Open Water Certification
Ocean Fox Cotton Bay offers PADI Open Water Certification for divers with three (3) available options:
Option # 1: For those divers who want to do their four (4) open water certification dives in very clear, relatively warm water, surrounded by fish and coral, this option consists of open water dives one and two in water to a maximum depth of 40' and would likely be conducted on shallow reefs with a maximum depth of 20-25'. Dives three and four would be done on a reef with a maximum depth of 35-55' with an allowed maximum depth of 60'. All four (4) dives would be full dives with times ranging from 30-40 minutes, subject to air consumption rates for divers in the group. The cost of option # 1 is $450 plus the PADI Personal Identification Card fee of $25, with a minimum of 2 students.
Note: to do option # 1, a diver must have completed the five knowledge reviews, including quizzes, and passed their final exam, along with having completed all five (5) confined water dives, and provide the necessary referral form, execute a PADI liability release and have any necessary medical releases.
Option # 2: For those divers who have completed the PADI eLearning through Ocean Fox Cotton Bay, PADI shop 21224, the course would consist of completion of the Quick Review for PADI eLearning and then completing the five (5) confined water dive Performance Requirement. These confined open water dives would be conducted from shore with conditions that offer swimming pool-like conditions with respect to clarity, calmness and depth. Depending on the number of students, the confined water dives can be conducted in a half day time period. The cost of Option #2 is $265 plus the cost of Option #1 to complete PADI open water certification. Minimum of 2 students.
Option # 3: For those who want to do the entire PADI open water certification course in Eleuthera, in addition to Options #1 & #2 above, the diver would have to do the classroom work using either the PADI Open Water Diver Manual print addition OR the CD version; by reading or viewing each chapter, completing the Quick Quizzes and knowledge reviews and taking the final exam, all under the supervision of the instructor. Once the "classroom" work has been completed the student would move to the confined open water portion as outlined in Option #2. Options 2 & 3 can be performed in sequence, such as completing Knowledge reviews 1, 2 & 3 in the morning with confined open water dives 1 & 2 in the afternoon of the same day. Knowledge reviews 4 & 5 with the final exam would be completed on the second morning followed by confined open water dives 3, 4 & 5 on the second day. The cost of option #3 is $325 plus $55 for course materials plus the cost of Option #1 to complete the PADI open water certification. Minimum of 2 students.
Resort Course or PADI Discover Scuba Diving
We offer the Resort Course for non-certified divers consisting of instruction, one confined training water dive and one open water dive. This course takes about 4 hours for a cost $200, minimum of 2 participants.