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OTWA boasts some of the most professional instructors available in the Tampa Bay area. We are a full service NAUI dive center and offer a variety of courses from beginner to Open Water Instructor. Our staff has many years of experience and is dedicated to providing you with the training for your skill development. Families, young adults and persons with special needs are welcome. Please contact OTWA and speak with one of the staff to discuss your needs and answer your questions. A signed waiver is required for all divers. Complete our online waiver: Adult | Minor
- Open Water Course -$395.00 Includes e/learning kit
Our classes are based on your schedule.You can start your adventure today! Call for details.
- Open Water Weekend Course – $495.00 Includes e-learning kit
2 weekends – Fri night 6pm-9pm, Sat 8am – 1pm, Sun 8am – 1pm
- Private Courses – $895 Includes e-learning kit
Available upon request.
Things you need for Scuba Class:
Scuba Quality mask, snorkel, fins, dive boots, weights & surface marker buoy (SMB).
What we provide:
Buoyancy compensator (BC), Regulator, Dive Computer, Tanks & all air fills during training. Your fresh water dives to Lake Denton or the Springs are included. You will be responsible for the cost of your final Saltwater checkout dives which could include any of the following:
- Florida Keys
- Grand Cayman
- Gulf of Mexico
- West Palm Beach
Don’t Stop Learning!
Your open water certification is simply your license to learn! Increased bottom time, sky-rocketing confidence, and looking way cooler are a few of the many benefits of advanced education with SCUBA!
Students must furnish their own equipment. Air tanks are supplied through the class and students may pay extra to upgrade to nitrox tanks. Dives are not included in the price of the class to allow for a more tailored experience. Up to three dives per day may be counted for continued education courses. All classes include NAUI certification and academic materials.
- Advanced Open Water – $395
This course is a continuing education certification course for certified divers. It is an enjoyable program of continued supervised experience designed to introduce divers to a variety of diving activities and to be taught entirely in an open water setting. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training. This course is appropriate for divers who:
• Desire additional training.
• Have moved from one diving area to another and desire local orientation.
• Do not have, but wish to obtain, NAUI certification.
• Desire orientation to a variety of diving sites and conditions.
1 Classroom Session, 1 Pool Session, followed by 6 open water dives:
- Deep (over 60 ft)
- Night/Limited Visibility
Elective (pick 3):
- Search and Recovery
- Boat Diving
- Light Salvage
- Hunting and Collecting
- Exploration and Underwater Mapping
- Nitrox – $139
A course designed to provide recreational divers with an alternative breathing medium within the recreational sport diving limits. During the e-Learning portion, students will gain a basic understanding of the advantages and limitations of nitrox as well as a “user friendly” approach to learning the laws that govern the use of nitrox. Course includes e-Learning and 2 Nitrox Tanks (minimum of 30 feet). A comprehensive exam is given.
- Rescue – $299
This course trains divers in the knowledge and skills needed to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies. Included are: assists, transports, surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat- and shore-based skin and scuba divers. The course meets the prerequisite rescue training for NAUI Skin Diving Instructor, NAUI Assistant Instructor, NAUI Divemaster and NAUI Instructor certifications. Note: Adult CPR training (approximately four hours) meets the requirement for Rescue Scuba Diver certification. However additional CPR training that includes two-person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g., pocket mask, face shield, is required to meet the requirements for NAUI leadership certification.
1 Pool Session followed by 1 Lake Dive
- Master Scuba Diver – $499
The course is a continuing education certification course for divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment of diving. Emphasis is on student participation and practical application of knowledge in open water after a classroom discussion of subjects. This course is an excellent progression toward NAUI Leadership roles. Some subject areas are a review and expansion of material from previous courses. Each subject area is a progression in study not a definitive study in the particular diving activity. However, instructors will specify performance objectives for related course diving activities.
