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The private class option for some people is a great choice for many reasons:

•    Scheduling flexibility. Particularly for people who cannot do their classes during weekend days.
•    For a more intimate class experience with only your family & friends
• Slower-paced and more individual focused
•    People with disabilities or physical limitations
•    Great for groups that have kids under the age of 12 (10 years old is the age minimum)


Upon enrollment in a private class with First Coast Divers, we will assign one of our PADI Instructors to teach your class. That instructor will coordinate with your group leader to come up with a class schedule that works well for everyone.



Private classes include:

  • Private instruction with your personal PADI Instructor

  • Access to the PADI eLearning site to complete the required pre-class home study

  • Use of the actual scuba gear to include the regulator, dive computer, BCD, wetsuit & air tanks

  • Entrance fees to Devils Den & Rainbow River for your check-out dive days

  • Personal Divers Logbook

What you need to bring:

  • All students are required to have their own personal basic scuba gear (mask, snorkel, fins, gear bag, SMB (surface marker buoy) & lead weights. (personal basic gear is available for rental for an additional charge)

  • We do not provide transportation. Students will be responsible for their own transportation

  • Swimsuits to wear underneath the wetsuit

  • All minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Additional private class information:

  • Private classes can be scheduled for up to a 2-week/weekend period. Any more than that will require an additional charge

  • Private classes can include up to 2 pool sessions (if needed). Any more than that will require an additional charge

  • Check-out dive days at the springs must be conducted over 2 consecutive days

  • Use of private pools is an option as long as it is suitable for confined-water scuba training


Have more than 5?

We'll be happy to discuss private class options for your large group!



Maximize your fun and learning with First Coast Divers! We offer many money-saving options to gear up for ultimate adventure!

  • Student Gear Purchase Discount

    • Gear up with your own personal basic scuba gear prior to the start of your class.

    • We have a wonderful selection of high-quality products for you to choose from. Our knowledgeable staff will help you choose the gear that’s right for you. Student divers automatically receive 10% off their initial purchase of any personal basic gear needed.

  • All-Inclusive Gear Option

    • Great for students who don’t own and/or don't want to buy any of their personal basic gear. We will furnish the use of a mask, snorkel, fins, booties, lead weight & gear bag for the student to use during class. $75 upgrade.

  • PADI Nitrox Speciality Class w/ PADI eLearning

    • Want more bottom time with your diving? Then enroll in the Nitrox class in conjunction with your PADI Open Water Diver class and save $25 off the regular price of the Nitrox class tuition. 

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