At Ocean First, we strive to give the customer ALL of the information about class costs upfront. We belive in no hidden costs and provide an unmatched, superior experience.

The following is included in every Ocean First Open Water Scuba Diver certification: 

  • Academics & student materials, including online digital training materials, manual, logbook, and digital certification card
  • Confined water training including classroom and pool training, and use of scuba equipment for all pool sessions
  • Unlimited practice sessions: jump in our pool for free during our practice sessions before your certification dives
  • Open water training dives: the required four open water checkout dives are included in the cost of the class and can be completed at a variety of locationsIf you choose not to purchase your own Total Diving System, rental equipment is provided for an extra cost.


How much does it cost?

Our full open water scuba diver certification starts at $649, and includes everything listed above without any hidden fees. We believe in tailoring our class experience for individual needs and offer a variety of open water class options. Call us or stop by for an orientation to learn more information. View calendar of upcoming classes.


Class Options: 

    • Up to 6 people per class (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
    • Regularly scheduled Monday/Tuesday for three weeks or Friday-Sunday for two weeks
    • Fits 2-6 people per class (with a 4:1 student to teacher ratio) and guarantees yourself and your friends/family personalized time with an instructor
    • Regularly scheduled Friday-Sunday for two weeks
    • Fits 1-4 people per class
    • Scheduled for your needs (subject to instructor & pool availability)


Become Open Water Scuba Certified in Five Steps:

Step 1: In-Store Orientation

Your first step is in-store orientation, which lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. Orientations allow new customers to see the facility, meet our friendly staff and discuss specifics of the open water course, including equipment requirements, costs, and timeframe for completion. This will also give you the opportunity to review our group classes or schedule a private. We kindly ask that you call ahead to schedule an orientation so we can ensure a training specialist will be available to meet with you. 

Step 2: Own your mask, fins, and snorkel

We require all students bring a mask, snorkel, fins, bathing suit, and towel each night for class. Most open water students purchase our Open Water System, which includes a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, and mesh bag, before the first night of class. The cost of this system can then be applied towards purchasing the rest of your Total Diving System whenever you’re ready to upgrade. A rental BCD, regulator, alternate air source, tank, and weights are provided for your classroom and pool portions of class. 

Step 3: Online Training

After your orientation, you will be given a log-in to access your online training materials. Please make sure you complete all of your online training BEFORE your first day of class to ensure that you get the most value from the classroom and pool training. 

Step 4: Classroom & Pool Training

Each day of the open water scuba course includes a short classroom workshop reviewing dive theory and then the majority of the time in the pool practicing scuba skills. We encourage students to continue practicing even after their pool training ends and offer unlimited complimentary practice sessions until students have completed their checkout dives. 

Step 5: Open Water Checkout Dives

Your final step is completing four open water checkout dives. We offer a number of local, domestic, and international dive trips every month, so there are plenty of options to choose from. If you’ve already scheduled a trip, we are happy to provide a Universal Referral, which will allow you to complete your checkout dives while on your vacation. Note that rental equipment is available for your open water dives at an additional cost. 

Once these steps are complete, you will officially be a SSI Open Water Scuba Diver! Whether you want to learn about sea turtles, night diving or how to respond in an emergency, there is always room to grow. Our Continuing Education classes help you build confidence and knowledge while opening new and exciting doors.


Why Choose Ocean First? 

Private Facility with Indoor Heated Pool

Our brominated, low-chemical pool is heated to 89 degrees and is open year-round. This allows us to offer classes that fit your schedule, as well as free practice sessions to keep your skills up to date. Find out more information about our facility here.

Small Class Sizes

Our classes have a strict 4:1 student to teacher ratio, ensuring you get the attention you need during your learning experience. 

No Hidden Costs

We strive to give the customer ALL of the information about costs upfront so there are no hidden feels or unwelcome surprises. When comparing costs, make sure you know what is and isn’t included. 

30-Day Money Back Guarantee 

If you are not completely satisfied with any piece of equipment you purchase, bring it back within 30 day for an exchange or full refund. 

Eco-Friendly & Forward Thinking

As an official B-Corporation, we recognize that our business has inherent impacts on our planet and we use our best efforts to minimize and offset those impacts. 

In-House Travel and Service Departments

We are a full-service dive shop, which means in addition to our retail floor, we are able to service almost all types of scuba equipment and have an in-house travel agency that schedules group & custom trips. 

Equipment Package Pricing

Owning equipment is an important step in a diver's journey, and the options can seem endless. We have done the work for you and created a range of equipment package options for every type of diver, at discounted package pricing. 

A Community of Divers

By joining the Ocean First family, you are joining a friendly community of mile-high ocean enthusiasts. With free monthly socials, community events, and customer parties, there is always something on the books. 



The Fine Print:

Deposits & Payments: Every Ocean First, LLC (OF) course requires full payment for enrollment. Reservations are not guaranteed until payment is received. 

Changes to Reservations: A $75 rescheduling fee will be charged for any scheduling change made less than 14 days prior to the first day of class.

Cancellation & Refunds: Digital course materials are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

  • Cancellations made 14 days or more prior to the first day of class qualify for a full refund minus the cost of the digital materials. 
  • Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the first day of class will incur a $75 cancellation fee per student.