Scuba Diver 1: Introduction to Open Water Diving

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. Must be 10 or older.

The Scuba 1 program consists of 15 hours of traditional lectures and 15 hours of pool training sessions. The goal of this program is to prepare a dive student for the required Open Water certification experience. Students who opt for participating in the online PADI Open Water Diver eLearning program will be required to pass a Quick Review at the completion of that program. The Quick Review will be coordinated and proctored by one of our staff instructors. eLearning students are encouraged, but not required, to also attend classroom lectures. However, an eLearning student who scores less than 75% on the required Quick Review is then required to take the full 50-question final examination which follows the traditional lecture program. The lecture program may more fully prepare students to take the final exam.

It is important to note that the eLearning option incurs an extra cost that is paid directly to PADI. This added component allows for flexibility of schedules if knowledge development requirements are met as noted above. eLearning students who affiliate with Georgia Tech should expect to also pay the course costs as published for the traditional Scuba 1 program.

Course ID: REC 1100P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

This course requires a SCUBA Medical Statement that must be completed and emailed to the course administrator prior to arrival.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Jul 2, 2018 Jul 24, 2018 Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $329 18690
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15455 Jan 7, 2015 Feb 11, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $289
15456 Feb 23, 2015 Apr 8, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $289
15457 Mar 24, 2015 Apr 5, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $289
15620 May 7, 2015 May 24, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $289
15626 Jun 18, 2015 Jul 22, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $289
15766 Aug 13, 2015 Sep 23, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $329
15780 Aug 26, 2015 Sep 6, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $329
15776 Aug 27, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $329
15778 Oct 1, 2015 Nov 11, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $329
16477 Jan 4, 2016 Feb 7, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $329

Special Discount

Exclusive discounts are available for this course. Georgia Tech and Georgia Aquarium Employees and Georgia Tech Alumni are eligible for an $80 discount (coupon code "REC-80"). 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



  • Revised 2014 PADI CrewPak

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Jim Consuegra