April 21, May 5 & 19, June 2, 16 & 30
Our TDI /SDI Open Water (beginner) courses are conducted over one Saturday (9am-5:30 pm). 9am-12 noon at Orbit Marine for classroom session. 1pm-5:30pm at the Milford/Orange YMCA for pool session.
The basic course fee is $300 ($265 for friends/family able to share same DVD!) and includes: SDI or PADI text book & DVD (that you keep), all classroom and pool sessions and the use of all SCUBA equipment for the pool sessions. NOT INCLUDED are the student’s mask, fins, booties, snorkel and log book. We advise these items not be purchased until registration, as these items must be fitted! NOTE: To register, please stop in at Orbit Marine at least one week prior to first class meeting to pick up text, DVD, work book and registration folder as there is an easy homework assignment required to be completed prior to course date.
Orbit Marine has a full selection of quality dive gear and our Open Water student receives a 10% discount on his/her class gear purchase! Also not included are four open water training dives, which will be done on two days as soon as possible after the completion of the class and pool sessions (locally…May-October or while student is on a warm location vacation).
Certified SDI or PADI instructors teach you both the theory and the practice of scuba diving. The classroom session teach the science of scuba diving, explain how the equipment works and show how it is used. The instructor goes over the information explained in the manual, helping the student to understand each important point. Students learn the physics of SCUBA diving, how to identify various marine life, different ways to get into and out of the water, and some of the incredible places that divers can explore for themselves.
The pool sessions are skill building confidence exercises, and allow the student to get used to the equipment and the underwater environment. In the pool, underwater excercises allow the student to develop the skills needed to be a safe diver, and gain confidence in the ability to handle underwater experiences carefully and sucessfully.
After about 3 hours of classroom instruction, and another 4.5 hours of pool exercises, it is time for the open water checkouts with the instructor, where the students demonstrate their ability in the real water
Open Water Training Dive Procedures
Unlike most of our competitors, we believe in keeping our students local to complete their training dives. All of our training is done aboard one of three “ORBIT DIVER” boats here in Long Island Sound, which gives the student supervised experiences in diving from a boat, and handling the cool water and lower visibility found in many real world diving locals. Not to mention that these dives can be completed on just two mornings or afternoons in the Bridgeport/Fairfield area! No need to travel away for the weekend!. The confidence that comes from knowing that you have handled cool water with reduced visibility, gives you confidence everywhere else that you dive. Students also find that salt water marine life is more interesting and more varied than freshwater life, and the student can meet and view marine life in it’s natural habitat. Lobster anyone?
The fee for all four local training dives is $210.00. This includes two half day boat trips, two training dives a day w/instructor, all rental scuba gear (except student’s mask, fins, booties, snorkel & gloves) & SDI or PADI Open Water Diver registration. Students from another shop with a referral, please add $50.00 referral fee.
Not interested in diving locally? You can complete your training dives on any of our fantastic dive trips or while on your own vacation with a referral letter from your instructor.