gear, and our suits are designed to keep you warm in the Puget Sound.
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We offer our clients 3 options for completing your Open Water Scuba Certification:
1. ” The Ways of the Deep” Scuba Course- ” Designed to be ultra-flexible to work with today’s busy schedules. With a simple 3 STEP process, you’ll complete your class and pool and then you can schedule your 4 Open Water dives separately AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. With the widest range of options, you will be able to finish your dives with any SSI or PADI instructor, worldwide. It’s your choice where to do the dives. We offer completion here in the Puget Sound…on one of our Weekend Florida Trips…or on your next tropical trip!
2. Summer Nights Certification - May – September we offer a 5 night program. Class, Pool and Open Water dives all done during the week in the evenings, so your summer weekends are left open. LIMITED SPOTS REMAINING IN SEPTEMBER ONLY. (GROUPON redemption found on main Summer Nights page)
3. VIP Scuba Course- Our most FLEXIBLE program. We work around YOU. With one-on-one instructor time, we’ll move at the pace that’s comfortable for you and accommodate your busy schedule with private training. This is the program many busy professionals finds works well with their hectic lives.
(Email us before registering to arrange schedule at 253.833.8382)
Discover Scuba! If you’re wondering if scuba diving is for you, sign up for one of our “Discover Scuba” experiences.
After a personal one-on-one session to answer all of your scuba questions, this two hour class will have you breathing underwater in a heated pool. We schedule these sessions year round and the entire experience fee can be credited towards any class sign up within 5 days of your Discover Scuba experience. ($69 towards your Open Water course!!)
ATTENTION: If you have a voucher/gift certificate to redeem for this session, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule you over the phone. 253.833.8682
BEFORE YOUR CLASS: We start the class with a one-on one orientation to the world of scuba in our classroom. We’ll discuss the myths and realities of scuba diving…and address any concerns/questions the participants have. At this time, we’ll get you set by fitting you with the gear for your Discover Scuba experience and you can sign the required waivers. This part can be completed anytime, up to 30 days prior to your pool session.
Then, at your pool session, we’ll don our masks and fins and descend beneath the warm pool water to play various pool games underwater. To assure divers they really CAN clear their ears, we’ll teach you several techniques and then work our way slowly down to the deep end (12′) where you’ll discover the “pain in the ear” disappears when done correctly.
At the end of the session, you’ll be ready to go forward to the full course for Open Water certification. This session counts toward your full certification if you continue your class within 30 days of taking the Discover Scuba. We’ll discount your full course $69 to reflect this pool session.
Discover Scuba sessions are held various times throughout the month. We hold 3-8 sessions per month (depending on demand) and utilize 3 locations in Tukwila, Renton and Auburn. Minimum of 2 participants required. Any sessions cancelled due to low participants can be rescheduled. Pre-registration required.
Core Continuing Classes
SSI Specialty Offerings - Take your diving to the next level in the area YOU want to focus on. Need help with your buoyancy? Not sure how to find your way around a dive site? We focus on one area at a time to bring your skills up to the level of an advanced diver. Includes book, class, certification card and any pool/open water dives needed.
Choose our upcoming 2013 workshops below:
SSI Advanced Open Water – this rating stands alone in the industry with the highest combination of diving knowledge and experience. No other agencies Advanced Diver level compares. Earn Advanced Open Water Diver status by completing 4 Specialty ratings and reaching 24 logged dives. These dives can be chosen from a list of specialties offered by GirlDiver. Divers can earn Advanced Open Water Diver status by completing 4 Specialty courses and reaching 24 logged dives.
Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur. We offer this program quarterly…more often if needed. This is the MOST important class you can take to be a safe diver.
SSI’s Master Diver rating is one of the most elite in the dive industry today. To achieve this rating, you must take Stress and Rescue, complete 4 Specialties and log a minimum of 50 dives. A diver who has completed this rating has combined knowledge and experience to truly be able to call themselves a Master Diver.
Our Master Diver package allows you to bundle Stress and Rescue, 4 in-water specialties, a Precision Buoyancy Clinic, Enriched Air and Equipment Techniques. Normally $999….you save $300 by purchasing together.
SUPERFANTASTICACTIONADVENTURE DIVE CLUB
We’re committed to keep you diving and in this spirit, we’ve organized the SuperFantasticActionAdventure Dive Club (SFAA Dive Club). No…the name doesn’t “spell” anything, but if you say it fast, it tickles your tongue!
Attendance at GirlDiver SFAA Dive Club events is always FREE (unless otherwise posted). You need NOT be a GirlDiver student to attend. You need NOT even be a diver to attend…we’ve always got shore stuff going on for sea lovers in general. We are here to have FUN FUN FUN. If you’re looking for an exciting, adventurous, supportive group, we’re welcoming…VERY welcoming to divers new and old!
So, come join the newest dive club in Seattle, where we’ll keep you diving, and occasionally let you dry out with our land activities as well. A place to have fun, meet people and spend large amounts of time under the sea!
