Scuba Lessons on Long Island
At School of Fish we offer scuba lessons on Long Island year round. We are affiliated with PADI, the industry leader in dive training.
Open Water Diver
The PADI open water diver course is an entry level SCUBA certification program that covers the basic skills theory and equipment needed to dive safely to a recommended maximum depth of sixty feet. The class consists of three different training segments; Theory, Pool Diving, and Open Water Diving. The certification you earn upon completion of the course does not have an expiration date but it is recommended you participate in a refresher program if you are inactive for an extended period of time.
1. Theory – This is a home study program you will be able to complete at your own pace. The program is administered by PADI on their eLearning platform. Home study can be completed on your home computer, smartphone or tablet. You will also have access to a PADI instructor during weekdays by appointment and for up to 1.5 hours before any of your pool training dates. This will give you plenty of opportunities to ask questions as you go over the course materials.
2. Pool Diving – Pool diving consists of two three-hour sessions in our indoor, 88 degree, heated, salt water pool. The pool is at our location in Rocky Point. These sessions are scheduled on weekday evenings but daytime sessions are also available privately or for semi-private classes of two. Our group classes are kept small with a maximum of four students in the water. This ensures each student gets plenty of practice time and help with skills that might present a challenge. Keeping the class small ensures that you will always be an active participant. Additional pool training or practice time is available to all students at no extra charge. In addition, private training can be scheduled if you are unable to attend a scheduled training (fee $100)
3. Open Water Training – Open water training takes place in the Long Island Sound and is conducted between the months of June and October. To become certified you will have to complete four open water dives. These dives are also conducted in small groups of no more than four students. During the dives you will be asked to perform many of the skills you learned during your pool training. Open water training is typically conducted on Friday and Saturday mornings but can also be scheduled during the week for those with work schedules that make weekends difficult.
Equipment. We will supply each student with the necessary equipment to complete the entire course. This consists of: mask, fins, snorkel, boots, gloves, cylinder, BCD, regulator, gauges, alternate air source and full wetsuit. If you have your own equipment you are welcome to use it (we encourage this) as long as it fits and is in good working order. If you would like to purchase (any) equipment during the course we offer a student discount during the class and for up to a year after certification.
Single Payment Option:
You can purchase all three phases of training for $450. total. There are NO additional charges. The $450 fee is paid in one payment. You will receive your eLearning access pass within 24 hours of signing up. You will also be able to secure your spot in any of our scheduled pool training sessions once you have paid the tuition.
Pay as you go:
If you would rather pay as you go, or do not intend on completing each phase of your training with us then see the pricing below.
Theory $175 includes eLearning access and eLearning crew pack.
Pool Training $175. Due when you sign up for your first pool session
Open Water Training $175. Due when scheduling your open water dives
You have the option to complete your open water training dives for certification with any PADI instructor so if you are traveling during the winter months and would like to take advantage of warmer waters at your destination you can do so.
There are no additional fees for certification processing or mandatory equipment purchases.
February 4 & 11
March 4 & 11
More pool training will be added as classes fill.
If you have a small group of 2-4 call to schedule your own pool training.
*Private makeup for missed classes available for an additional $50 fee.
This course is sort of a stepping stone that gets you on the way to becoming an Advanced Open Water Diver. It consists of three “Specialty” dives. A specialty dive is a dive where you work on a certain task or skill such as; Navigation, Photography, Buoyancy Control, Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Dry Suit Diving, Search and Recovery etc… You can start this program any time by enrolling in eLearning here, make sure you choose the Adventures in Diving Option. Once you sign up start looking at the different specialties you think you might like to try. Some of the most popular ones for local diving are; Navigation, Buoyancy, Night, Search and Recovery, Boat, and Wreck. Once you have completed the eLearning modules for the specialties that interested you a single dive will be made for each specialty. We schedule these several times throughout the dive season so check our schedule or call us to do them privately.
Advanced Open Water (AOW)
We encourage you to get this certification as soon as you can after completing your Open Water class. AOW consists of 5 specialty dives (as described above in Adventure Diver). There are two “core” dives in the AOW program, you must make a night dive and a deep dive. The other three specialty dives are of your choice and if you started the Adventure Diver program you might already have some or all of them done. This program is only offered during the summer but you can sign up for eLearning any time. It works the same way as Adventure Diver, complete the eLearning segments pertaining to the dives you will be doing and then make the dives. Once you earn the AOW certification you will then be able to dive beyond the recommended 60 foot depth limit of an entry level Open Water Diver.
This class is a great way to hone some of your existing skills but you will also develop a whole new skill-set. Rescue diver can be like a launching pad, for many it is the first step toward earning the “Professional” rating of Divemaster (Rescue is a prerequisite). For others it can be like the finish line, it might just be the last hurdle they need to clear while earning the highest recreational certification level of Master Scuba Diver. Whatever your motivation is for taking this class you will learn a lot of great skills. The main thing you get out of this course is the ability to help in dealing with a diving accident should one occur. You will first need to complete the eLearning theory portion of the program. Once you have completed eLearning we will spend one night going over some rescue skills in the swimming pool and then on to the open water to practice some rescue scenarios. You will need a certification in CPR to get the certification, we can help you out with that requirement as well.