Welcome to our world, the underwater environment. If you are interested learning to dive this is the place to start. Here you will find a complete description of our Open Water certification course and what you’ll need to get started.
Blue Marble Divers is a full service SCUBA Diving International / Technical Diving International / Emergency Response Diving International (TDI/SDI/ERDI) 5 Star Professional Development Center. We offer a wide range of courses from open water to advanced sport, technical, professional and public safety certifications.
Already a diver? Scroll down for a complete list of continuing education/specialty, professional development, technical and public safety diving courses.
BLUE MARBLE DIVERS PHILOSOPHY ON TRAINING
Our philosophy on dive training is a simple one; To provide a fun and enjoyable course, at a reasonable price which produces knowledgeable, competent, confidant and safe divers.
OPEN WATER DIVER
diving is unlike any other activity you can participate in.
SCUBA offers most everyone the
opportunity to engage in a fun and stimulating activity.
Whether you are looking to have a relaxing swim with colorful reef fish
or nomadic and endangered sea turtles, or plying the forbidding depths
in search of valuable treasure from a lost wreck SCUBA can let you
experience the dream.
Whether you are looking to have a relaxing swim with colorful reef fish or nomadic and endangered sea turtles, or plying the forbidding depths in search of valuable treasure from a lost wreck SCUBA can let you experience the dream.
SCUBA is non-competitive making it the perfect activity for the
entire family. Even non-divers in the family will find enjoyment and
excitement in the pictures, artifacts and stories you bring back from your trek to
the most underexplored region of the earth.
SCUBA is non-competitive making it the perfect activity for the entire family. Even non-divers in the family will find enjoyment and excitement in the pictures, artifacts and stories you bring back from your trek to the most underexplored region of the earth.
SCUBA helps you to better understand the environment in which we
all live. You will develop a greater appreciation of that which sustains
all life on the planet while building new lifelong friendships with
others. You will gain self confidence, learn about health and safety,
and teamwork all while having a fun and memorable experience.
SCUBA helps you to better understand the environment in which we all live. You will develop a greater appreciation of that which sustains all life on the planet while building new lifelong friendships with others. You will gain self confidence, learn about health and safety, and teamwork all while having a fun and memorable experience.
Learning to dive involves a modest investment of time to become a safe diver. As an entry-level certification, SDI has streamlined the course materials covering the essential academics that you study at your own pace.
The SDI Open Water course is composed of five classroom and pool
sessions lasting two hours each and totals twenty hours of professional
The SDI Open Water course is composed of five classroom and pool sessions lasting two hours each and totals twenty hours of professional instruction. Classroom sessions are spent reviewing the material from the student manual and DVD. Pool sessions are spent learning and developing essential diving skills.
Upon completion of the classroom and pool sessions you will make four open water check out dives where you will demonstrate your skill proficiency. Upon completion of your open water dives you will receive the SDI Open Water Diver Certification Card. This card identifies you as a diver, allowing you to rent SCUBA equipment, participate in advanced training and explore exotic diving destinations.
If you’ve made it this far you probably have some questions. Here we’ll answer some of the most common we receive.
Why should I learn to SCUBA dive with Blue Marble Divers?
Why should I learn to SCUBA dive with Blue Marble Divers?
*Small Classes to give you the attention you deserve
*Sufficient staff on hand to give you one on one assistance if needed
*Professional staff dedicated to safety
*Quality, name brand equipment
* Convenient class schedules; evenings, weekend, private and on-line training
What can I expect?
First, expect to have fun. While learning to SCUBA dive should be taken seriously, our instructors, assistant instructors and dive masters, create a relaxed atmosphere for learning and mastering basic SCUBA skills.
What does the course price include?
Included in the price
of the class is everything except your personnel
equipment, (mask, fins, snorkel, booties and a rental wetsuit for the
checkout dives). Students receive
a 10% discount on their personnel equipment purchase.
Students receive a 10% discount on their personnel equipment purchase.
Do I have to know how to swim?
