Learn to Dive


Entry Level Certification – PADI Open Water Diver Course

Learn the proper skills, equipment use, and safety procedures needed to safely enjoy scuba diving. Take the course once and enjoy diving for the rest of your life!

The course consists of:

  • Knowledge Development
    • The knowledge modules may be done in our classroom, or online with PADI elearning, if you'd like the flexibility of completing the class work from home.
  • Water skills development
    • We use the pool at St. Joseph’s University, the Kaiserman JCC or the Phoenixville YMCA. If you choose private lessons, we can also come to your pool.
  • 4 Open Water Dives
    • You may complete the 4 dives with us at Dutch Springs in Bethelehem, PA (from May to October). Open water dives generally begin at 8am on Saturday. Please allow yourself time to stand in line before entering. We recommend arriving around 7:30am.
    • Or, do your dives on any of our scheduled group trips, or on your own vacation.

You can complete the knowledge and water skills development in just 1 weekend!

Aqua Hut Student Shoots Afternoon at Dutch Springs:

Check our Calendar for dates and times.

Please review the medical statement form (PDF).

Private lessons are also available. Call or email the shop for details.


  • Group Knowledge & Water Skills: $225
  • Private Knowledge & Water Skills:
    • 1 student: $425
    • 2-3 students: $375/person
    • 4 or more: $325/person
  • Materials: $75-100
  • Open Water Dives: $239.00—Includes 4 dives, instruction, equipment, and lunch at Dutch Springs.
  • There is a $35/day entrance fee to Dutch Springs


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Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be homework?
Yes, but only a little. Before our class sessions we ask that you view the DVD & read the manual. Complete the knowledge review at the end of each chapter & bring it to class.

Do I have to be a strong swimmer?

You should be at ease in the water and in general good health. There will be an evaluation of swimming skills at the first pool session.

What about medical issues?
You must complete a medical statement and, if necessary, obtain a physician’s approval before participation in the course.
The form can be found here as a PDF.

Are there age restrictions?
Children as young as 10 may participate after consultation with our instructional staff

What materials do I need?
Each student needs:

  • PADI Manual
  • Log book
  • Dive planner
  • DVD (may be shared).

What equipment will I need?
Each student needs:

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel

Students receive 10% discount at Aqua Hut. (Total cost $125-$300)





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