Course Description:

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.

Brass Anchor Scuba Center offers this course every month, January through November.  There is an optional E-Learning option with PADI.  Please continue reading below for complete details.


Must be at least 10 years of age to take this course.


  1. The following is due 24 hours in advance of the first class:
    • Completed student registration and agreement forms.
    • Medical form signed by a doctor (if needed).
    • Fitting for gear at Brass Anchor Scuba Center.
  2. Read chapters 1 and 2 of course book prior to the first day of class.
  3. Must pass a swim test on the first day of class.


  • Four Day Course:
    • Academic (classroom or E-Learning)
    • Pool Training
  • Open Water Training and Check-Out Dives


The cost of this course is based on two factors:

  1. Full BASC Certification vs. Referral
    • Full BASC Certification:  With this option, you will be fully trained and certified by Brass Anchor Scuba Center.
    • Referral:  With this option, you have chosen to do all training with Brass Anchor Scuba Center, except for the Open Water Check-Out Dives.  You have chosen to do the Check-Out Dives at another PADI certified scuba center.
  2. Classroom Training vs. E-Learning
    • Classroom:  With this option, you will be present for classroom training at Brass Anchor Scuba Center
    • E-Learning:  With this option, you take the academic portion of this course with PADI’s E-Learning program.  This program is sold separately from PADI.

Pricing is as follows:

  1. Complete Certification – Classroom: $700.00
  2. Complete Certification – E-Learning: $657.00
    + PADI’s E-Learning Cost*
  3. Referral – Classroom: $625
  4. Referral – E-Learning: $525
    + PADI’s E-Learning Cost*

*PADI’s E-Learning Course is purchased separately.  At present (April, 2019) the cost of PADI’s E-Learning Open Water Course is $195.00.
Please view the E-Learning Course at PADI’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact us before you make your purchase.

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Interested in taking Open Water Diver Course, but have questions?  Use the form below to contact us!

Training Locations

Classroom Training

Brass Anchor Scuba Center
519 E Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Pool Training

Huntsinger Aquatic Center
561 Hodson Drive
Frederick, MD 21701

Open Water Check-Out Dives

Willow Springs
199 Millardsville Rd
RichlandPA 17087
Lake Allure
140 North Church St
QuarryvillePA 17566