Basic swimming skills are needed. Now that doesn’t mean you have to be an Olympic swimmer, but you must be able to swim 200 yards non-stop using any stroke and tread water for 10 minutes. What is most important is that you posses a modest physical fitness level and be comfortable in the water.
I have a medical condition can I still dive?
There are some medical conditions that may exclude you from diving. When you sign up for a class you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. If you answer yes to any question on the questionnaire, then you must receive medical clearance from a physician before you can participate in training or dive. For a specific medical condition question visit the Divers Alert Network
What is the minimum age to dive?
The minimum age to learn to SCUBA dive is 10 years old.
What if I miss a class?
While we prefer that you not miss any classes, we do understand that sometimes things arise in our lives that demand our attention. If you must miss a class we will do our best to arrange makeup time or move you into one of our other classes.
E-Learning - Use this
find out more.
E-Learning -Master all the important academic information on-line. Traditionally learning to dive required several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
Use this link to find out more.
Continuing Education/Specialty Courses
Price includes manual, quarry passes, air and weight.
Water (15 years of age) with parent signature – Jr. Open Water Maximum Depth 70 Feet
Price includes: quarry pass and manual
Price includes quarry passes and manual
Course price includes manual, quarry pass, air and weight. Dry Suit rental for open water dives $50.00.
This certification is FREE with the purchase of a dry suit from Blue Marble Divers.
Course price includes manual
AND RECOVERY DIVER
Course price includes manual and quarry pass.
Course price includes student manual and quarry pass
Crouse price includes dive table
COMPUTER NITROX DIVER
Prerequisite: Open Water diver Certification (from any agency)
Classroom: 4 hours
Dives: 2 Optional
The SDI Computer Nitrox course is a great next step after the Open Water Diver certification and is structured in an easy to understand manner by making use of a Nitrox programmable computer. Nitrox as a breathing gas has a lot of benefits for both the new and experienced diver. This course will cover the use of Nitrox mixtures from 22 to 40 percent oxygen.
Price includes student manual
Course price includes; training materials, quarry pass and weight.
$25.00 (Certification Fee)
Prerequisites: 21 YOA, SCUBA Rescue, 100 Logged Dives
Classroom: 4 Hours
One of SDI’s most popular courses, the solo diver program teaches experienced recreational divers how to safely dive independently of a dive buddy or strengthen your buddy team skills. The course stresses proper dive planning, personal limitations, accident prevention as well as the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving solo. You will also learn the additional equipment that is required for solo diving including it's proper usage and assembly. This is the prefect course for underwater photography and underwater video divers.
Price includes manual and quarry passes
SDI’s Open Water Sidemount Diver Specialty is a must for any sport diver wishing to use this increasingly popular equipment configuration. It teaches students how to safely utilize side-mounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the traditional back-mounted method.
During the course, your SDI Instructor will take you on a minimum of two dives and cover skills such as:
The Sidemount Diver course is strictly non-decompression with a maximum depth limit of 40m/130ft (or within the limit of the student’s current certification, whichever is shallower). Prerequisites to enroll on the SDI Open Water Sidemount Diver course are: Age 18 (or 15 with parental consent), SDI Open Water Diver or equivalent.
Professional Development Training
Certification fees, Insurance, Standards and Procedures Manual, and quarry passes are additional.
Certification Fees, Standards and Procedures Manual, insurance and quarry passes are additional.
Prerequisites: Available upon request
Prerequisites: Available upon request
Course Length: 100 hours
Course Length: 100 hours
Certification fees, Standards & Procedures Manual and Insurance not included.
Technical Diving Courses
INTRO TO TEC DIVING
Minimum Age 18 (15 with parental consent). SDI Advanced Adventure, Advanced or equivalent.
Proof of 25 logged dives.
The TDI Intro to Tech course is the perfect course for divers who have heard about technical diving and want to find out more about this exciting branch of advanced recreational diving. This course walks students through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set technical diving apart from traditional sport diving. It will show them how to improve their dive planning methods, in-water skills and streamline their existing gear configuration, in a non-threatening and fun learning environment.
