Open Water Diver

Open Water Courses

Open Water Scuba Diver

Mon – Fri: 6:30 to 10PM at Giggling Marlin (classroom & pool dives)

Sat – Sun: 9:00AM to 4:00PM (lake dives – lake locations vary per weekend)

Cost: $399 + $50 Refundable Deposit for DVD

Includes: class text material (a $95.00 value!) & rental equipment (buoyancy control device (BCD), regulator with octo and console, dive computer, tanks and air fills, wet-suits (if necessary)

Required Personal Gear to be purchased separately: Mask, snorkel, fins, fin boots, weight belt, weights

(read below to find out about our discount gear package!)

Click here to find out what’s included!

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Open Water E-Learning

Tues 6:30 pm – Gear Fitting, Swims, Quick Review Test

Wed & Thurs – 6:30pm to 10:30pm – Pool Sessions at Gigglin’ Marlin Pool

Sat – Sun 9:00AM – 4:00PM (Lake dives locations vary)

Cost: $249 (includes rental equipment: buoyancy control device (BCD), regulator with octo and console, dive computer, tanks and air fills, wet-suits)

Required Personal Gear to be purchased separately: Mask, snorkel, fins, fin boots, weight belt, weights

PADI E-learning text materials cost (paid directly to PADI): $195.00
**You must complete the E-learning online text material through PADI before taking our class, however, you may sign up for the classes at the same time!

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Dry Suit Add On Course

Want to stay warm while completing your Open Water Certification this Winter? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.

Save some money on your course by completing it in conjunction with your Open Water Certification Course and get it for only $129! Sign up for the Open Water course + Dry Suit Add On Course for an extra $129! The Dry Suit Course can be completed during the same time frame as your Open Water Course.  Add On Course includes course fee, Dry Suit manual, certification card and Dry Suit Rental.

Gear Package

Save some money on your basic gear and get it for about 50% off! Sign up for the Open Water course + gear package for an extra $249+tax for a total of $269.54! Gear package includes fins, boots, mask, snorkel, weight belt, and 10 pounds of weight.*

*No refunds available for gear package. This package is only available with the purchase of a course. Some students may need more than 10 pounds of weight. Extra weight must be purchased separately.



Paradise Preferred Package

Why complete your course in a cold lake when you could go to the Caribbean? Sign up for the Paradise Preferred Package to complete your checkout dives in beautiful Cozumel, Roatan or St. Croix!

Next Trip: We will plan this for you depending on your available dates! Or you can join one of our group trips already planned.

Cozumel Packages depending on the Hotel chosen can include: hotel, taxes, meals, drinks, alcohol, airport transfers, 2 tank boat diving, lunch on the dive boat, gear concierge service.  We also have contracts at hotel in the downtown area with breakfast only packages, no drinks. dive tips are extra

Roatan Package includes Hotel, Diving, Transfers.  Not included: alcoholic drinks, dive tips

St. Croix Package will include Hotel, Diving, Rental Car, breakfast.  Not included other meals and drinks, dive tips.

Course price: $599.00 for the course and includes crew pack + you will be responsible for your basic gear

Minimum number of students are required depending on the dates and destination chosen.

The Open Water Certification Course


The Fun Part

Start to learn the skills essential to scuba diving. Gain confidence underwater and get ready to dive on your next vacation!

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore

You will learn:

  • Safe diving practices
  • Dive planning fundamentals
  • Problem management
  • Breathing air at depth
  • Recreational diving and dive tables: basic knowledge
  • Recreational diving and dive tables: dive planning

The Scuba Gear You Need

Required Items (not included in course tuition):

  • Open heel fins and dive boots
  • Mask and snorkel
  • Weight belt and weights
  • Mask cleaner and defog

Optional Recommended Items (not included in course tuition):

  • Mesh gear bag (for transport and rinsing of gear)
  • Dive slate (for logging bottom times and communication)
  • Wetsuit (in case of extreme temperatures – for purchase or rent)

Fit is very important for many of these items, so it is not recommended to buy them online. Additionally, many online sellers are not authorized dealers of scuba-grade brands, and are likely to be uncooperative if you need to return or exchange any items. All of these items can be purchased in our shop before your course, so make sure you leave time to come in and try on some gear!

Items Provided by Gigglin’ Marlin (rentals included in course tuition):

  • Buoyancy control device (BCD)
  • Regulator with octo and console
  • Dive computer
  • Tanks and air fills
  • Wetsuits (if necessary due to extreme temperatures)

If you decide to buy any of this major gear after you’re certified, all of these items are available for sale in our shop as well. Feel free to come in and try something on!

The Learning Materials You Need

You will need the Open Water Course Crew Pack, which is available for purchase in our shop. This crew pack includes all the academic material you will need to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • What are the five steps in a pre-dive safety check?
  • What is the maximum depth limit for all recreational diving?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of decompression sickness?
  • At 12meters/ 40 feet a diver runs out of air. Her buddy is more than 60 feet away, what should she do?

Correct answers will allow you to complete the book quickly. For incorrect answers, you’ll read a brief explanation to help you understand the concept.

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