Downey Duck







Open Water Certification Classes

Welcome to one of the world's most exciting sports, your ticket to a lifetime of adventure! Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can scuba dive. Throughout the course, you'll learn the fundamentals of diving, including dive equipment and techniques.  Upon completion of this classs and 4 open water dives you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver.


  • 6 Classroom / pool sessions  to learn and practice skills.
  • 4 scuba dives in open water.
  • Earn PADI certification, your "divers license"


Register at any of the several locations listed below and contact us with your height, weight and shoe size so we can bring equipment that fits.
  • Each class will begin with a one hour seminar followed by 2 hours in the pool with full SCUBA. Each instructor will have a maximum of 4 students.
  • Obtain the study materials at the first class, then complete one chapter for each of the remaining sessions.
  • Pass the quizzes and successfully perform the dive skills in the pool.
  • Make 4 open water dives under the supervision of an instructor. (Open water dives can be done locally or during a tropical trip with Downey Diving, or you can get a referral to finish with an instructor anywhere in the world.)
  • Prerequisites

    • Age: Minimum is 12 years. 
    • Youth 17 and under must have parent signature on medical & waiver
    • Swimming Requirements for certification
      1. Swim 200 yards (using any stroke).
      2. Tread water 10 minutes
    • Medical:  Must fill out medical form. A "yes" to any question requires a doctor's signature before entering the pool.
    • Note: Adobe Acrobat is required to view the forms. Click here if you need it.

    Spring and Summer 2017  Click location for details, Private classes can begin anytime.

    Begins Location Schedule Registration
    March 26 Sewickley YMCA Sundays, 2:30-5:30 PM 412 741-9622
    March 29 Butler County Com College Wed, 6:30-9:30 PM 724 284-8504
    March 30 Sewickley YMCA Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM 412 741-9622
    March 24 Schneider Y, Cranberry Fridays, 6:15-9:15 724 452-9122
    July 10 Cranberry Water Park Mon & Wed 5:30-8:30 PM 724 776-4806 x1129
    June or July Sewickley YMCA Thu & Tue 6:30-9:30 PM 412 741-9622
    On Demand Oxford Club, Wexford Semi-Private and Flexible 724 869-1989