Group Open Water Diver Class

Group Class


Group classes reduce your cost of learning and introduces you to other people who are learning to dive!

The group class option is conducted over two consecutive weekends (see schedule below). The class size is between 4 and 6 students, minimum age of 10 years old. 

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Students in the Pool

Group Class Schedule

Week 1
Day Time Activity Location
Friday 6:00PM - 10:00PM Open Water Academics Heroes Dive Center
Saturday 9:30AM-12:00PM Pool Training  Pool
Saturday 1:00PM - 5:00PM  Open Water Academics Heroes Dive Center
Week 2
Day Time Activity Location
Monday 6:30PM-9:30PM Pool Training Pool
Tuesday 6:30PM-9:30PM Pool Training Pool
Wednesday 6:30PM-9:30PM Pool Training Pool
Friday 6:00PM-10:00PM  
Nitrox Academics Classroom
Saturday 7:45AM - 12:30PM Open Water Dives 1-3 *Varies
Sunday 7:45AM - 12:30PM Open Water Dives 4-5 *Varies

Course Structure

  1. Open Water Diver Academic Review
    • Review online academics
    • Ask instructor any questions you have!
    • Create a dive plan
    • Learn proper equipment assembly
    • Complete Final Exam
  2. Pool Training
    • Conducted at the Pool in Long Center in Clearwater, FL
    • 8-10 hours of in-water scuba skills training
    • Additional time can be booked for a fee
  3. Enriched Air Nitrox Academic Review
    • Review online academics
    • Plan a nitrox dive
    • Analyze a Nitrox cylinder
  4. Open Water Dives
    • Four to five open water dives are conducted over two days
    • Location varies based on weather, availability, and student preference
  5. Certification!
    • Your certification is issued upon successful completion of training.
    • Physical card is handed out at the next Heroes Hangout (usually the first Tuesday of every month at Clear Sky Draught Haus in Dunedin)
    • a Digital card is available to you in the MySSI app

Open Water Dive Locations*

We will conduct the first day of open water dives either Hudson Grotto located in Hudson, FL, Blue Grotto or Devil’s Den located in Williston, FL. These decisions are made with the entire class and depends on weather, availability and the class's preference. 

We strive to conduct the second day of open water dives on a boat charter in the Gulf of Mexico. These dives are dependent on weather and boat charter availability. If a boat is unavailable, we will conduct the second day of diving at either Blue Grotto or Devil's Den.

The locations we visit most often include:

Blue Grotto or Devils Den: Natural springs located in Williston, FL (Typically Day 1's dives are conducted here.)

A local dive boat charter, where you will dive on an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico.

Boynton Beach FL, where you will dive on the east coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean.

Key Largo, FL where you will dive on the beautiful coral reefs just off the coast of the Florida Keys.


*Entrance fees, boat charter fees, or trip fees for the open water dives are not included in the price of the class. 

Courses Include

SSI Open Water Diver and Enriched Air Nitrox online learning academics
In-person classroom training
Pool Fee and 3 pool sessions
Rental scuba gear including BCD, regulator set with dive computer, wetsuit, and air/nitrox cylinders and weights
Digital and Plastic certification card (Physical card is given out at our Monthly Heroes Hangout)
Access to a digital logbook for two years

Courses Do Not Include

Mask, fins, snorkel, booties, and surface marker buoy (all available for purchase at the dive center)
Entrance fee for all Open Water Check-Out Dives (price depends upon dive site used)
For an extra fee, you may select a paper logbook

Cancellation Policy and Fine Print

For cancellations more than 48 hours before the first day of class: The online learning academics cannot be refunded, those are yours to keep. However, we can refund the rest of the course to you as store credit.
No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 48 hours before the first day of class or once the class has already started. There will be a $100 surcharge to reschedule.

Any students between 10 and 14 years old will require an additional dive master to be present, so there is a $100 surcharge for these students. These students will be certified as Junior Open Water Divers, 10 and 11 year olds have a depth limit of 40 feet with and 18 year old dive buddy, and 12, 13, and 14 year olds have a depth limit of 60 feet with an 18 year old dive buddy. Once student turns 15, they are no longer considered "junior" level, and can come into the store and update the certification. 

Once academics, pool training and open water dives are successfully completed, a digital certification card will be issued. A Physical certification card will be handed out at our monthly Heroes Hangout!

Come on an Adventure with us!

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2109 A Main St
Dunedin, FL 34689
P: 727-733-1919