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Learning to dive is EASY and FUN! 



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 twelve or older by the start of the course. Ten- and eleven-year-olds can take part in one of our summertime scuba camps to earn Junior Certification or join a private class session. Contact us for more information regarding certifcation options for kids under 12,
  • You need to complete the Medical History Form & secure a physician’s approval if necessary.  (Please read the form thoroughly to determine if a doctor's signature is required based on your medical history.)



What is Involved?

The certification process consists of self-study, academic review and in pool skill development, and a minimum of four open-water training dives.

  • All of our materials are now digital and can be downloaded and read anywhere or anytime.  Traditional textbooks are also available.

  • Academic review and skill development involves going over what you have learned during your self study through active learning with your instructor and then mastering several critical skills in the pool.
  • Open water training involves a minimum of four instructor-supervised dives.

Academic review sessions take place at Just Add Water. Skills development sessions take place at any of a number of nearby pools. From June through October you can complete your open-water training dives at White Star Quarry here in Ohio. During the rest of the year, you can complete your training on one of our many group trips or at a dive destination of your choice.



Part One - Class & Pool Menu

We know you are busy and we hope that Scuba Diving can offer a much needed element of fun and relaxation into your life! At Just Add Water we offer two different class options to help accommodate your schedule. Depending on which schedule works best for you, you will choose between one of the following options:

Option 1Executive Class -  Extended Weekend Class (Group Class)

For busy individuals who would like to complete all of the classroom and pool requirements over just one weekend, Just Add Water offers the Executive Class.  Class starts on a Friday evening followed by the additional classroom & pool sessions on  Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend. Click the link above for more info and for upcoming start dates.


Option 2: Private Class - Your Schedule. Your Pace.

With the Private Class option you will work closely with Just Add Water to choose dates and times that work best for your busy schedule. The Private Class not only offers a customized schedule, but also gives you the undivided attention of your personal Scuba Instructor, private equipment seminars, personalized travel planning and more.


Just Add Water reserves the right to reschedule classes for any reason, including but not limited to, low participation, inclement weather, etc. If you have any concerns on whether or not a class will run, please contact Just Add Water.



When can you finish? Open Water Training Dives

If your plan is to complete your Open Water Training Dives locally (June-October), the dives are conducted at White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Training dives take place on a Saturday and Sunday - here you will complete a total of 5 Open Water dives over two days.The cost for Open Water Training Dives is $195.




June 8-9


June 22-23


July 13-14


July 27-28 (Dive Fest Weekend! Dives are $20 additional)


Aug 10-11


Aug 24-25


Sept 14-15


Sept 28-29


Oct 19-20




Just Add Water reserves the right to reschedule classes for any reason, including but not limited to, low participation, inclement weather,  etc. If you have any concerns on whether or not a class will run, please contact Just Add Water.


Required Equipment

You will need your own mask, snorkel, wetsuit boots, adjustable scuba fins, audible and visual signaling device (signal tube and whistle) and a few other items for both pool sessions and open water training dives. These need to meet some very specific requirements, so don’t buy anything without talking to us first. 

If you do your open water training dives here in Ohio, you will need to supply all of the necessary equipment. Many of these items are available for rental and all are available to purchase from Just Add Water.

How to Sign Up

You can sign up in person or over the phone at either Just Add Water location. If you sign up over the phone, you will still need to schedule a visit to the store as soon as possible for your personal orientation.

Need Forms?

Access the Just Add Water Medical Form.

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