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| Rockville |Annapolis |Frederick | Randallstown |
| Washington D.C. |



Learn to Scuba

Your Most Experience Scuba Training Center


Atlantic Edge Scuba has been helping people of all ages to learn to scuba dive in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. for over 30 years.  Learning to Scuba with Atlantic Edge is the beginning of a whole new world of adventure under the sea.


We start by introducing you to Scuba in your choice of pools all over the MD, D.C. and N. Virginia region.  The goal is to have you obtain your P.A.D.I Certification that consists of pool, four open water dives in a local quarry, and independent eLearning (included in the course fee).

Your will appreciate the 2:1 Student to Instructor Ratio that offers safe and comfortable instruction to get the most out of your training.


Once PADI certified, Only Atlantic Edge Scuba can offer you a chance to dive in Baltimore, MD at the National Aquarium. This is a truly unique experience only available through Atlantic Edge.

We also arrange and lead several Adventure Excursion Trips throughout the year to exotic destinations with our master dive instructors and your fellow scuba diving family. 


Learn to Scuba Today! Choose a Pool and Take the Dive!

Training available at the following locations: Rockville MD, Annapolis MD, Gaithersburg MD, Arlington VA, Frederick MD, Randallstown MD, Catonsville MD, Washington D.C., Ellicott City MD.


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 60 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 $449 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 a local Quarry or at a local Spring. 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 $279. 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.


  • 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 60 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


  Start Date Location Places Available   Price    
19 Dec 2020 Sterling Virginia 4 US$ 449.00

Class Review
Sat 19 Dec 2020
12:00 AM
Sterling Virginia
Pool Dives
Sat 19 Dec 2020
10:30 AM
05 hours 00 minutes
Sterling Virginia

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20 Dec 2020 Frederick Maryland 3 US$ 449.00

Class Review
Sun 20 Dec 2020
08:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
Frederick Maryland
Pool Dives
Sun 20 Dec 2020
10:00 AM
05 hours 00 minutes
Frederick Maryland

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