We are happy to provide both gear and air on a limited basis…for some moolah. We’ll haul and return all gear/air and weights…no rinsing or bother for you.
Reserve your air and gear…only $45 for all club dives. ($20 extra for the haul/rinse/return package)
The SSI Dive Leader course is divided into three levels.
Dive Guide – This is the dive leader you’ll see on the boats in Hawaii. You’ll be trained to take certified divers on guided tours and be able to earn a living in the tropics, or lead Discover Northwest Dive excursions here at home.
Divemaster – At this level, the Divemaster can do everything a Dive Guide can, but is also able to assist the instructor with duties in a setting with uncertified divers. Course materials included.
Dive Control Specialist – This is the industry equivalent of an Assistant Instructor. At this level, the professional can do everything a Divemaster can, but can also teach a number of specialties, lead Scuba Rangers and do Scuba Skills Updates with certified divers. This is the level that offers the most opportunity to earn money as a dive professional in the pre-Instructor series.
Instructor – You can now teach people diving! You’ll start as an Open Water Instructor with the ability to teach new divers to dive and to see the amazement in their eyes as you open up the underwater world to them.
With our affiliation of 2700 dive centers worldwide, we’ll assist you in putting a career together…just as you want it. We’re about making dreams into realities.
- Have you been out of the water for over 12 months?
- Most resorts and dive operators require you receive a Scuba Update prior to doing any Open Water dives.
- We can get you ready for your next scuba vacation with one of our Scuba Refresher pool sessions. Not only will you refresh those skills since your last water visit, but we’ll give you useful tips regarding rental gear and work on buoyancy skills in the pool.
- Register below for only: $79.00
A direct result of the gray winter days in the Northwest is the massive exodus of Seattle-ites to Tropical Escapes and Caribbean cruises.
Many people participate in snorkeling but few have had any formal training in the proper techniques for snorkeling.
- Program covers both theory and practical application in the following: hyperventilation, snorkel clearing, mask defogging, gear preparation, swimming with fins and free diving.
- Classes are available during our regularly scheduled pool sessions for individuals and families. No minimum number needed.
- Tuition is only $59.00 per person.
- Rental of Mask, Snorkel and Fins are available, if you do not have your own.
- A discount of $25 off tuition is available for anyone purchasing Mask, Snorkel and Fins for an upcoming vacation.
Get ‘em off the Wii and into the Sea!!
TEEN SCUBA CAMPS
Our next Teen Scuba Camp is a cross-country adventure to Key Largo, Florida.
January 18-21, 2013 (Martin Luther King Weekend), we’re heading to the Keys with no more than 8 teens (accompanied by their parents) for a weekend of warm water, manatees, turtles and fun!
In these camps, teens will be focusing on the marine environment, from an identification, behavioral and conservation perspective. During their scuba certification program, they will have opportunities to learn all of the skills and knowledge required to become a certified Open Water Scuba diver.
Beginning Open Water Camp will take the campers through a full Open Water Certification course. We’ll be completing the class and pool work prior to the trip and diving 2 dives per day on the mornings of January 19 & 20. This is the camp your teen does not want to miss out on! SSI Open Water certification may count towards college credits…but most of all…they’ll have the coolest break of all of their friends! LIMIT 4 Teens.
Specialty Dive Camp will take the campers through 2 Specialties in one weekend. Already certified teens can choose from Coral Reef Awareness or Fish Identification on Day One…and Underwater Photography or Underwater Videography on Day 2. Use of cameras and video cameras included in the course cost. LIMIT 4 Teens.
(Note: If we have any parents who are certified and want to do some diving, we can arrange this for the weekend as well.)
COST: $479 covers 3 nights lodging, boat fees, tanks and weights.
OPEN WATER COURSE: $199 includes books, certification fees, classroom and pool sessions.
TOTAL OPEN WATER COURSE $678
SPECIALTY COURSE: $99 ea. (up to 2 for the weekend…certified teens need not take a course to dive, but it counts towards their Advanced rating)
CERTIFIED TEEN BASIC $479
SPECIALTY $99 ea.
WHAT YOU PROVIDE: Transportation to Key Largo (approx. airfare cost $300 R/T), personal snorkeling gear (See article below), rental of bcd and regulator in Key Largo, chaperone (who only pays $199 for 3 nights lodging), meals and extracurricular activity expenses.
(Note: Lodging is based on 4 people in a 2 bdrm condominium with shared kitchen and bath. One teen and one parent per bedroom. Separate accommodations are available for an additional charge. Please inquire for pricing.)
PARENTS: We can arrange half-day outings for you during the time your teen is diving with kayak trips, snorkeling or diving tours. This is a great place to bond with your teen…and one of the few times it’s cool to be hanging with your parents!
Please note…personal snorkeling gear needs to be of “scuba quality”. For more information on what that means…READ THIS ARTICLE.
We try to be convenient to the greater Seattle Metro areas, so our various scuba lessons/pool/open water sessions are scheduled as far north as Whidbey Island and south to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area. For your ease, we’ve compiled a list of our LOCATIONS or for GREAT DIVE SITES in the area to dive.