Dive Training at Gulf Coast Divers
For more than 40 years Gulf Coast Divers has been certifying the best-trained divers on the gulf coast and providing diver support services needed to go diving and stay safe while having fun underwater. Our goal is to help you safely enjoy the type of diving you want to do.
The Gulf Coast’s Premier Diver Training and Support Facility
We train divers year round. Our facility is built around a 125,000 gallon heated in-store training and test pool facility designed and built for diver training. The 15 feet deep pool includes a variety of training aids such as a dock and boat simulator to prepare you for “real world” situations. The pool is available for extra practice or trying out and testing equipment to determine what you like best.
Divers we have trained often tell us that they have discovered they were better trained than divers they met or know who were trained elsewhere. They are aware that our course is more involved and they appreciate the difference.
Whether you are just getting started, or have been venturing underwater for many years, we have the training and equipment you need to scratch your itch to get wet and to keep you diving for a lifetime of fun underwater adventures.
Many options to choose from…
Our program is not based on a “one size fits all” approach. We offer a variety of training packages that offer you the ability to participate in diving at whatever level of involvement and certification appeals to you. Whether you want to enjoy weightlessness only in a pool, dive at a tropical resort, or want to explore the depths of the gulf, we have a training package with the instruction and training needed for whatever type of diving you choose to do. You will not be forced to take and pay for training that is not relevant to the diving that you want to do.
But you don’t have to choose up front. You can go through our entire program by taking and paying for each class separately, one session at a time, without ever committing to anything beyond your next session.
If, along the way you decide you are ready to commit to a given level of training you can pre-pay for all of the remaining sessions to reach that level and receive a pro-rated discount on that training.
YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE
In your first 3-hour session you will be introduced to SCUBA equipment, underwater breathing and the first essential skills of diving. (No one EVER forgets his or her first breath underwater!)
During the classroom presentation we will explain the risks, debunk the myths, address the realities about SCUBA diving, and answer any questions that may arise. Then you’ll set up and put on your scuba system for your introduction to diving in our pool.
You will experience breathing underwater and learn some of the first skills and techniques needed in diving. It is an easy and excellent way to introduce yourself to SCUBA diving and become informed of myths, realities and risks of diving.
Pay As You Go Training
You can get to any level in our program while reserving and paying for just one individual session at a time. You don’t need to commit to anything beyond your current session, and payment is not due until you reserve your spot in a session.
You can determine how many sessions you may need for the diving you want to do by looking at the packages descriptions below.
$AVE With a Training Package!
You can prepay for one of our packages of training sessions and get a discount on that training. Each of the training packages represents the training needed for the type of diving targeted by that package. The packages do not differ in what is taught, but rather by far down the training path they go. Every package includes the training in all of the “lesser” packages below it, then adds what is needed for the next level or type of diving.
Note also that if you are paying as you go and along the way you determine that you’re ready to commit to a given level of training, you can pay for the remaining sessions to reach the next package level and receive a discount on those future sessions. The sooner that commitment is made the greater the amount of the discount.
Class tuition fees are not refundable, so if you are not sure that you want to commit to all of the training in a package you should just pay for each session on an individual basis.
The training packages below provide savings over paying individually for the sessions and dives included. Of course, you don’t have to commit to a package. The same training sessions can also be taken on a pay-as-you-go basis.
A limited qualification if you are seeking to experience the stress relief and relaxation of weightlessness, but only in the shallow, still, clear water of a swimming pool or similar environment. It is also an excellent way to extend your underwater experience beyond your initial introduction if you are not sure SCUBA diving in open water is the activity for you.
Shallow Water Training Package
This training package includes everything you need to be qualified to dive in shallow, clear calm water to a depth of 30 feet or less without instructor supervision. Training includes 4 in-store sessions and 2 open water qualification dives.
We think “Open Water” is a misleading and prostituted term in the world of diver certification. To many (or most) people, “open water” diving would seem to describe diving offshore sites in the gulf. However, the training required for Open Water Diver certifications is really more appropriate for someone going to a resort type area where dives are conducted by a divemaster in ideal conditions… clear water with no waves or currents. Nothing wrong with that, and if that’s the only type of diving you want to do the “Open Water Diver” certification is all you need. Our Basic package would be the best choice for that.
But if you want to enjoy the great diving we have offshore in the gulf some additional skills are needed. These include additional navigational training and skill development, a class on deep diving issues where you will gain an understanding and appreciation of issues related to diving the depths we commonly visit in the gulf, and you will be trained in the use of nitrox as a breathing gas for added safety and bottom time. This is where our “Gulf Certified Diver” Program comes in.
We have packaged this additional training in our “Gulf Certified Diver” package for the Gulf Coast Divers version of what “Open Water Diver” should mean. Of course this additional training can be later added a la carte to upgrade your skills from a lower level of training or certification.
Basic Training Package
This is the ideal package for anyone who wants to dive in resort areas, or in other environments with relatively mild conditions. It leads to the certification rating of “Open Water Diver”, which is the most common certification required for participation in diving activities. This training package includes 6 class/pool sessions, unlimited pool and equipment use, and a 2 or 3-day weekend diving trip. Everything for this trip is provided except transportation and site entry fees, if any. You may also split this trip across two separate weekends to accommodate busy schedules.
We consider this level of training a “Basic” qualification program. Completion of this Basic program will result in your certification to the level of “Open Water Diver”. You will be well qualified to dive without supervision on most dives made at diving resorts or other locations with relatively good conditions. We are frequently told that the skills, abilities, and comfort level of students completing our Basic package are well above those of divers trained through other Open Water certification programs. But don’t take our word for it. Just ask any of the thousands of divers we have trained.
Gulf Certified Diver Qualification
This training package includes everything it the packages above, but also includes additional training beyond where the basic package (Open Water certification) stops. It provides the additional training that all divers should consider before participating in unsupervised dives in the Gulf of Mexico, or any similar dynamic “open ocean” environment.
You will hone and fine-tune your navigation skills during a day of challenging open water work. Most who take this program say the navigation training was the most rewarding and valuable single day they have spent diving. It also includes class sessions addressing the issues of diving to deeper depths (as is common in the Gulf of Mexico), and includes two dives to depths of 80 to 130 feet. This deep training will introduce you to select spots that most divers never see or enjoy. You will see and experience some of diving’s more spectacular environments, while developing new skills and increased self-confidence.
The only things you are required to supply in our program are your swimsuit and towel. However, we highly recommend learning on your own equipment when possible. That allows the fit and adjustment to be fine-tuned to you, and your learning curve will include the equipment you will be diving with after class.
So even though it is best to learn using your own equipment, none is required. We will supply (at no additional charge) any required equipment that you choose not to own. This includes use of equipment for your pool sessions, open water training dives, and also for unlimited personal pool play time for practice and fun, for as long as you are enrolled in our training program.
A registration kit will be needed to continue beyond the first session. This kit includes various training materials such as your textbook or CD-ROM, your personal diving logbook, personal mouthpiece, a bottle of mask defog, and all registration fees.
START YOUR DIVING ADVENTURE TODAY!
We have everything you need to unlock the wonders of the undersea world.
Gulf Coast Divers
1284 Hutson Drive
Monday thru Saturday
9:00AM - 6:00PM