Scuba Diver 1: Introduction to Open Water Diving

Important Course Information

This course requires a SCUBA Medical Statement. The form must be emailed to the course administrator prior to arrival.

Course Description

Scuba Diver 1 is an entry-level course for people who have not been previously certified to Scuba dive and provides a comprehensive overview of basic concepts that are required to dive safely. Topics include diving equipment, diving physiology, dive planning, environmental considerations and recognizing and managing risks associated with Open Water diving.

Participants who successfully complete the classroom and pool work will qualify for an Open Water certification experience, which must be taken separately and is not included in the course fee. Successful completion of the Open Water experience will result in an industry recognized and accepted certification at the level of Open Water Diver.


CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15619 Apr 20, 2015 Jun 3, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $289
15620 May 7, 2015 May 24, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $289
15627 May 21, 2015 Jun 7, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $289
15626 Jun 18, 2015 Jul 22, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $289
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15455 Jan 7, 2015 Feb 11, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $289
15456 Feb 23, 2015 Apr 8, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $289

Special Discount

Exclusive discounts are available for this course. Georgia Tech and Georgia Aquarium Employees are eligible for a $90 discount (coupon code "REC-90"). Georgia Tech Students are eligible for a $140 discount (coupon code "REC-140"). Please use the appropriate coupon code during the online check-out process. 

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout. Coupon codes cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart . To use this discount, a valid employee or student I.D. will be required in class.



  • Completed SCUBA Medical Statement emailed to the course administrator prior to arriving for the course
  • A signed release from a physician if any of the items in the SCUBA Medical Statement are noted with a positive (YES) response. A "yes" response does not necessarily disqualify a candidate from diving but instead acknowledges that there is a pre-existing condition that may or may not effect safe scuba participation
  • Must meet watermanship requirements to include a 200 meter swim (free style), a 10-minute water tread and an underwater breath hold swim for distance
  • 10 years old or older
  • 10-15 year olds must get approval from the course director prior to acceptance into the program

Who Should Attend

Those who are interested in becoming certified to scuba dive

How You Will Benefit

  • Know the risks associated with diving.
  • See and use diving equipment.
  • Understand diving science and adaptations.
  • Practice dive planning.
  • Learn about the diving environment.


  • Risks associated with diving
  • Diving equipment
  • Diving science and adaptations
  • Diving skills
  • Dive planning
  • Diving environment



  • PADI Open Water Manual with Dive Tables (imperial version)

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Jim Consuegra