1-2 Pool Sessions depending on student performance
1-2 Classroom Sessions depending on student performance
8 Open Water Checkout Dives
◊ Emergency procedures and rescue
◊ Deep/simulated decompression diving
◊ Limited visibility or night diving
◊ Underwater navigation
◊ Search and recovery- light salvage
– Elective Dives (pick 3)
◊ Skin diving
◊ Review of basic scuba skills
◊ Boat diving
◊ Shore diving
◊ Hunting and collecting
- Intro to Tech $200
This course introduces students to the world of technical diving. The objective is to familiarize the student with technical gear configurations, to enhance open water diving skills such as buoyancy, trim and situaional awareness, and to introduce students to advanced gas planning techniques within a no-decompression context. Student Prerequisites: Minimum age of 18 years or 15 years with parental consent, Advanced Diver Certification, Proof of 25 logged open water dives. Equipment Requirements: Basic open water gear, Lift bag & reel, Slate or wet notes. Course Structure and Duration: Minimum of three dives, depth less than 75 feet, Minimum of six hours of classroom and briefing. More Info
- GEM SCR Rebreather: $500
This course is designed to train recreational divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for using the GEM semi-closed rebreather. Student Prerequisites: Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent, Minimum certification of Nitrox Diver, may be combined in program, or equivalent at the descretion of the instructor, Equipment Requirements: GEM semi-closed rebreather, Standard open circuit dive gear. Course Structure & Duration: Minimum of five dives, 240 minutes of dive time. More Info
- Advanced Nitrox Course $250
This course examines the use of EAN-21 (air) through on hundred (100) percent oxygen for optimal mixes to a depth of 130 fsw. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for utilizing EAN-21 through 100% oxygen for dives not requiring staged decompression. Student Prerequisites: Minimum age of 15 years (if combined with Decompression Procedures the minimum age is 18 years. Minimum certification of Nitrox Diver: Proof of 25 logged open water dives, Equipment Requirements: Standard open water equipment, Pony bottle optional, Nitrox cylinders and access to oxygen analyzer. Course Structure and Duration: Four dives with a minimum accumulated bottom time of 100 minutes, If Advanced Nitrox is taught in conjunction with Decompression Procedures a total of six dives are required with a maximum depth of 150 fsw. Minimum number of classroom and briefing hours is six. More Info
- Decompression Procedures $250
This course examines the theory, methods, and procedures of planned stage decompression diving. It can be a stand-alone course or taught in conjunction with Advanced Nitrox. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 150 fsw. Student Prerequisites: Minimum age of 18 years, Minimum certification of Advanced Open Water Diver, Proof of 25 logged open water dives. Equipment Requirements: Standard open water equipment, Ascent reel with lift bag or surface marker buoy, Underwater slate. Course Structure and Duration: Four dives, two of which must be deeper than 100 feet, If Advanced Nitrox is taught in conjunction with Decompression Procedures, only a total of six dives are required. Minimum number of classroom and briefing hours is six. More Info
- Extended Range Diver $700
This course provides training and experience required to competently utilize air for dives up to 180 fsw that requires staged decompression, utilizing Nitrox mixtures or oxygen during decompression. Student Prerequisites: Minimum age 18 years, Advanced Nitrox or Decompression Procedures Diver, Minimum of 100 logged dives, 25 of which must be deeper than 100 fsw Equipment Requirements: Standard open water equipment, Dual outlet valve, double manifold, or independent doubles, Decompression mix cylinders, Redundant depth and timing devices, Redundant light system, if needed, Ascent reel with lift bag or surface marker buoy (minimum 25 lb lift capacity), Two line cutting devices, Underwater slate. Course Structure and Duration: Six dives with a minimum accumulated bottom time of 100 minutes, All dives must be deeper than 100 feet with four deeper than 130 feet Minimum number of classroom and briefing hours is eight. More Info
- Trimix Diver $700
This course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression to a maximum depth of 200 fsw. Student Prerequisites: Minimum age 18 years, Advanced Nitrox/Decompression Procedures, Minimum of 100 logged dives, Equipment Requirements: Standard open water equipment. Dual outlet valve, double manifold, or independent doubles, Decompression mix cylinders, Redundant depth and timing devices, Redundant light system, if needed, Ascent reel with lift bag or surface marker buoy (minimum 50 lb lift capacity), Two line cutting devices, Underwater slate. More Info
- Closed Circuit Rebreather Diving (Sport KISS and KISS Classic): $1,000 This course if for divers wishing to learn closed circuit rebreather diving. The objective is to train divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving a CCR to a maximum depth of 130 fsw with air diluent for minimal decompression diving (no greater than five minutes at 20 fsw). Student Prerequisites: Minimum age 18 years, Advanced Nitrox diver (may be combined with this course), Minimum 60 logged dives. Equipment Requirements: Basic open water gear, CCR – purchased or rented for the course, Underwater slate, Reel and lift bag or surface marker buoy, Bailout gas supply. Course Structure and Duration: Minimum of six hours of academic development and two hours equipment maintenance, Duration of the course must be spread over five days, Minimum of 120 minutes of confined water training to maximum of 30 fsw, Minimum 360 minutes of open water training over a minimum of six dives (maximum depth 130 fsw). More Info
CPR, AED, and First Aid Courses
- Initial CPR Class $40.00
- CPR / AED Initial – 4 hours $50.00
- First Aid / CPR / AED – 6 hours $60.00
- Emergency Oxygen First Aid – 2 hours $50.00
Prices include workbook and 2 year certification card.