Florida Scuba Diving Lessons, Certification and Instruction
Get your Scuba Diving Certification!
If you don’t have your Open Water Scuba Diving certification at a minimum, you’ll need to take scuba diving lessons from a scuba instructor at one of the dive shops or scuba schools in order to become certified to scuba dive in Florida (or anywhere else). To have a scuba instructor in Florida get in touch with you, please complete the request for dive instructor form below (see a sample Divers’ Request page available to subscribed dive instructors) Open water certification allows you to dive without an instructor present unless the charter requires it as part of the dive.
If you have your Open Water Certification, you might want to take additional scuba lessons while in Florida to enhance your scuba diving experience – now and in the future. See the Divers’ Request Page.
What are the possibilities? Briefly:
Resort Course or Discover Scuba Course
If you know you want to dive, then lessons to obtain the Open Water Scuba Diving certification is the best place to start. However, if you are not sure if diving is for you but were always curious, try the Discover Scuba course. Start with a scuba instructor and learn the basics, followed by instructor led pool dives and reef dives. See what the reefs look like up close, experience the weightlessness while you watch the marine life go about its business. The Discover Scuba course can make for an exciting family outing!
Open Water Scuba Diving Certification
Your Open Water Scuba Diver certification allows you to rent equipment and/or buy air fills for your tanks. It gives you the basics to start diving with a friend or buddy and limits the depth you can dive to a certain number of feet. Depending on the dive agency (PADI, NASE, NAUI, YMCA) from which you obtain your open water scuba diver certification, you may dive to a maximum depth of 60 or 100 feet below the surface. But remember, some of the best diving is found well above 60 feet! (For deeper dives and night dives, learn about scuba lessons for the Advanced Open Water Certification.)
Your scuba instructor will teach you all of the basics with some book time required on your part. In addition to the books, there is a pool dive followed by 4 open water dives in a spring or in the the ocean or gulf. The instructor will also test your new scuba skills during the final dives to make sure you have mastered the basics of breathing underwater!
Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Certification
After you have received your open water scuba diving certification and have made a minimum number of dives, you are eligible to seek an advanced scuba diving certification. You’ll learn more about the safety, physics and physiology diving as well as the dive tables. In addition, your scuba instructor will also teach navigation and night diving. You will learn how to to dive to deeper depths and learn the responsibilities that come with it. Once you have made some deep dives (130 feet) you will see the benefits of scuba lessons for the Nitrox Diver certification.
Learn more about how your dive equipment works and how to maintain and repair your scuba gear. This scuba course alone can save money by ensuring that your equipment is in top shape – especially when on that special dive for which you’ve planned and spent good money.
Nitrox Diver Course
Learn and start to understand the theory and practice of diving on oxygen enriched air – Nitrox!. You’ll learn maximum operating depths, gas analyzing, the benefits of longer bottom times and shorter surface intervals between dives than diving on just air.
Rescue Diver Course
The Rescue Diver course is designed to teach you the skills for the prevention and management of scuba diving emergencies. It is also a first step toward becoming a dive professional. CPR is a requirement for the course.
Learn how to make scuba diving your career. See the various Agency sites for information on their programs and search for jobs in scuba diving.
This course teaches proper body attitude when descending into an overhead environment, the fragile ecosystem of our aquifers, proper use of a reel, importance of the 1/3 air rule, the necessity of proper training and buddymanship.
Cave Diver Course
This is a highly specialized aspect of diving and should only be attempted by those in good physical and mental health. Seek the best instructor for this level of certification.
Specialty Diving Courses
From photography to deep diving, tech diving to wreck diving to night diving: there are courses available to suit your desires.
Let’s not forget the juniors. Age 12 and above with most Agencies are eligible to begin lessons and become certified to dive with their parent.