The Open Water Diver Course is the first and most important step in becoming a diver. If you want to really enjoy scuba diving, you need to know what you are doing and be comfortable and confident doing it. Our instructors are passionate about diving, and they really care that you get started right so that you can enjoy diving as much as we do!
With our unique training techniques, your skills at the end of the Open Water Diver Class will be better than many seasoned divers. We have a training process that will enable you to have amazing buoyancy control, effortless propulsion techniques, and complete control over your equipment.
You will start out in the classroom, so you have some good background knowledge, and can effectively plan your dives. Most of your training, though, will be in the water (pool and open water) practicing and mastering your skills and getting comfortable.
When our students finish up their training, they are so excited to go diving again, whether it's locally or to an exotic dive destination. Several students have joined the Submerged Club to connect with other divers in the area and do more diving. So when you finish your training, you'll have a ready-made group to dive with when you want!
We understand how valuable time is for our divers in Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland, so we have designed the easiest, most convenient scheduling options possible. You get to choose which course components you want to attend. When you call to sign up for a course (or sign up here online), we will come up with a schedule that works for you. We can offer the most convenient, most flexible scuba course schedules of any shop in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Our courses are small groups, private, or semi-private for less than most shops charge for their large group classes.
We strive to provide our customers with the best scuba training experience possible. Our classes are small, are scheduling is easy, and our rates are competitive. Start your scuba training at Submerged and make diving part of your lifestyle!
Not included: your personal gear (mask, fins, boots, snorkel - special package rate available for students), and dive site admission. Hood and gloves may also be needed depending on the water temperature, and may be rented for a small fee.
Open Water Course
Course Materials ($99) and Certification Card are purchased separately.
Instructions on registering for the class and purchasing your digital course material are provided by Submerged upon receipt of payment for the course.
Core Recreational Courses
Technical Dive Training
How do our rates compare?
We have researched the rates offered at other dive shops in the region, and found that we are at or even below the rates that other shops are offering. When you take into consideration the amount of face-time and in-water time with your instructor, our value is much greater.