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"I've always wanted to try it, but I've never had the time."

Dive West offers scuba classes flexible enough to fit within any schedule. We offer weekend classes, group private classes, and individual private classes that meet when you want to meet. Your Open Water scuba certification can be obtained in just two weekends. We use the PADI approach for our training, a proven method of easy and effective learning. Anyone can learn to dive using our training methods.

Choose from any of our course offerings to start learning today. Our course schedule is at right and is frequently updated.

Love scuba diving?  Want to share it with others on a whole new level?  Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career.  Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others.  As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your 1st level of professional training.  Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you'll fine-tune you dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems.  You'll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you'll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training.  Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home with Dive West, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you.  PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world - PADI.

If you've always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world's most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

Experience diving in a safe, controlled, and fun environment. Minimal instruction time helps you to be introduced to the water sooner. This course will help you dive comfortably in our indoor-heated pool.

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences: That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives.

Re-enter the water with confidence. If you haven't been diving regularly or recently, join our Scuba Skills Update course to refresh your dive knowledge and skills. Our single-night pool session will bring you back up to speed.

The Spring Lake Management Plan requires that anyone diving in Spring Lake must first take the Spring Lake Dive Authorization course (DAC). This requirement is in place to ensure that all divers entering Spring Lake are knowledgeable of the rules and regulations that apply here.

All our courses are available as private classes to fit your schedule and individual needs. We also schedule private classes for small groups upon request. As with other classes, open water training can be completed locally or in the Caribbean. Contact us for schedule possibilities and fees.

It happens:  People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving.  If you've ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you.  There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success.  And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items.  Search and Recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

"Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies"

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.

Hangin' out, Brandi Farch Red Sea 2017

Digital photography is easier than you think. Learn how to take pictures underwater and go from taking snapshots to photographs that will be appreciated and admired by your family, friends and dive buddies.

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.