Columbus Scuba is cross-certified to teach from the following agencies:

  • IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Diving)
  • PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)
  • SDI/TDI (Scuba Diving International/Technical Diving International)
  • DAN (Divers Alert Network)
  • EFR (Emergency First Response)

The Open Water course cost is all inclusive, and is the lowest you’ll find anywhere. There are no hidden fees in our course cost. The cost includes your academics, certification, equipment rental, and Open Water Check-Out dives.

Columbus Scuba provides the hard gear for all our recreational courses. We ask you to provide mask, fins, and snorkel, as these are personal fitting pieces of equipment required by all dive schools. Gear purchased from Dicks, REI, online, etc. or borrowed may not fit properly or be quality scuba grade equipment. Stop in and we will show you what to look for and offer you a fitting session whether you purchase from us or not.

Open Water dives begin in the later part of May when the water and air temperatures have warmed. We utilize all of Ohio’s great diving quarries for the Open Water checkout dives. There are several dates to choose from throughout the warmer months. If you choose to do your dives with another instructor, a referral letter will be provided for you.

Classes are generally held in the evenings, once a week, and last four weeks. Specific dates & times can be arranged with our Flex-Schedule option. Refer to our class schedule page for specific dates that are planned.