We're here to create Divers.We think the most important thing you need to consider is the value you receive from the training. Price is important but we believe there are three things you need to consider as a whole when deciding the value of your Scuba lessons:
We are convinced we have the best overall program. Check us out.
World Class SSI Instruction
Scuba Schools International grew out of the passion of a few avid divers who were intent on making it possible for anyone to learn how to scuba dive.
SSI provides training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, and dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Regional Offices, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2,400 International locations and has materials printed in 25 languages.
SSI is clearly a name to trust in the diving world, and we attribute that success to the uncompromising standards and focused methodology.
SSI has competitors, but here's how we differ:
Price is important. We all understand that. But when everyone is close in price how do you decide? You might be tempted to take the cheapest or the fastest but we think you should look at the value you receive for the money. There are risks associated with Scuba Diving and we want you to be well trained.
Fast - We aren't the quickest. We take the time to make sure you know the material, know your skills and are comfortable in the water. Some people run their classes over a single weekend. We understand your time is valuable but it is more important that you have the proper knowledge, skills and experience.
Cheap - Our price is in line with everyone else. In addition our price is all inclusive. The only other cost you incur are your personal dive gear (mask, fins, snorkel and dive boots) and your food or hotel for one night if you decide to stay overnight. We provide top quality dive gear for you to use. It's not bottom of the line but the same gear we dive. It is all maintained regularly by our in-house expert technician.
Good - Exactly. You want the best training. We only use well qualified and experienced instructors. Look at our list of instructors. With us you have options and some of the most experienced instructors around.
Put that all together and you will find that our training program is the best value in the area.
The Most Experienced Instructors in NE Florida
You can have world class training material and the cheapest training around but when it comes down to it you really need great instruction delivered by experienced divers. Scubapro has a tagline that they use in their advertising "Deep Down, You Want the Best." We agree, and we think it applies to the instruction you receive. Take a look at our instructors and their qualifications. You won't find any better in this area.Keith Armstrong
Our courses are taught in four easy phases.
Home Study - After you receive the training materials at the shop you study the materials at home. The kits have both a book and a DVD. You can use either or both. At the end of every chapter (six total) will be a set of questions. Answer the questions. After you have finished all chapters transfer the answers to the answer sheets at the back. These are given to the instructor and retained as part of your student record.
Classroom - Our instructor led classroom sessions are conducted in three parts. The first part is on a Friday night. You will return Saturday morning. At the end of the session on Saturday the instructor will make sure you have all the equipment you need and show you how to assemble it. Then you break for lunch. After lunch you will head for your first pool session. The next morning you will convene in the classroom for your final academic session. After that you will have your final afternoon pool sesssion.
Pool Practice Sessions - We have our pool practice sessions at one of three pools depending on availability.
Open Water Dives - We conduct our first day of open water dives at the Blue Grotto facility in Williston. The next day we do a drift dive down Rainbow River starting at KP Hole State Park.
We usually stay at a local hotel in the local area. The hotel is not part of the class fee. We will provide you a list and usually everyone stays at the same place. It's cheaper to stay than drive back and forth.