ADVANCED NITROX DIVER & DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES DIVER
Prerequisites: Available Upon RequestThe TDI Advanced Nitrox Course qualifies divers to use enriched air nitrox from EAN 21 through EAN 100 to a depth of 40 metres/130 feet during dives hat do not require staged decompression. Often taught in conjunction with the TDI Decompression Procedures course, this can be considered the foundation of your technical diving career. Advanced Nitrox is also a great course for those wanting to extend their bottom times in shallower depths such as scientific diver, and a must for SCR or CCR divers.
As sport divers planned decompression is not something that we do or have been taught. The TDI Decompression Procedures course prepares you for planned staged decompression diving. With a maximum operating depth of 45m/150 feet, this course is your first step beyond the normal sport diving limits.
Combined Course Price for Advanced Nitrox and Deco Procedures. Includes required training materials.
Gas fills and admission or trip fees additional
NITROX GAS BLENDER
Prerequisites: Available upon request
In the TDI Gas Blender Course, you will receive a foundation of skills and knowledge that is needed to blend enriched air nitrox for recreational divers. You will demonstrate proficiency in blending enriched air nitrox and the proper labeling of nitrox cylinders. The TDI Nitrox Gas Blender manual will take you through the processes of blending nitrox in an easy to read and understand format. Additional support materials include the SDI/TDI Gas Blending Log.
As the first in a series of overhead courses, the TDI Cavern Course takes a serious look at the skills needed to conduct safe and enjoyable cavern dives. Although the cavern course is conducted in the light zone you will still be in an overhead environment. Your TDI Cavern Instructor we cover topics and skills such as
INTRO TO CAVE
The TDI Introductory Cave Course takes a serious look at the skills needed to conduct safe and enjoyable cave dives. During the cave course your TDI Instructor will teach you the proper techniques for diving in a cave environment while staying on the main line. Your TDI Intro Cave Instructor will cover topics and skills such as
The TDI Cave Course is the highest overhead environment rating offered by TDI. This course is for the serious adventure wanting to explore further into the overhead environment, make jumps off of main lines to adjoining passages. During the cave course your TDI Instructor will teach you the proper techniques for diving in a cave environment while maintaining a constant guideline. Your TDI Cave Instructor will cover topics and skills such as
The TDI Advanced Wreck course is the next step for any diver that has taken a wreck diver course. During this course, your TDI Instructor will teach you the proper techniques for locating and planning a penetration dive. The advanced wreck course is commonly taught with other popular TDI course such as advanced nitrox, decompression procedures, extended range, closed circuit rebreather, and trimix. The course covers topics and skills like
The TDI Advanced Wreck Diving manual covers all the most commonly used wreck diving techniques in cold and warm water
As your motivation to explore progresses you will find that you may want to go deeper to dive that wreck that is part of history or that cave system that you have read so much about. One of the major limiting factors of going deeper is narcosis; TDI’s Trimix Diver course shows how to minimize the effects of narcosis by adding helium to offset the nitrogen in your breathing gas. While taking the Trimix Diver course your TDI Instructor will teach you how to plan and execute dives utilizing as little as 18 percent oxygen and diving to maximum depth of 60 m/200 feet with a blend of helium appropriate for the planned depth. The course covers topics and skills like
The TDI Advanced Trimix Diver course is the top level of training for open circuit divers wishing to dive to depths as deep as 100 m / 330 feet utilizing hypoxic levels of oxygen (below 17 percent). This course is perhaps one of the most informative and challenging and upon completion you are among some of the most elite divers. Your TDI Instructor will teach you
The TDI Advanced Trimix manual is one of the most up to date manuals and includes all the latest of technology and practices being used
Unit Specific for Inspiration/Evolution, KISS, Optima, Megaladon, Sentinel, PRISM, rEvo, Pelegian, Hammerhead and Titan.The TDI Air Diluent Closed Circuit Diver Course (certification depends on unit/electronics used) is your first step into closed circuit rebreather diving (CCR Diving) and your first truly quiet diving experience. Using the latest in technology CCR’s maximize your gas supply of Nitrox and provide the optimum breathing gas for any depth by maintaining a constant partial pressure of oxygen (PPO2). During the dives (minimum of seven) your TDI Instructor will teach you all the necessary skills to conduct CCR dives to a maximum depth of 30 m/100 feet. The skills for this CCR Diving Course include:
OPTIMA REBREATHER - Deco (ADD-ON)
The TDI Air Diluent Closed Circuit Decompression
Procedures Diver Course (certification depends on unit used during
training) is the second level certification course for divers
wishing to utilize a closed circuit rebreather (CCR) for air diving.
