Learning to dive with The Great American Diving Company is a unique and exciting experience.

Through our professional staff and a combination of knowledge development (in class or online), skill development in our custom built pool (the only one like it in St. Louis) and open water dives (with us or on your vacation) you will become a safe diver.

Why choose to learn to dive with us?

As the St. Louis area’s oldest PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, we are able to offer you a unique and exceptional experience.

We have trained over 17,900 divers and our experience shows.

We are the ONLY dive shop in the area with our own pool and training center. Because of that, your class is easy and convenient. All class and pool sessions are held at our AquaCenter, eliminating the hassle of traveling between locations and transporting gear. Everything is in one convenient location – classrooms, pool and gear. The AquaCenter provides a distraction free, family friendly environment unlike other pools with noisy and disruptive aquatic activities and residents.

Pre Requisites

10 years old
Comfortable swim ability

HOW DO I GET CERTIFIED?

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STEP ONE: Schedule class & pool pre-certification

$199

We offer classes year round on both weekends and weeknights. Selecting an e-learning class allows you to complete all academic material online including all reviews and quizzes. If you select an in person class you will do your reviews and take your quizzes with one of our instructors. E-learning classes reduce the time needed to complete this portion of the full course while the in person classes offer you more time to ask questions and interact with the instructor. Both versions include all instruction and scuba equipment rental (excluding mask, snorkel, fins & boots).

Private classes are also available, please call us for additional information

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Step Two: Purchase your study materials

$278 / $150 (e-learning / in-class)

Each student is required to have a personal set of materials for the class. E-learning students receive a digital code for the study materials that are accessible from desktop computers and mobile devices. In class students receive a textbook and video (digital streaming or DVD). All students receive a package that includes a logbook, dive computer simulator digital code, marker buoy and a $100 rebate on their personal equipment.

Step Three: Purchase your personal equipment

$183 – $501 (after rebate)

Fit and comfort of your gear is one of the most important safety aspects of diving. To ensure that, our students are required to have their own scuba quality mask, snorkel, fins and boots. Students receive a $100 rebate when they purchase from our retail store and allow us to personally fit them. During class if any item doesn’t meet your expectation we will happily exchange it for another.

Step Four: Complete your open water dives

$140

To complete your certification you will do 4 open water dives with an instructor. This can be done with one of our instructors at our affiliate dive site near Metropolis, IL or with another operation. The latter option is called a “referral.” When choosing the “referral” option, consult the destination operation for scheduling and fees. Our open weekends include admission to the dive site, rental scuba gear (excluding mask, snorkel, fins and boots), certification fees and air fills (travel, meals and overnight accommodations not included).

Upgrades to your Open Water certification dives

Drysuit Diver: Stay warm and dry when you complete your Open Water dives in a drysuit. Each student completes an additional class and pool session, one additional open water dive and will be able to use their rental drysuit on their open water dives. This option is $185 / person and includes all instruction, materials certification and the rental drysuit.

Peak Performance Buoyancy: Float effortlessly, drifting over reefs or exploring the underwater treasures at Mermet Springs. Build on the buoyancy skills you have developed in the Open Water class by completing two additional dives for Peak Performance Buoyancy class after your Open Water dives. This option is $75 / person and includes all instruction, materials and certification.

Time is a precious thing these days and we never have enough. Rest assured that we DO NOT cancel classes. If you sign up for one of our courses it will happen – no need to worry about it being canceled. In return we ask that you confirm that your class dates work for you before you sign up. Cancellations on your part are honored only in the case of documented medical emergencies.

UNDERWATER PUMPKIN CARVING???

One weekend each October you can also add on your PADI Underwater Pumpkin Carver class to your weekend of open water certification dives. You will do two additional dives over the course of the weekend and gain additional practice working with your buddy underwater and controlling your buoyancy. Check with our store for more information.

2020 Schedule

Book & DVD - Weeknight Classes
TGADC AquaCenter
6:30pm - 11:00pm
June 2, 4, 9 & 11Tue & Thu Evening
June 22, 24, 29 & July 1Mon & Wed Evening
July 14, 16, 21 & 23Tue & Thu Evening
August 3, 5, 10 & 12Mon & Wed Evening
Aygyst 25, 27, Sept 1 & 3Tue & Thu Evening
September 14, 16, 21 & 23Mon & Wed Evening
October 6, 8, 13 & 15Tue & Thu Evening
October 26, 28, Nov 2 & 4Mon & Wed Evening
December 1, 3, 8 & 10Tue & Thu Evening

eLearning
Weeknight Classes
TGADC AquaCenter
6:30pm - 11:00pm
May 18 & 20Mon & Wed Evening
June 9 & 11Tue & Thu Evening
June 29 & July 1Mon & Wed Evening
July 21 & 23Tue & Thu Evening
August 10 & 12Mon & Wed Evening
September 1 & 3Tue & Thu Evening
September 21 & 23Mon & Wed Evening
October 13 & 15Tue & Thu Evening
November 2 & 4Mon & Wed Evening
December 8 & 10Tue & Thu Evening

Book & DVD - Weekend Classes
TGADC AquaCenter
9:00am - 6:00pm
May 15 & 17
May 23 & 24
June 6 & 7
June 13 & 14
July 11 & 12
July 18 & 19
August 1 & 2
August 8 & 9
August 15 & 16
August 22 & 23
September 5 & 6
September 12 & 13
September 19 & 20
October 3 & 4
October 10 & 11
October 17 & 18
October 24 & 25
November 7 & 8
November 21 & 2
December 12 & 13

eLearning
TGADC AquaCenter
Times
June 6 & 712:30 pm - 6:00 pm
June 13 & 1412:30 pm - 6:00 pm
June 278:00 am - 6:00 pm
July 11 & 1212:30 pm - 6:00 pm
July 18 & 1912:30 pm - 6:00 pm
July 268:00 am - 6:00 pm
August 1 & 212:30 pm - 6:00 pm
August 8 & 912:30 pm - 6:00 pm
August 15 & 1612:30 pm - 6:00 pm
August 22 & 2312:30 pm - 6:00 pm
August 308:00 am - 6:00 pm
September 5 & 612:30 pm - 6:00 pm
September 12 & 1312:30 pm - 6:00 pm
September 19 & 2012:30 pm - 6:00 pm
September 268:00 am - 6:00 pm
October 3 & 412:30 pm - 6:00 pm
October 10 & 1112:30 pm - 6:00 pm
October 17 & 1812:30 pm - 6:00 pm
October 24 & 2512:30 pm - 6:00 pm
November 18:00 am - 6:00 pm
November 7 & 812:30 pm - 6:00 pm
November 21 & 2212:30 pm - 6:00 pm
November 298:00 am - 6:00 pm
December 12 & 1312:30 pm - 6:00 pm
January 2 & 39:00 am - 2:00 pm

Certification Dives
Mermet Springs, IL
8:30am - 5:00pm
May 16 & 17
May 23 & 24
May 30 & 31
June 6 & 7
June 27 & 28
July 11 & 12
July 18 & 19
July 25 & 26
August 1 & 2
August 8 & 9
August 15 & 16
August 22 & 23
August 29 & 30
September 5 & 6
September 12 & 13
September 19 & 20
September 26 & 27
October 3 & 4
October 10 & 11
October 17 & 18
October 24 & 25
Underwater Pumpkin Carving
November 7 & 8