PADI Open Water Scuba Certification

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Wreck Divers (above) join a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Certified Instructor for an adventure of a lifetime!

Scuba Certification

Ages 12 and up
(10-11 year olds admitted with restrictions and at instructor's discretion)

Course Fee:  $275
includes course materials, instruction and use of most gear
(additional check out dive fee)

eLearner:  $205

Click on the following links for general information on scuba certification and the 2017 and 2018 scuba certification schedules:

Open Water Scuba Certification Schedule - 2017

Open Water Scuba Certification Schedule - 2018


Try Diving Experience

Have you ever wanted to try scuba diving just to see if you would like it?

A Try Diving Experience program, available to ages 8 and up, gives you the opportunity to experience scuba in a confined environment without committing to an entire certification course.

Join a certified Scuba Diving Instructor or Divemaster for a 1 - 2-hour introductory scuba session (varies according to number of participants) in the Atlantic Recreation Center Pool (pool heated during the winter months).  A Try Diving session is customized to fit your schedule.

Bring a bathing suit and towel (mask, snorkel, and fins will be provided if you do not have your own)

Individual:  $50 City resident, $63 Non-City
Couple:  $80 City residents, $100 Non-City
Family or Group (up to 6 people):  $150 City residents, $188 Non-City
Register at the Atlantic Recreation Center.

Participants must complete a Try Diving Release of Liability Form and Medical Questionnaire prior to participation.  Download Release of Liability form here: Release of Liability Form

NOTE:  If you have an existing medical condition and/or are taking any prescription medication(s), a physician's approval will be required prior to participating in scuba diving.


If you decide that scuba diving is for you, $50 of your Try Diving course fee may be applied to your Open Water Scuba Course offered by the City of Fernandina Beach.

Contact Kathy Russell at 904-310-3350 to discuss scheduling.