What do I need to do to get certified?
Here is our best answer: Come into the shop and pick up a crew pack with books or click our link to PADI elearning to start online. At this time you can purchase a mask, snorkel, fins and booties and we can go through the required paperwork and course expectations while you are here.
The traditional way of classroom learning with the crew pack is $379. We will explain to you what needs to be done and what paperwork needs to be filled out prior to your first classroom session. We usually meet Saturdays or Sundays at 11am, go over some self study work then head to the pool at 2:00pm. We are at the pool until 5:30pm. You should come into the store at least 3-4 days prior to starting class to allow ample time to complete the home study. You’ll also need a quality mask, scuba fins, snorkel and booties for class fitted to you for safety and comfort. You can purchase these items while you are at the shop and we will give you a student discount. We will do 3 pool and 2 classroom sessions and you will be ready to do 4 Open Water checkout dives to complete your lifetime certification.
Elearning starts when you click the link to PADI. You will pay them $179 for the online portion and you will pay us $200 for pool fees. We will give you a logbook when you come into the store to purchase a quality mask, scuba fins, snorkel and booties fitted to you for class. After 3 Sundays at the pool and upon completion of the elearning you will be ready to do 4 Open Water checkout dives to complete your lifetime certification. eLearning
After completion of class/pool or elearning/pool sessions we will do 4 Open Water checkout dives over a Saturday and Sunday locally at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA about an hour away from Philly. Dutch is a dedicated Scuba Park with a sunken school bus, planes, boats and even a helicopter! The fee for the local check out dive is $275 plus air fills which are $8 each. The $275 covers rental gear, instructor fees, lunch and certification fees. Dutch Springs charges a $40 entry fee per day (not included in the $275 fee). After this weekend we will process your certification and you will receive a C-card!
If you want to do the checkout dives elsewhere on a vacation we will give you a referral free of charge to take to your destination. We can also help you choose a fun place to take a scuba trip!
Where do you dive around here?
This is our most popular question! Besides starting in a local pool we also dive in many lakes in Pennsylvania including Dutch Springs and Bainbridge. You can dive in these lakes year round, which may even lead you to try ice diving. We also dive the shipwrecks in New Jersey. There are thousands of wrecks, but we dive our favorites. You can take pictures, spearfish, bag lobsters or artifact hunt. Visibility in our area can be from 10ft to 50ft with temperatures in winter around 35 degrees and 60 degrees in the summer. You’ll wear wetsuits to keep you comfortable. There are other shore diving sites within a couple hours drive. Within an 8 hour drive is warm water shark and shipwreck diving in North Carolina.
What’s the cost?
Great question! For a basic lifetime certification your investment is around $950. Broken down there are pool and classroom tuition fees, basic gear fees (mask, snorkel, fins and booties) and Open Water check out dive fees. You can dive to 60ft after this certification. After certification we can rent you a gear package for $75 and put you on one of our New Jersey charters for $115. You could also continue on to advanced classes and take trips with us. Most trip, class and gear prices can be found on Scubadelphia’s website. If you are not sure you want to commit to a full certification, take our Discover Scuba for $59 and spend 2 hours in the pool to see if you like it. If you enjoy it and want to get certified we will take the $59 off your Open Water tuition!
How long does it take to get certified?
In a nut shell you could be certified through us in 3-4 weeks. You’ll need to do some classroom or elearning sessions, pool/confined water sessions and 4 Open Water checkout dives with an instructor to complete your training. Please call us to put a schedule together. Pool and class training are most Sundays from 11am-5pm. The Open Water dives are done locally weekends in the spring and summer. If you would like to do the 4 Open Water dives on a vacation we can give you a referral free of charge to complete your certification.
What about Sharks?
We go to particular destinations like North Carolina just to dive with sharks. We could tell you all kinds of stories about the thousands of dives we’ve done without ever having a negative experience with a shark. If you are still afraid of sharks, don’t worry, there are many destinations where sharks are not found.
How do I become a SCUBA instructor?
Becoming an instructor requires a lot of time and money. Not only do you need to move up the ladder of certifications but you need a full set of SCUBA gear such as a regulator, tanks, BCD, exposure suit, etc. You also need to take classes beyond the initial Open Water class like Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver, Dive Master and Emergency First Responder. Once that is all said and done, being a dive instructor is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Scubadelphia has a course director on staff that can train and guide you through all of the steps to becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor.
Other questions? Please call us at 267-343-5590.