The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits,
hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic
CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 45 metres / 150 feet using
an air diluent for formal decompression diving.
OPTIMA REBREATHER - MIXED GAS
The TDI Mixed Gas course (certification depends on unit/electronice used) is your next step into closed circuit rebreather diving and with the addition of helium as a diluent gas, it is your opportunity to explore a little deeper. Using the lastest in technology CCR’s maximize your gas supply and provide the optimum breathing gas for any depth by maintaining a constant partial pressure of oxygen(PPO2). During the dives (minimum of 6) your TDI Instructor will teach you all the necessary skills to conduct CCR dives utilizing helium as a diluent gas and oxygen levels as low as 16 percent to a maximum depth of 60 m/200 feet. The skills include:
The individual TDI manuals provide comprehensive information about the unites and how they operate during a dive, this combined with the TDI Trimix Diver manual complete the academic knowledge needed to conduct mixed gas CCR.
Public Safety Courses
This entry level emergency response diving course is designed to give the public safety diver the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of a public safety dive team and is OSHA and NFPA compliant. Topics such as problem solving, tender skills, search patterns and evidence handling are covered just to name a few. Dive skills include executing search patterns, victim recovery, emergency procedures and decontamination procedures among others. ERD I also serves as a prerequisite to ERD Ops Components courses.
This ERDI course enables the public safety diver to develop detailed knowledge and advanced skills in emergency response diving. Among the topics covered are manner of death, physiological changes a submerged body undergoes, mechanics of drowning, handling of remains, environmental issues, encapsulation, full face mask and drysuit use. As part of the certification requirements during the six dives, students will also master drysuit and full face mask skills.
ERD DRYSUIT OPS
The ERD Drysuit OPS course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary for drysuit diving operations in emergency response diving. In addition to the fundamental skills of drysuit diving, other important topics include encapsulation, contaminated environments, protecting potable water supplies and decontamination procedures. Drysuit OPS training is also part of the ERD II curriculum.
ERD ICE DIVING OPS
Conducting emergency response operations in an overhead environment, such as ice diving, presents hazards and challenges to the ERD team not found in normal situations. Important topics and skills that are presented during this course include physiological aspects of cold-water diving, appropriate equipment for ice diving, surface support procedures as well as scene preparation and lost diver drills.
Proud Provider of American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training
American Red Cross first aid, CPR and AED programs are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. Additional training in bloodborne pathogens, oxygen administration and injury prevention can be added to CPR and first aid training to prepare you to prevent and respond to life-threatening emergencies. Red Cross Preparedness programs in first aid, CPR and AED are available for any age and can be tailored to the needs of specific groups and individuals. Whether you work with children, want training for employees, are a professional rescuer, or simply want to know how to help someone in an emergency, the American Red Cross has a program for you.
Adult Standard First Aid with CPR
Every diver and dive buddy should have basic life support skills. The American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR course provides you with the knowledge and skills to provide these vital life saving measures at the dive site, home or office. CPR is a prerequisite for many of the Divers Alert Network courses.
Course Length: 6 Hours
Course Price: $60.00
Includes all materials
Oxygen First Aid For SCUBA Diving Injuries
DAN´s Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Provider Course was designed to fill the void in oxygen first aid training available for the general diving public. This course represents entry level training designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public in recognizing possible dive related injuries and providing emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and/or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.
Course Length: 4 Hours
Course Price: $60.00
Includes all materials