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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!   Divers and Dolphin

 When can you start? Part One - Class & Pool

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 
28 May 201728 May 20171

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 28 May 2017 from 09:00 to 11:00 - Randallstown Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 28 May 2017 from 11:30 to 16:00 - Randallstown Ymca Pool

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04 Jun 201704 Jun 20170

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 04 Jun 2017 from 09:30 to 11:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 04 Jun 2017 from 12:00 to 17:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool

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04 Jun 201704 Jun 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 04 Jun 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00 - Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)
  • Pool dives - Sun 04 Jun 2017 from 09:00 to 01:30 - Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)

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10 Jun 201710 Jun 20172

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 10 Jun 2017 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 10 Jun 2017 from 13:00 to 18:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool

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11 Jun 201711 Jun 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 11 Jun 2017 from 14:30 to 16:30 - Frederick Hood College Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 11 Jun 2017 from 09:00 to 13:30 - Frederick Hood College Pool

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24 Jun 201724 Jun 20173

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 24 Jun 2017 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 24 Jun 2017 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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25 Jun 201725 Jun 20177

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 25 Jun 2017 from 09:00 to 11:00 - Randallstown Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 25 Jun 2017 from 11:30 to 16:00 - Randallstown Ymca Pool

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02 Jul 201702 Jul 20176

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 02 Jul 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 02 Jul 2017 from 12:00 to 17:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool

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02 Jul 201702 Jul 20177

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 02 Jul 2017 from 15:00 to 17:00 - Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)
  • Pool dives - Sun 02 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)

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08 Jul 201708 Jul 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 08 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 11:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 08 Jul 2017 from 12:00 to 18:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool

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08 Jul 201708 Jul 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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16 Jul 201716 Jul 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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22 Jul 201722 Jul 20177

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 22 Jul 2017 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 22 Jul 2017 from 08:00 to 12:30 - Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Swim Club Pool

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23 Jul 201723 Jul 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 23 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 11:00 - Randallstown Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 23 Jul 2017 from 11:00 to 16:00 - Randallstown Ymca Pool

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06 Aug 201706 Aug 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 06 Aug 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 06 Aug 2017 from 12:00 to 17:30 - Ellicott City Ymca Pool

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06 Aug 201706 Aug 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 06 Aug 2017 from 15:00 to 17:00 - Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)
  • Pool dives - Sun 06 Aug 2017 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Arlington (Yorktown High School Pool)

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12 Aug 201712 Aug 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 12 Aug 2017 from 09:00 to 11:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 12 Aug 2017 from 12:00 to 18:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool

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13 Aug 201713 Aug 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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19 Aug 201719 Aug 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 19 Aug 2017 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 19 Aug 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00 - Annapolis Ymca Pool

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20 Aug 201720 Aug 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 20 Aug 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00 - Frederick Hood College Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 20 Aug 2017 from 09:00 to 13:30 - Frederick Hood College Pool

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26 Aug 201726 Aug 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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02 Sep 201702 Sep 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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03 Sep 201703 Sep 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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03 Sep 201703 Sep 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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09 Sep 201709 Sep 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sat 09 Sep 2017 from 09:00 to 11:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sat 09 Sep 2017 from 12:00 to 18:00 - Catonsville Ymca Pool

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16 Sep 201716 Sep 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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17 Sep 201717 Sep 20178

Learn To Scuba

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

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24 Sep 201724 Sep 20178

Learn To Scuba

  • Class review - Sun 24 Sep 2017 from 09:00 to 11:00 - Randallstown Ymca Pool
  • Pool dives - Sun 24 Sep 2017 from 11:00 to 16:00 - Randallstown Ymca Pool

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