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Course Information

Let's face it, when you are learning a new skill, you want to be taught by the best...right?  Well look no further, at South of the Surface we pride ourselves in teaching excellence.  Our primary certification agency is PADI, the largest dive agency in the world. PADI not only ensures diver and student safety by merely following the industry standards, IT SETS THEM!  We are positive that if you research the instructional agencies available in the area, PADI will be the certification card you will insist upon!




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Have you ever wanted to take the plunge?  If so, here is your chance.  Every four to six weeks we offer an opportunity for you to try SCUBA Diving absolutely FREE!  If your interested in exploring the underwater world, follow the Discover Scuba Diving link for information on our next scheduled SCUBA experience!

Open Water Diver Course 

The entry level SCUBA certification course is divided into two sections, the confined water section and the open water certification section.  Many certification agencies and dive stores, as a convenient service for their customers, use this practice for budgeting and for ease of scheduling.  In addition to these conveniences, South of the Surface actively participate in referral programs.

1. Confined Water Module (pool course)

  • This is the first step in becoming a certified SCUBA Diver.

  • The confined water course is divided into two sections; the academic, consisting of the manual, knowledge reviews and classroom studies and the second; hands on practice in the pool.

  • The pool course is 3 hours per week, 1.5 hours in class and 1.5 hours in the pool.

  • Classes are kept small (8 to 10 students) so the Instructor will have lots of time with you.

  • To ensure your safety, your entire course is directed and taught by an insured and certified Open Water Scuba Instructor.

2. Open Water Certifying Module:

  • The pre-requisite for participation in this course, is the completion of a confined water course.

  • This section of the open water course consists of four open water dives under the direct supervision of your instructor.

  • During your introduction to open water, you'll be required to demonstrate the skills you have learned in the confined water pool course.  Also, you will receive a guided tour of this new and exciting environment. 

  • The certifying module is typically conducted over the course of a weekend, two dives on Saturday and to two dives on Sunday....it's amazing how much fun you can have in two days! 

Once you have successfully completed both modules of the Open Water Course, you will receive a globally recognized C-Card to carry with you.  With PADI as your certifying agency, carrying this card identifies you as a well trained, safe and competent SCUBA Diver.  This certification card is free from inconvenient expiry dates & renewal fees, as they are good for life!  However, as you will learn in your course, if you ever find your skills are rusty, veteran divers are always welcome on our training sites or in the pool to brush up on your skills.  Just contact us for scheduling and to verify equipment and space availability.

Advanced Open Water

Go on your first adventure dive with your Instructor, you don't need tons of logged dives - that's what the adventure dives and instructor are for.... PRACTICE!

Whether you just received your open water certification or have hundreds of logged dives, the Advanced Open Water program gives you the confidence, skills and experience to take your diving to new levels of excitement.

Our Advanced Open Water courses are conducted over a weekend, consisting of 5 open water dives.  Three core dives are required and your choice of two elective dives.  

Rescue Diver Course

The Rescue Diver program makes the subject of accident prevention and management not only fun but extremely rewarding!  Until now the emphasis of your training had been on basic accident prevention and safe diving.  The Rescue Diver program takes you to the next level, expanding this to include accident management and rescue techniques.

Typically this course is conducted over a weekend, starting on Friday evening and going through till late Sunday afternoon.  Requirements for this course are:   a valid Advanced Open Water Diver certification, course manual, your own SCUBA equipment or rental equipment and lots of energy!

Divemaster Course

The PADI Divemaster course consists of three modules:  Knowledge Development, Water Skills & Stamina and Practical Application.  You'll probably progress through all three module simultaneously, based upon the course schedule that you and your Instructor agree upon.  The schedule will depend on your needs, the instructor's needs, local logistics and course requirements.

Upon completing all the requirements for certification, you'll have earned the PADI Divemaster certification and become a professional member of PADI, the world's largest and most respected organization of dive leaders and professionals!

Assistant Instructor

As your probably aware, as a Divemaster you can go straight into an Instructor Development Course (IDC) - but, the Assistant Instructor (AI) Course has several important benefits that make it the best next step for most individuals.

One of the biggest benefits is that the AI course draws upon the IDC for its course work.  This means that becoming an Assistant Instructor can reduce your IDC course load and give you more time to assimilate and apply the information you learn.  Perhaps the most important benefit of becoming an Assistant Instructor is one that you won't realize until after you become an Instructor.  The added - but limited - responsibilities an Assistant Instructor enjoys beyond the divemaster level becomes the basis of experience with student divers that helps you succeed in the IDC as a certified PADI Instructor.

PADI Medic First Aid Course

Want to be ready in an emergency? Then this program is for you! The PADI Medic First Aid program covers basic training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency care. In addition, it’s a medically based program covering primary care, secondary care and treatments.   The program is designed for divers and non-divers, and also meets the CPR and first aid prerequisite for earning your PADI Rescue Diver rating.  So if you’re seeking CPR/first aid training to meet a diving program requirement or for personal enhancement, this program is for you.

Divers Alert Network O2 Provider Course

DAN´s Oxygen First Aid for Diving Injuries Provider Course was designed to fill the void in oxygen first aid training available for the general diving public.  This course represents entry level training designed to educate the general diving public in recognizing possible dive related injuries and providing emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.

In DAN´s most recent dive accident record, less than 33% of injured divers received emergency oxygen in the field.  Few of those received oxygen concentrations approaching the recommended 100%.  DAN and all major diving instructional agencies recommend that all divers be qualified to provide 100% oxygen in the field to those injured in a dive accident.

Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver Course

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is designed to teach you the procedures for safe, recreational no decompression diving with enriched air.  The course covers the equipment and procedural concerns involving enriched air.  You'll learn how to plan dives and determine your no decompression limits and your oxygen exposure limits with enriched air.  You'll learn the proper procedures for obtaining enriched air, as well as the hazards associated with handling and diving with enriched air.

Just as important, you'll also learn about what enriched air does and does not do for the diver.  You may be surprised to learn that some things that you may have heard aren't true, and that there ARE advantages to enriched air diving of which you weren't aware.

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