Well trained divers have
fun, not problems.
The Sea Divers classroom
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.
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
Where and when
are Openwater SCUBA classes held?
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
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.
SIZE OF CLASS
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
Open water training at Morrison Springs.
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
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
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
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.
for year 2017
Free use of equipment for four
Additional dives after class
Completion (within 45 days)
Who teaches the
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
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
Assembling equipment for a boat dive.
What is the pool
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
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.
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.