Frequently Asked Questions about Scuba Certification

What steps do I need to take to become a certified SCUBA diver?

Where is the class and pool work done?

Where are the Open Water Dives done?

Can I do my class and pool sessions here and my open water dives in the tropics while on vacation?

How long does this process take?

How old do you have to be to become a certified diver?

How much does it cost?

Is there a discount for 2 or more students?

Is the use of SCUBA gear included in these prices?

I want to buy some gear, why shouldn’t I buy online?

How long is my certification good for?

Do you have a class schedule available?

How do I register for one of your classes?

What steps do I need to take to become a certified SCUBA diver?

To become a PADI Certified Open Water Diver, the following three steps are required;

1) Academic – Here you’ll learn the basics of dive theory, equipment and safety.

2) Confined water – Next, you’ll head to our heated, indoor pool to start the confined water training. This is where the real fun starts! While in the pool, you’ll learn the basic skills of diving to make you comfortable and confident before going to the open water phase of training.

3) Open water dives – The final phase is the open water checkout dives. Here you’ll demonstrate what you mastered in our pool and begin exploring the underwater world.

Where is the class and pool work done?

All academic and confined water training is done onsite. We have our own classroom, complete with digital projector.  Downstairs is our heated indoor pool with showers and lockers for your convenience. Just bring a bathing suit & towel!

Where are the Open Water Dives done?

That depends on what time of year you plan on doing your open water dives. During the winter months (September through May) we go to the Homestead Crater in Heber City, Utah. The Crater is a perfect place to do the winter Open Water Dives due to its water temperature of 96 degrees! There are a variety of activities available other than diving due to its close proximity to Park City and Sundance, Utah.

The summer months (June through August) we do our dives locally, usually at the Aurora reservoir. It’s a fun weekend starting at 8:00 am each day and finishing up around 2:00 pm.

Can I do my class and pool sessions here and my open water dives in the tropics while on vacation?

Absolutely! All that’s required is a Referral Kit from us and you’re ready to enjoy your dives and the tropical sun at the same time. In most destinations, we can even book your Open Water Dives with a reputable PADI dive facility.

How long does this process take?

We can get you certified in as little as two weekends. Our weekend classes are designed for those with limited free time. However, you can also get certified in a more leisurely pace with our extended weekday format courses. Both formats are followed by the Open Water Dives conducted over one weekend.

How old do you have to be to become a certified diver?

The minimum age is 10 years old, however some restrictions do apply to divers under the age of 15 for safety reasons

How much does it cost?

If you plan to do all three steps with us, we have a package price Included is:

  • Academic and confined water training ($164)
  • Student kit ($123.85) (Open Water manual, DVD, dive tables, log pages and student record file)
  • PADI certification processing fee ($35.00)
  • Open water dives ($497.85)

If you’re planning on doing your Open Water Dives while on vacation, the class & pool fee is $164.00  The student kit is required (Open Water manual, DVD, dive tables,  log pages and student record file) for $123.85.

Is there a discount for 2 or more students?

Providing the students can study the DVDs together, the cost of the student kit decreases by $47 for each additional person, as the additional students do not need to purchase the videos or DVD.

Is the use of SCUBA gear included in these prices?

The use of mask, fins, snorkel, buoyancy compensator, regulator, gauges, tanks and weights are included in the cost for all pool work. Gear is available for rent for your open water dives ($25/day). Mask fins and snorkel are also available to rent ($6/day), however we highly recommend owning these three items for a few reasons: First, you can save 10% to 15% on our discounted student packages. Secondly, mask, fins, and snorkel are your most personal gear, and it’s a good idea to train in them. Finally, if the gear is purchased during class, you can try everything out in the pool, any problems can be fixed with an easy exchange to get you gear that works for you.

I want to buy some gear, why shouldn’t I buy online?

We get this question a lot. And while the bottom line may be less expensive than what we can match, keep in mind the services we offer that an online retailer can’t; we will spend as much time as it takes to find gear that works well while keeping you safe. We offer our pool to try the gear out during classes, and will exchange the items with no questions asked in time for your next pool session, how many online retailers can offer that? Finally, here’s an interesting warning we found on a leading online retailers site. If you have any further questions that we can answer, please don’t hesitate to ask.

How long is my certification good for?

Once certified, you’re certified for life! For safety reasons, we do recommend a Scuba Review course if it’s been more than a year or two since your last dive.

Do you have a class schedule available?

Absolutely, simply click here.

How do I register for one of your classes?

It’s simple, just pick a date and give us a call (303-988-6725). We’ll get you registered! If you don’t know which date will work for you, that’s fine, we can still register you and you can pick a date at your leisure. There is a medical questionnaire to fill out as well as some reading and video viewing before your first class.

Thank you for allowing us to introduce you to the fascinating world under the sea. Please call us for further details on becoming a PADI Certified Open Water SCUBA Diver!

Underwater Phantaseas – 303-988-6725