LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE Learn To Scuba in a Day!

Your Most Experienced Scuba Training Center

Atlantic Edge Scuba has been helping people of all ages to learn to scuba dive in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. for over 30 years. Learning to scuba with Atlantic Edge is the beginning of a whole new world of underwater adventure.

We start by introducing you to scuba in your choice of pools all over the MD, D.C. and N. Virginia region. The goal is to have you obtain your Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification that requires pool training, independent, and online eLearning (included in the course fee), and four open-water dives in a local quarry.

Your will appreciate the 2:1 Student-to-Instructor ratio, which insures safe and professional teaching to get you the most out of your training.

Once PADI-certified, only Atlantic Edge Scuba can offer you a chance to dive in Baltimore, MD at the National Aquarium. This is a truly unique experience only available through Atlantic Edge.

We also arrange and lead several Adventure Trips throughout the year to exotic destinations with our master dive instructors and our extended scuba-diving family.

Learn to Scuba Today! Choose a Pool and Take the Dive!


Training available at the following locations: Rockville MD, Annapolis MD, Gaithersburg MD, Arlington VA, Frederick MD, Randallstown MD, Catonsville MD, Washington D.C., Ellicott City MD.

What does it take to get your scuba certification?

The certification process consists of independent study, knowledge review, pool skill development, and four open-water training dives.

Independent Study

You can complete the independent study requirements using the PADI eLearning program at your leisure. The estimated time to complete the independent study is 10-20 hours. The PADI eLearning program is included in our course fees.

Knowledge Review and Pool Skill Development

Your instructor will go over what you have learned through independent study, eLearning, and then give you a mini quiz. You’ll then practice scuba skills in the pool. Knowledge review and skill-development sessions take place at one of our many pool locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and we teach every weekend from approximately 10 am-5 pm depending on location. See our schedule below.

Open-water Training

You will have to complete four instructor-supervised dives over two days. From May through October, you can complete your open-water training dives at a local quarry with Atlantic Edge. During the rest of the year, you can complete your training on a vacation or on one of our many group trips.

Why Learn to Scuba with Atlantic Edge?

  • It’s a one-day course
  • All Equipment included, except mask, snorkel, and fins. We make sure you like scuba diving before you have to purchase any equipment. So y ou can rent the mask, snorkel, and fins for $15. Just show up with your bathing suit, towel, and paperwork!
  • Includes all material, E-Learning fees, etc.
  • Individualized attention: A 1-to-2 professional-to-student ratio allows us to offer a one-day class that covers the classroom and pool portions of the certification.
  • Classes are offered all year round, almost every weekend in different locations throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.
  • Want more time in the water? Once you complete your first Learn to Dive class you can sign up for as many additional water sessions for 60 days as you like- for just $50 a session -to get comfortable or to master any skill.
  • Atlantic Edge has more than 30 years of experience in training scuba divers.
  • We are the official dive store for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Atlantic Edge manages and staffs the Guest Dive Program for the National Aquarium. This means you can dive with us at the Aquarium once you’re certified!


When Can You Start?

Part One – Class and Pool

Go Dive Now

We offer classes each weekend in several locations in the Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia areas. Class times usually are from 10 am to 5 pm, depending on the location.

Check out the locations and schedule below.

How Much Does it Cost?

Learn to Scuba knowledge-development (eLearning), review, and pool instruction is $499 and includes:
  • PADI eLearning Program ( $195 value)
  • Knowledge review and pool training
  • Use of all gear wetsuit, tanks, regulators, BCDs, and weights in the pool
Part Two – Open Water Training Dives

If your plan is to complete your Open-water Training Dives locally, the dives are usually conducted at a scuba park or at a local spring. Training dives take place on a Saturday and Sunday. You will complete two dives each day for a total of four open water dives.

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The cost for four training dives is $295.

Check out detailed information on what to expect in your training dives here.

Are You Ready Now To Learn How To Scuba Dive?

Just pick a date and location from our list below and we’ll email you an eLearning code and information during our normal business hours Monday through Saturday.

Prerequisites

  • Anyone who is in reasonably good health, and comfortable and relaxed in the water, can usually learn to dive without difficulty.
  • Students need to be ten years of age or older by the start of the course. We also offer summer Scuba Camp programs for 10-15 year-olds.
  • You need to be able to answer “No” to all questions on the PADI/RSTC Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course.
  • There is a watermanship assessment. You need to be able to float, tread water, or drown proof for ten minutes and either:
    • Swim 200 yards, no time limit, and any stroke.
    • Swim 300 yards with mask, snorkel, and fins.

    Once you complete these steps you are certified for life! It is then time to join us at the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the best local dive around, or on one of our many dive trips to exotic destinations. Learning to dive opens a world of opportunities most will only dream of. Imagine exploring a coral reef, discovering shipwrecks, taking underwater photographs, and much more!

    Atlantic Edge conducts the class and pool skills in one day, but that does not mean everyone can complete it in one day, or may just wish to spend extra time in the pool to gain even more confidence and experience. We offer our students the opportunity to repeat the entire 4-hour pool session for $25 as many times as you need within 60 days of your class. That way, those that can complete the skills in one day are all set to go to the next step. Those that wish to practice some more can attend another session. Check out our testimonials. We want all of our students to be safe and confident divers.

