Your SCUBA Diving Gateway to
Lake Tahoe!

Sand Harbor - Lake Tahoe

OPEN WATER

TREAT YOURSELF TO AN ADVENTURE!

    By viewing this page, you have taken the first step in the adventure. To become a certified SCUBA diver, you allow yourself the thrill and excitement of the beautiful underwater world. From the warm waters of the Caribbean and the South Pacific and out-of-the-way places such as Micronesia, the Red Sea, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, to our home waters of Lake Tahoe, the underwater community invites you to become a part. Having a look at this amazing and mystical community can be simple and safe with professional SCUBA training. In a matter of a few hours, you are a member of a unique group of people bonded together by the desire and excitement of visiting the other 2/3 of our world.

     Central California waters surrounding Monterey are noted throughout the world for their kelp beds and underwater wildlife. Being so close to such a resource gives the beginning diver an incredible variety of places to visit. Treat yourself to an adventure! Allow yourself a peek at "what's down there". It is an experience you won't forget.

What do I do in the course?

     The course is divided into three sections; home study/review, pool dives, and open water dives, where a logical progression of knowledge and skills are introduced. You cover a wide variety of topics from things you feel while diving, to the equipment you will use; and diving skills from how to kick, to buoyancy control.

How long is the course?

This depends on which certification course you choose. You may prefer the personalized private instruction course tailored to your individualized needs. You may also choose the more social multi-week group course. We meet a couple of times a week for the pool dives and review sessions. You decide whether to do your open water dives locally or on your vacation. If you decide to do the open water dives locally, youll spend another weekend at Lake Tahoe or Monterey, CA. The certification option you choose will determine the length of the course.

How do I choose a certification option?

Thats easy. Sierra Diving Center offers Private, Semi-private or Group certification options. We can help you make this choice when you sign up.
The Private Course is a program scheduled according to your needs and time table. It can be conducted in as little as 24 days, or as long as you desire. The open water dives can be conducted locally in Lake Tahoe, in the ocean, or on your tropical vacation!
The Executive Course is a Friday evening and one weekend for the pool dives and review. The open water dives take one weekend for all four. You choose Lake Tahoe dives monthly, Monterey quarterly or on your vacation for these dives!

How do I get started?

     You can "Start Today". Just come in and register for the course that you have selected. The only financial commitment you need to make is a small deposit and possibly your basic snorkeling equipment which is listed below. When you register for the course, you will receive your "PADI Diver Manual", your dive computer, and your diving log book.

So I need my own snorkeling equipment, what else?

     Because mask, appropriate fins, snorkel, boots and gloves are personal items, it is required that you provide these yourself. This equipment is not included in the certification costs. We have this equipment available for purchase at great rates or it can be rented.
    Under certain circumstances, a doctor's approval may be required. Your instructor will be sure to point this out early in the course so you won't miss any of the fun.
    The fees quoted to you for the certification option include all instruction, use of the equipment in the pool, books and materials, and certification fees. So once you have your own basic equipment listed above, there are no other equipment purchase requirements.

What about open water equipment?

     Many divers prefer having their own equipment prior to open water or their vacation. If youre not sure, you can rent a SCUBA PACKAGE (wetsuit, tank, regulator, BCD, and weight belt) at a special rental price for any of the certification options that you might select. This may be rented prior to each open water weekend or dive. Your rental fees can even be applied to your purchase of equipment.
    If you should decide to use, or purchase, all or part of your own equipment for certification, the rental fee will decrease accordingly.

What kind of certification do I get?

     When you have successfully completed the pool, classroom and open water work, you will receive your PADI OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION CARD, which is your international ticket for diving and it is valid for life. And to keep you proficient we have regular dive outings.

After the course, then what?

     Your instructor will talk about your "Adventures in Diving" Course which would follow immediately after your Open Water Course. Additionally, your instructor will discuss: Rescue, Divemaster and a variety of Specialty Courses. We also have an activity program which sponsors a variety of trips and activities. Your instructor will give you more details during your course.

3 "START TODAY" CERTIFICATION OPTIONS!

Private Course
Course Preparation Guide (PDF File) -----  Adobe Acrobat Reader Required  

    This includes all review sessions, pool dives and choice of open water dives conducted locally or on your vacation. These are conducted at your convenience. These dives include local orientation, skill practice and underwater tour to discover the magic found only underwater at a schedule that is convenient and easy and for you to enjoy.

Your course fee includes:

* All review sessions, pool dives and open water dives

* Use of scuba equipment in the pool and open water

* All videos, books and certification materials

* Four certification dives

* Certification card and picture

* Unique adventure with new found friends

* FUN! FUN! FUN!

Executive Course
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Course Preparation Guide (PDF File)  -----  Adobe Acrobat Reader Required  

     This includes one weekend for all review sessions and pool dives. A second weekend for your open water dives is also needed.. You can do your dives locally or on your vacation. These dives are conducted monthly in Lake Tahoe or quarterly in Monterey, CA. You Choose which meets your needs. All dives include local orientation, skill practice and underwater tour to discover the magic found only underwater!

Your course fee includes:

* All review sessions, pool dives and open water dives

* Use of scuba equipment in the pool

* All books and certification materials

* Four certification dives

* Certification card and picture

* Unique adventure with new found friends

* Lifetime of thrill and enjoyment

 


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