Scuba Lessons

The Open Water course is your entry level Scuba certification.

Columbus Scuba offers the Open Water certification (lifetime certification)at Premier at Sawmill for $300, a $75 savings. It includes all three segments, rental gear (both Confined and Open Water), required textbooks, look book, dive tables, and certification fees.

The Open Water course is broken down to three segments:
  • Academics: (online, home study or in a classroom) You will learn the basics of diving techniques, how diving affects your body, diving safety, equipment selection and maintenance, dive planning, and preview the skills you'll learn in the water.
  • Confined Water: (pool sessions) In a pool you'll learn all the basic skills you'll need to confidently and safely enjoy scuba diving.
  • Open Water Dives: (open body of water, such as a quarry or ocean). Here you'll practice all the skills you've already mastered in confined water out in open water.
Should you be planning a vacation and choose to do your Open Water dives elsewhere, the total cost of the course would be $300.00. Your instructor will provide a signed referral form at no extra charge.

Time Commitment

The Open Water course runs four consecutive weeks, meeting once a week (allowing you to complete homework assignments and readings). A schedule of Open Water courses are listed on our homepage. Columbus Scuba offers classes at a variety of locations. If you can not find a course that fits your schedule, we also provide private instruction at no additional charge.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are scheduled at your convenience. Columbus Scuba’s staff has flexible schedules to fit your schedule. The Academic portion is done at home using the PADI eLearning system. You can access the eLearning system by visiting our website and clicking on the PADI eLearning link in the upper left hand. You will be redirected to PADI and will need to purchase the Open Water Course. The cost is $130 paid directly through the link. Columbus Scuba will deduct the $130 from the $300 course fee. You will need to use our website to access the PADI eLearning to affiliate your training with Columbus Scuba’s staff to receive the $130 credit for your course.


Columbus Scuba requires you to provide mask, fins, and snorkel, as these are personal fitting pieces of equipment required by all Dive schools. Columbus Scuba offer an additional discount on all equipment purchased by our students. Please stop by the store to be educated on these pieces of equipment even if you chose not to buy from us. Once certified, students receive a lifetime discount on equipment and gear rental. Gear rental is $35 a day (regularly $55 a day at our store and typically $80 a day elsewhere).

Please contact us either by phone (614) 500-PADI or by email with any additional questions or concerns.

We look forward to teaching you how to dive!!!