Thinking about getting scuba certified?

PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center

Everything you need to know about getting your scuba certification!

 All of our scuba certification courses are through the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) an internationally recognized organization that is leading the way people learn to scuba dive. Our course are held right here in Albany, NY and many of them are through the PADI eLearning system.

person completing PADI elearning on laptop


  The academics portion is now online, giving you the freedom to learn all about scuba diving at your own pace, from the comfort of your home. To experience a sample of the PADI eLearning program you can download the PADI Library app and go through the free introduction.

class of scuba divers in certification class pool session

Confined Water

  The confined water portion is completed over the course of five separate pool sessions that takes place once a week for five consecutive weeks. Each pool sessions will follow right along with the five sections of online academics. 

scuba divers in lake george

Open Water

 Open water dives take place in Lake George over the course of a weekend. You will complete four full scuba dives and then be officially certified! 

Last thing to know before signing up

scuba divers standing in lake


The minimum age for PADI Open Water scuba certification is 10 years old and everyone must be able to swim. We will have you complete swim and float test at the first pool session. 

Medical Clearance

Every participant in a scuba certification course is required to fill out a medical statement that screens for conditions that may affect the safety of diving. Any “yes” answer doesn’t mean you cant dive, but we will require approval from your doctor prior to the start of class. You can download the form below. 

Medical Release (pdf)