I want to be a diver

The BELLEVUE DIVERS Beginner program

  • PADI Open Water Course
  • PADI Drysuit Diver
  • PADI Equipment Specialist

Who should take this course?

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 BELLEVUE DIVERS starting 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.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The BELLEVUE DIVERS Beginner program is conducted in a Drysuit and students are welcome, but NOT required, to purchase ANY equipment.

What will you learn?

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development, via independent study on your tablet to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.

How can you start learning now?

You can start learning immediately with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app), enroll and get started now!

Stop by Bellevue Divers, your local PADI 5 Star Diving Center, to enroll in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.

What scuba gear will you use?

During BELLEVUE DIVERS PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use cold water scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, tank and a warm drysuit. The equipment you wear will be appropriate for our local cold water environment.

Check with our Staff about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Instructor.

Next Step

Breathing underwater for the first time is something you’ll never forget, so don’t wait.

Drysuit & Equipment Specialist Option

BELLEVUE DIVERS Beginner program also include a PADI Drysuit Diver & PADI Equipment Specialist Certification option. You can add these additional certifications to augment your preparedness and experience, with hands-on practice and one extra dive.

Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A drysuit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often. With the PADI Drysuit certification you will be able to rent drysuits and continue diving warm until you are ready for your own.

The first thing you’ll discover is which dry suit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you and the diving you’ll do. Then you’ll learn how to take care of your dry suit.

You may be able to get college credit for the Dry Suit Diver course – ask your instructor.
Also, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

The PADI Equipment Specialist helps you being prepared and not missing a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it’s a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions.

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