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LEARN TO SCUBA COURSE Atlantic Edge Has Been Training Divers For Over 30 Years!

What Does it Take to Get Your Scuba Certification?

The certification process consists of independent study, knowledge review, pool skill development, and four open-water training dives.

Independent Study

You can complete the independent study requirements using the PADI eLearning program at your leisure. Estimated time to complete the independent study is 10-15 hours. The PADI eLearning program is included in our course fees. 

Knowledge Review and Pool Skill Development

Your 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 DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and we teach every weekend from approximately 10am-5pm depending on location.  See our schedule below.

Open Water Training

You will have to complete four instructor-supervised dives over two days. From May through October, you can complete your open-water training dives at a local quarry with Atlantic Edge. During the rest of the year, you can complete your training on a vacation or on one of our many group trips.

Why Learn to Scuba with Atlantic Edge?  

  • All Equipment Included. NO purchase necessary for our Learn to Scuba class- 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 Course!
  •  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 certification.
  • Classes are offered all year round, almost every weekend in different locations throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia 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 to master any skill, for just $25 a session!
  • Over 30 years of experience training scuba divers!
  • Official dive store for the National Aquarium. Atlantic Edge manages and staffs the Guest Dive Program for the National Aquarium. This means you can dive with us at the Aquarium once you're certified!   

 When can you start? Part One - Class & Pool

Go Dive Now

We offer classes each weekend in several locations in the Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia area. Class times usually are from 10am to 5pm depending on the location.

Check out locations and schedule below.

How much does it cost?

The Learn to Scuba knowledge development (eLearning), review, and pool instruction is $395 and includes:

  • 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 pool

 Open Water Training Dives

If 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 two dives each day for a total of four open water dives. Cost of all four 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!

Just 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 Saturday.

Prerequisites

  • 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 years of age or older by the start of the course. We also offer summer Scuba Camp 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 drown proof 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 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 confident divers.

Learn to Dive Paperwork

Learn to Dive Course Description

Learn to Dive Paperwork Packet

 

Learn To Scuba $395.00

 Start DateEnd DatePlaces Available 
19 Nov 201719 Nov 20174

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 19 Nov 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00 - Frederick Hood College Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 19 Nov 2017 from 09:00 to 13:30 - Frederick Hood College Pool

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26 Nov 201726 Nov 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 26 Nov 2017 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 26 Nov 2017 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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02 Dec 201702 Dec 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 02 Dec 2017 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 02 Dec 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool

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03 Dec 201703 Dec 20176

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 03 Dec 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 03 Dec 2017 from 12:00 to 17:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool

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03 Dec 201703 Dec 20176

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 03 Dec 2017 from 15:00 to 17:00 - Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)
  • Pool dives - Sun 03 Dec 2017 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)

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09 Dec 201709 Dec 20171

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 09 Dec 2017 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 09 Dec 2017 from 12:30 to 18:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool

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10 Dec 201710 Dec 20171

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 10 Dec 2017 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 10 Dec 2017 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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16 Dec 201716 Dec 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 16 Dec 2017 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 16 Dec 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool

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17 Dec 201717 Dec 20177

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 17 Dec 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00 - Frederick Hood College Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 17 Dec 2017 from 09:00 to 13:30 - Frederick Hood College Pool

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06 Jan 201806 Jan 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 06 Jan 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 06 Jan 2018 from 13:00 to 17:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool

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07 Jan 201807 Jan 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 07 Jan 2018 from 10:00 to 11:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 07 Jan 2018 from 12:00 to 17:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool

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13 Jan 201813 Jan 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 13 Jan 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 13 Jan 2018 from 12:30 to 18:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool

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14 Jan 201814 Jan 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 14 Jan 2018 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 14 Jan 2018 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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20 Jan 201820 Jan 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 20 Jan 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 20 Jan 2018 from 13:00 to 17:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool

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21 Jan 201821 Jan 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 21 Jan 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 - Frederick Hood College Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 21 Jan 2018 from 09:00 to 13:30 - Frederick Hood College Pool

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28 Jan 201828 Jan 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 28 Jan 2018 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 28 Jan 2018 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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03 Feb 201803 Feb 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 03 Feb 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 03 Feb 2018 from 13:00 to 17:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool

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04 Feb 201804 Feb 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 04 Feb 2018 from 10:00 to 11:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 04 Feb 2018 from 12:00 to 17:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool

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10 Feb 201810 Feb 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 10 Feb 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 10 Feb 2018 from 12:30 to 18:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool

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11 Feb 201811 Feb 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 11 Feb 2018 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 11 Feb 2018 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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17 Feb 201817 Feb 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 17 Feb 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 17 Feb 2018 from 13:00 to 17:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool

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18 Feb 201818 Feb 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 18 Feb 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 - Frederick Hood College Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 18 Feb 2018 from 09:00 to 13:30 - Frederick Hood College Pool

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25 Feb 201825 Feb 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 25 Feb 2018 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 25 Feb 2018 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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03 Mar 201803 Mar 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 03 Mar 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 03 Mar 2018 from 13:00 to 17:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool

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04 Mar 201804 Mar 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 04 Mar 2018 from 10:00 to 11:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 04 Mar 2018 from 12:00 to 17:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool

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10 Mar 201810 Mar 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 10 Mar 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 10 Mar 2018 from 12:30 to 18:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool

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11 Mar 201811 Mar 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 11 Mar 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 - Frederick Hood College Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 11 Mar 2018 from 09:00 to 13:30 - Frederick Hood College Pool

Request More Info

11 Mar 201811 Mar 20188

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 11 Mar 2018 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 11 Mar 2018 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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