What is Involved in Getting
Your Scuba Certification?
certification process consists of independant study, knowledge review, pool
skill development and four open-water training dives.
can complete the Independent study requirements using the PADI eLearning
program at your leasure. Estimated time to complete the independent study is
10-15 hours. The PADI eLearning program is included in our course
Knowledge Review and Pool Skill
instructor will go over what you have learned through independent study,
eLearning and then give you a mini quiz. You'll then practice scuba skills in
the pool. Knowledge review and skill
development sessions take place at one of the many pool locations in the
DC/MD/VA that we teach every weekend from approximatly 10am-5pm depending on
location. See our schedule
will have to complete four instructor-supervised dives over two days. From May through October, you can complete your
open-water training dives at local a quarry with Atlatnic Edge. During the rest
of the year, you can complete your training on a vacation or on one of our many
Why Learn to Scuba with
- All Equipment
Included, NO purchase necessary for our Learn to Scuba class and pool-
We make sure you like scuba diving before you have to purchase any equipment.
Just show up with your bathing suit, towel and paperwork!
- One Day
- Includes all
material, eLearning fees etc.
- 1 to 2 Instructor
to Student Ratio. This individualized attention is what allows us to offer a
one day class that covers the classroom and pool portions of the
- Classes are
offered all year round, almost every weekend in different locations throughout
the DC/MD/VA area.
- Want more time in
the water? Once you complete your first Learn to Dive class you can sign
up for as many additional water sessions for 30 days as you like, to get
comfortable or master any skill, for just $25 a session!
- Over 30 Years’
Experience Training Scuba Divers!
- Official Dive
Store for the National Aquarium. Atlantic Edge manages and staff the Guest
Dive Program for the National Aquarium. This means you can dive with us at the
Aquarium once you're certified!
you start? Part One - Class & Pool
offer classes each weekend in several locations in the Baltimore, Washington and
Virgina area. Class times usually are from 10am to 5pm depending on the
Check out locations and schedule below.
How much does it
The Learn to Scuba knowledge
development (eLearning), review and pool instruction is $395 and
- PADI eLearning
Program ( $175 value)
- Knowledge review
and pool training
- Use of all gear,
mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, tanks, regulators, BCDs and weights in the
Open Water Training
your plan is to complete your Open Water Training Dives locally, the dives are
usually conducted at Hyde’s Quarry in Westminster Maryland. Training dives take
place on a Saturday and Sunday where you will complete 2 dives each day for a
total of 4 Open Water dives. Cost of all 4 training dives is $249. Check out
information on training dives here.
Are You Ready Now To Learn
How To Scuba Dive? How to Sign Up!
pick a date and location from our list below and we’ll email you a eLearning
code and information during our normal business hours Monday through
- Anyone who is in
reasonably good health, and comfortable and relaxed in the water, can usually
learn to dive without difficulty.
- Students need to
be ten or older by the start of the course. We also offer summer ScubaCamp
programs for 10-15 year olds.
- You need to be
able to answer No to all questions on the PADI/RSTC
Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to
the start of the course.
- There is a
watermanship assessment. You need to be able to float, tread water or
drownproof for ten minutes and either:
- Swim 200 yards,
no time limit, any stroke.
- Swim 300 yards
with mask, snorkel and fins.
Once you complete these two steps you are
certified for life! It is then time to join us at the National Aquarium in
Baltimore for the best local dive around, or on one of our many dive trips to an
exotic destination. Learning to dive opens a world of opportunities most
will only dream of. Imagine exploring a coral reef, discovering
shipwrecks, taking under water photographs, and much more!
Atlantic Edge conducts the class and pool skills
in one day, but that does not mean everyone can complete it in one day, or may
just wish to spend extra time in the pool to gain even more confidence and
experience. We offer our students the opportunity to repeat the entire 4 hour
pool session for $25 as many times as you need within 30 days of your class.
That way those that can complete the skills in one day are all set to go
to the next step. Those that wish to practice some more can attend another
session. Check out our testimonials. We want all of our students to be safe and