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  • SSI Open Water Scuba Diver

SSI Open Water Scuba Diver

If you want to dive anywhere you want, with anyone you want, the Open Water Diver program is your international certification to be part of an exclusive group of underwater explorers that most people only dream about joining. Learning to dive is much easier than you think. The best way to experience this amazing new sport is the SSI Open Water Diver program. Course Price does not include Required Gear Purchases for the Class.  Scroll down for more details.

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What does the total course cost?

The full course cost is $699

What do I get for the $699?

The Course includes all your digital training, the SSI App for your phone or tablet, all your Classroom training, A minimum of 3 pool sessions (we will use more if needed), and up to 6 open water training and fun dives. The course also includes Rental Scuba Gear needed for the course. This includes the Air Delivery System, Buoyancy System, and a Dive Computer. The $699 does not include your Personal Snorkeling System or your Personal Exposure System. These items are fitted to each person and therefore are a required purchase from us before your first pool session. During your classroom session your instructor will help you with picking out these items. Will I need my own Air Delivery System, Buoyancy System, and Dive Computer, or can I rent? You will not need these items to take the course. We supply these three systems during your class. When you are ready to purchase your Air Delivery, Buoyancy, and Computer Systems, we have these to meet most any budget. We even offer financing. Be sure to ask us about financing. We will be glad to assist you by customizing these systems tailored for you. We are also Certified Lab Technicians for the diving systems we sell. So, we can take care of all services and repairs that you may need. Price does not include your Snorkeling System, and Exposure System for the Class. These items consist of Mask, Open Heeled Fins, Snorkel, Boots, and Wetsuit. These must be fitted and purchased at Lake Hickory Scuba & Marina before your first pool session.

Where will I do my Training Dives?
We will do your Pool Training Dives at one of our Local YMCAs. Your Open Water Training dives here in the Lake are included in the price above. We also have many other options and locations.

After my training, where can I go dive?
We have a trip somewhere every month. They may be to another Lake, Quarry, or Ocean. We also do several diving trips a year to the Caribbean. There are many opportunities to dive. We also offer discounts on some of our trips to members of the “Regulators Dive Club”. You can read more about the Dive Club on our webpage. Please check us out on Facebook and YouTube for videos of past travel.

What are the age requirements?
For a full certification you must be at least 10 years old.

How long does the certification last?
Once certified, you are certified for life. That been said, it is recommended that if you haven’t made a dive in more than two years that you take a refresher course.

Do I have to be a great swimmer?
No. But there is a need to be able to sustain yourself in the water if needed. An untimed swim test and water tread is required. You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer for this.
How can I get Started? Easy. First I would suggest you come in and see us to get started but if you would like to go ahead and get an account with SSI (the training agency), then just go to our webpage: and click on the “Get Started for Free” button and fill in all the information. Then you will already be registered free of charge before you come in for your orientation. After signing up with SSI please go to your Play Store with your phone/tablet and download the MY SSI App.

Our Store GuaranteeOur Store Guarantee To You

Lake Hickory Scuba & Marina is committed to providing every customer with the very finest dive equipment, dive education, and dive travel, all with unequaled personal service. We are here to help you make informed purchasing decisions that enable you to attain your personal diving goals while meeting your personal financial needs. We have safe, high--quality diving equipment in all price ranges. We guarantee our service and our equipment. You can shop with confidence at Lake Hickory Scuba & Marina. We appreciate your friendship, loyalty and support and and we appreciate your business!

Lake Hickory Scuba & Marina

1. Years of Combined Teaching Experience.
2. 100% Instructor/Assistant Instructor and Divemaster Staff.
3. Small Class Size (1-4 people).
4. Group or Private Lessons.
5. Indoor Heated Pool (10’ Deep).
6. Extra Pool Practice Time.
7. Huge Selection of Equipment with Competitive Pricing.
8. Scuba Student Discounts.
9. Easy Payment Programs and Financing.
10. Full Service Facility and Dive Travel.
11. We Guarantee Fun!

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