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Dive Training Frequently asked Questions

Is there a refresher course for certified divers?
Yes, the refresher course lasts one evening (or more if required) and is free to any member of the Aquarians Dive Club. (If not a member, you may join for a yearly fee of $20) Sea Divers will also furnish air and equipment for free, if needed. See the Contract page for details.

What about advanced and specialty courses?
Continuing education classes are taught throughout the year. When enough divers are interested, a class will be scheduled. Usual classes are: Advance Diver, Nitrox, Advanced Nitrox, Rescue, Photography, CPR, DAN Oxygen Provider.

Where and when are Openwater SCUBA classes held?
Initial water training is held at the Fort Rucker indoor pool. It is a 25 meter heated pool at the physical fitness center on Andrews Avenue (visit SEA Divers for a map). Academic training is held at the Sea Divers classroom adjacent to the store in Ozark (see Map of Ozark). The time for the classes is 6:30 to 10:00 in the evening. Academic training is on Monday evening and pool training is on Wednesday evening. At the end of the sixth week, open water training will consist of 3 dives done at springs in Florida on Saturday and 2 dives done from a boat in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. If necessary, due to weather or other factors, the training may be extended.  Please verify training schedule during registration.

Training at the Fort Rucker indoor pool.

When does an Openwater class start?  Open Water Courses are taught approximately every six weeks.  Please contact SEA Divers for the class schedule.


Call Sea Divers (334) 774-3483 (774-DIVE)  for further information and to get on the list. Otherwise, show up at the Physical Fitness Center with swim suit and towel at 6:30 PM the first day of class. This session will consist of registration, swim evaluation and other training.

The size of a class may be limited, depending on the
availability of staff and/or  resources.
A $50 deposit will ensure a place in the class. The deposit will be refunded to those who try but are unable to demonstrate the minimum acceptable swimming related skills. The deposit will not be refunded to those who do not show up for the swim evaluation session (first day).

Open water training at Morrison Springs.

Fort Rucker security:
When entering Fort Rucker, be prepared to show driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. You may not bring firearms on post, either on your person or in the vehicle - even if you have an Alabama Concealed Weapons Permit.  Civilans will need to obtain a gate permit from Ft. Rucker in order to deviate from main road after dark.

Who is authorized to take the SCUBA training?
Just about anyone who can swim. The Fort Rucker community dive club, The Aquarians, sponsors the training for its new members, who may be military or civilians. Club membership is included in the fee for the class.

What is the minimum age to take the class?
Age 15 for the regular Open Water certification. For those younger than 15, Junior Diver certification is available on a case by case basis.

How much will the class cost me?
Sea Divers is contracted by the Aquarians Dive Club for Openwater SCUBA training. To learn the current cost of the course check the Contract page to read about the portion of the contract that refers to fees.

Do I need to buy any equipment?
The only equipment you need to have is personal mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves. If you don't already have these items, we recommend that you wait until after the first academic class, which discusses those items and how to select the models and sizes that are best suited to you as an individual. Later in the course you will need a log book. No need to buy or rent additional equipment for the open water dives. For those who wish to own their own equipment, Sea Divers provides discounts on equipment sold to class members.

Continued for year 2017
Free use of equipment for four
Additional dives after class
Completion (within 45 days)

Who teaches the course?
Instructor Staff: George Perez, Chief Instructor (NAUI, PADI, YMCA, NACD, IANTD), Robert Boutwell, Instructor (NAUI), Bil Lindstrom, Instructor (NAUI),
Drew Wyatt, Instructor (NAUI), Rollie Edwards, Divemaster (NAUI),
The Chief instructor, George Perez, has 48 years experience teaching diving and related courses. The other persons helping with the class all have several years experience working with dive students.

What if I don't pass or don't complete the course?
No one will be certified who does not meet NAUI standards or is not qualified to safely make SCUBA dives. If you do not meet the skill or academic level required, you may participate in a later class for no additional fee. Usually this will require only one or two evenings to make up for the deficiency. Those who fail the academic test may, after additional study, retake the written test (different version), This process may be repeated as necessary to achieve a satisfactory score. The Self study material provided and the online material are very useful for home study. We realize that many military people, and others, have obligations that sometimes require unplanned absence.

How long is the certification good for?
Good for life. The certification will be with NAUI. For those who prefer, PADI Open Water certification is available


Assembling equipment for a boat dive.

What is the pool training like?
The first evening is for sign-up and swim evaluation. You must be able to swim 225 meters without stopping (any stroke, no time limit) and swim a reasonable distance under water. There will be a short swim clinic, a demonstration of drown proofing and a short practice of drown proofing.

Pool session 2 and 3 will be for learning skin diving skills (using mask, snorkel and fins).

Pool session 4 will be the evaluation of skin diving skills and introduction to SCUBA.

Pool session 5 and 6 will be more skills and practice while using SCUBA. You will learn safe diving habits and procedures to recover from emergency situations.

Academic training
Classroom sessions will cover the physiology and other science pertaining to diving. You will learn the function of equipment used in SCUBA diving and how to maintain it. You will learn underwater navigation and how to plan for a safe dive. The classroom is a comfortable room adjacent to the Sea Divers store. An abundance of training aids are available to help explain the subject matter.