Open Water Certification

Our entry level PADI Open Water certification is a fast, fun and safe way to enter the fabulous underwater world. Your certification card will enable you to dive anywhere in the world, buy or rent equipment, and never expires. All of the training including Open Water dives are done on Marco Island. That means no additional expenditures for you in terms of hotel rooms and meals out! We do not     have a set schedule, we schedule around your availability, whether you’re a local or visiting.

We can complete training in as little as 3 days, and can certify students as young as age 10!

How do I start? Sign Up Online!

We can certify anyone with the desire and the determination to become a scuba diver, from ages 10 and up! We streamline our Open Water Certification classes to complete the certification in four sessions. To start...

Prep work is done online with the PADI website. Typically, the online work takes around 8 hours to complete, and once it's completed, we move on to the review, pool and practical scuba instruction sessions.

From the date of your initial registration, each Open Water Student has 12 months to finish their certification. The online work may be completed from the comfort of your home - freeing up your valuable vacation time!

Medical Concerns

There are some medical conditions that don’t jive with scuba diving. If you’re generally healthy and a non-smoker you shouldn’t have any issues. There is a medical questionaire that we ask you to please read through. If there are any conditions that apply to you, there is a scuba physical form that your doctor will need to fill out in order to approve you for the physical activities presented when scuba diving. Let us know and we can send it to you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We also have a local doctor here who is acquainted with scuba physicals, should you need one.

Session 1: Classroom Review & Intro to Dive Equipment

Your instructor will review key points you learned in the home study portion and answer any questions you might have. We will set up a 'scuba unit' and demonstrate its features. We also complete all the pre-dive paperwork: release forms, knowledge reviews, etc. If needed we will outfit you with snorkel gear. We have superb equipment at excellent prices and guarantee your satisfaction. 

Duration is about 2 hours. We typically take a short lunch break then meet back up for…

Session 2: Pool Training

 Let's blow some bubbles! Relaxing and breathing through your mouth is all it takes. We will assemble and test equipment, then learn and practice scuba skills. Patience is key as we swim you down the path to scuba proficiency. We may complete all the pool requirements that day, if not we will wrap it up just prior to session 3. We take as long as needed to ensure all skills are mastered and each diver becomes comfortable in the water.   

Duration varies based on class size and comfort level, generally 3.5+ hours.


Sessions 3 & 4: Open Water Dives (done over 2 days)

Let's dive! We may do dives 1 & 2 in Tarpon Bay, entering the water off of a dock. No currents or waves means no potential seasickness!
Tarpon Bay is Approx 3 to 4 hours.

For dives 3 & 4 we will be onboard our 32 ft. Twin Vee custom dive boat, the Psychquatic and big thrills await! For more details see About Gulf Diving. If time is a constraint or if the weather isn't cooperating with your schedule, we can do dives 3 & 4 in Tarpon Bay if need be to complete your certification.

Finally, we wrap up your certification by logging your dives and taking a salty 'glamour shot' for your Open Water Diver certification card!

Your comfort level and proficiency in the water is our priority! We understand that there is a lot of information to comprehend and we all learn at our own pace. We’ve trained thousands of divers over 25 years and are well versed at helping students overcome any anxieties they may have.

At Scuba Marco, patience & kindness are always free!

What you'll need...

Students are responsible for training material, dive mask, snorkel, fins, a wetsuit (if needed), and a logbook. Snorkel gear can be rented or purchased. If at any point during training you're not happy with any product we will gladly exchange it! If you already have snorkel gear, bring it in and we will let you know if it’s dive quality.

Training Material

Online courses are very popular and are also available on mobile devices although PC’s are less glitchy. Visit to get signed up for your Open Water Certification. Be sure to select Scuba Marco as your dive shop affiliation so we can be notified of your progress!


The Open Water Certification includes rental of the Scuba Unit (Regulator, BCD, Dive Computer, Tanks & Weight). We are a SCUBAPRO Platinum Dealer and our student gear is new and top notch! If you love diving we will take the time to assess your needs and guide you through the purchase of equipment that best suits you. We turn our student equipment over regularly so if you desire to save some money. Don't forget our 'We Will Make It Right' guarantee, we stand behind the used gear we sell for a year. If at any point during training you're not happy with any product you've purchased, we will gladly exchange it!

Instruction Fees

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