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Dive certification starts here! Open yourself up to new possibilities of adventure with First Coast Divers and PADI... the worldwide leader in scuba diver certification. This course will develop the knowledge required to dive safely as well as your understanding of the principles of scuba diving. Includes PADI eLearning program for the Knowledge Development portion of your class. Work at your own pace with this convenient, interactive study option. Complete your entire Knowledge Development at home! This also includes completing all your quizzes and the final exam.


Here's a quick rundown of your Open Water Diver schedule:

  • Thursday Evening 6 PM-9 PM: SCUBA/Class Introduction & Gear Fitting session at FCD.

  • Friday Evening 6:00 PM-10PM: Pool session at Good Shepherd Pool for Confined Water Dives 1-3.

  • Saturday All Day 9 AM-5 PM 

    • Dive Day 1 at Devil's Den Springs. Open Water Dives 1 & 2, Confined Water Dives 4-5.

  • Sunday Half Day 8 AM-2 PM

    • Dive Day 2 at Rainbow River Springs. Open Water Dives 3 & 4.

Included in tuition:

  • Instruction by one of our insured PADI certified instructors

  • eLearning program access for Preferred format students 

  • Personal diver’s logbook & eRDPML electronic dive planner

  • Use of like-new Aqua Lung regulator, dive computer, BCD & wetsuit

  • All air tanks needed during class

  • Entrance fees to Devil's Den & Rainbow River  

  • PADI Certification card upon completion of class

What you need to bring:

  • SCUBA mask, fins, snorkel, lead weight & gear bag 

  • Swimsuit to wear underneath your wetsuit 

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

  • Students will be responsible for their own transportation 



$429+ Tax

This option is perfect for the solo dive student looking for exciting and new adventures!

w/ Buddy

$399 each+ Tax 

If you and a buddy sign up and attend the same open water diver class, you both can learn to dive for only $399 each! + Tax.

w/ Group
$379 each+ Tax

If you and your family or group of at least 4 sign up and attend the same open water diver class, you all can learn to dive for only $379 each! + Tax


Private classes are a great option for individuals with unique work schedules, who can't take weekends off, need a last minute certification for an upcoming vacation, or would just prefer the comfort of a smaller, more personal class. Whatever your situation, we will work with you to create a custom schedule that fits your needs and wants.

  • 1-Person Class: $1500

  • 2-Person Class: $750 each student

  • 3-Person Class: $650 each student

  • 4-Person Class: $550 each student

  • 5+ Person Class: $429 each student



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 knowledgable 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. 

  • Optional Hotel Stay (not available for all classes)

    • The dive sites we use on Sat. & Sun. are approx. 100-130 miles away. We reserve rooms at a hotel near the dive sites for Sat. night. We recommend staying at the hotel because you will be tired on Sat. and this will save you from driving back & forth. $79.95 per room. (Students can share rooms.)


We strive to schedule as many classes as possible for the convenience of our clients. But in order for us to conduct a class, we need to have a minimum of five students per class. If we do not achieve that for a scheduled class, we will contact you one week prior to reschedule you into our next scheduled class.

Sept 2-5 Open Water Diving Class
Sept 9-12 Open Water Diving Class
Sept 23-26 Open Water Diving Class
Oct 7-10 Open Water Diving Class
Oct 14-17 Open Water Diving Class
June 17-20 Open Water Diving Class
June 24-27 Open Water Diving Class
July 1-4 Open Water Diving Class
July 8-11 Open Water Diving Class
July 15-18 Open Water Diving Class
July 22-25 Open Water Diving Class
July 29 - Aug 1 Open Water Diving Class
Aug 5-8 Open Water Diving Class
Aug 12-15 Open Water Diving Class
Aug 26-29 Open Water Diving Class