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 in water up to a maximum depth of sixty feet. The class consists of three different training segments; Theory, Pool Diving, and Open Water Diving.
1. Theory – This is a home study program you will be able to complete at your own pace. The program is streamlined and efficient cutting out the fat and sales pitches often inserted by “Legend in their own mind” scuba instructors who like to tell long harrowing tales of their scuba exploits which often have no relevance to the open water course. This program is administered by PADI on their eLearning platform. 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, heated, salt water pool. These sessions are scheduled several times per month on weekday evenings. 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.
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. You will do more than just follow a guideline from the shore to an instructor waiting for you at the other end. You will swim out off the beach with your instructor and really get the feel for what it’s like to go diving. During the dives you will be asked to perform many of the skills you learned during your pool training.
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 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.
Testing and Performance: Before diving in the open water each student must pass a 25 question written review test with a minimum score of 85%. Each student must also be able to swim 300 yards (wearing a mask fins and snorkel) and tread water for 10 minutes. In the open water students must perform to the instructors satisfaction the skills learned in the swimming pool. Upon meeting all requirements you will have earned your Open Water Diver certification which is the first step to enjoying the sport of SCUBA diving!
Theory $150 includes eLearning access and eLearning crew pack.
Pool Training $150. Due when you sign up for your first pool session
Open Water Training $150. Due when scheduling your open water dives
There are no additional fees for certification processing
June 25 & 26 from 7PM to 10PM
July 23 & 24 from 7PM to 10PM
August 12 & 13 from 7PM to 10PM
August 27 & 28 from 7PM to 10PM
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.