    Learn to Dive Paperwork

    Class Review Sat 10 Dec 2022 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 10 Dec 2022 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

    Class Review Sun 18 Dec 2022 07:45 AM 02 hours 15 minutes Hood College Frederick Maryland Pool Dives Sun 18 Dec 2022 10:00 AM 05 hours 30 minutes Hood College Frederick Maryland

    Class Review Sat 28 Jan 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 28 Jan 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

    Class Review Sat 11 Feb 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 11 Feb 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

    Class Review Sat 25 Feb 2023 09:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Frostburg State University Pool Dives Sat 25 Feb 2023 11:00 AM 06 hours 00 minutes Frostburg State University

    Class Review Sat 11 Mar 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 11 Mar 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

    Class Review Sat 08 Apr 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 08 Apr 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

    Class Review Sat 13 May 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 13 May 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

    Class Review Sat 10 Jun 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 10 Jun 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

    Class Review Sat 08 Jul 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 08 Jul 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

    The 6 Best Places to Learn to Scuba Dive in 2019

    Ready to dive in and become a PADI® Open Water Diver? Here are the top six places to learn to scuba dive in 2019.

    For Divers of All Levels – Egypt

    Egypt offers exceptional diving for both beginners and more experienced divers. So if your travel buddy has “been there, dived that,” s/he will have plenty to enjoy while you complete your training. If you’re concerned about seasickness, head to Dahab where you can dive right from shore and avoid getting on a boat.

    Check Off Multiple Bucket List ExperiencesHawaii

    Ready to say aloha to a friendly turtle? Want to see a manta ray ballet? Ever heard a humpback whale song? In Hawai’i, you can experience all this and more. The Hawaiian Islands are the most geographically isolated group of islands on the planet, and some of the planet’s most rare and wonderful creatures are waiting to meet you there.

    Dive Here and You’ll Be Spoiled Forever – The Philippines

    Not long ago, The Philippines was one of the best kept secrets in diving. With colorful reefs, schools of fish and bucket-list pelagics, the only negative is not having enough time to see it all.

    Learning to scuba dive in The Philippines can be relatively inexpensive, but you’ll want to read up on Philippines diving to find the right destination for you (some can take awhile to get to). A few locations to consider include:

    – Boracay, which recently reopened after six months after improving local infrastructure to protect their underwater environment.

    – There’s a good chance you’ll find Nemo in Cebu. Once certified, you can make a special trip to see Thresher Sharks off Malapascua Island.

    – Puerto Galera is an established resort destination which offers great diving, beautiful beaches and a variety of post-dive dining options.

    The World-Famous Great Barrier Reef

    Once you become a diver, it won’t be long until someone asks, “have you been to the Great Barrier Reef?” The world’s best-known diving area, is also an excellent place to get your PADI Open Water certification.

    The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish, and the endangered dugong (sea cow). Like all coral reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is vulnerable to global warming, so if you’ve always dreamed of diving here, what are you waiting for?

    Experience Endless Adventure – Mexico

    No matter what kind of adventure you seek, you’ll find it in Mexico. The Caribbean side offers colorful reefs, warm water and an underwater sculpture museum. On the Pacific side you’ll meet friendly seals and may encounter pelagics such as whale sharks and manta rays. Once certified, graduate to adrenaline-fueled cage dives with great whites off Isla Guadalupe, cenote (cavern) dives in Riviera Maya, or cruise the reefs of Cozumel.

    For Divers on a Budget – Thailand

    Thailand is known around the world as the spot for learning to scuba dive on a budget, especially Koh Tao. Beautiful dive sites and a high-density of dive operators mean great diving and low prices for your first scuba certification. After class, enjoy non-stop nightlife and meet travelers from around the world. If you’re interested in a more laid-back vibe, or smaller class sizes, consider one of Thailand’s less well-known diving areas such as Koh Chang.

    Make the Most of Your Time in Paradise

    To get the most out of your vacation time, complete the first part of your PADI Open Water training online before you go. Who wants to spend time in a classroom when there’s a whole ocean to explore?

    Save even more time by working with a PADI Dive Center before you travel. Dial in your scuba skills in a local pool so you’ll feel less stressed when you make your first dive in the ocean. The local dive shop may also be able to recommend a dive shop in the area where you plan to travel.

    If you don’t have a dive shop near you, contact the experts at PADI Travel™ at +1 786 220 3482, or chat via travel.padi.com.

    LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE Learn To Scuba in a Day!

    Your Most Experienced Scuba Training Center

    Atlantic Edge Scuba has been helping people of all ages to learn to scuba dive in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. for over 30 years. Learning to scuba with Atlantic Edge is the beginning of a whole new world of underwater adventure.

    We start by introducing you to scuba in your choice of pools all over the MD, D.C. and N. Virginia region. The goal is to have you obtain your Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification that requires pool training, independent, and online eLearning (included in the course fee), and four open-water dives in a local quarry.

    Your will appreciate the 2:1 Student-to-Instructor ratio, which insures safe and professional teaching to get you the most out of your training.

    Once PADI-certified, only Atlantic Edge Scuba can offer you a chance to dive in Baltimore, MD at the National Aquarium. This is a truly unique experience only available through Atlantic Edge.

    We also arrange and lead several Adventure Trips throughout the year to exotic destinations with our master dive instructors and our extended scuba-diving family.

    Learn to Scuba Today! Choose a Pool and Take the Dive!


    Training available at the following locations: Rockville MD, Annapolis MD, Gaithersburg MD, Arlington VA, Frederick MD, Randallstown MD, Catonsville MD, Washington D.C., Ellicott City MD.

    What does it take to get your scuba certification?

    The certification process consists of independent study, knowledge review, pool skill development, and four open-water training dives.

    Independent Study

    You can complete the independent study requirements using the PADI eLearning program at your leisure. The estimated time to complete the independent study is 10-20 hours. The PADI eLearning program is included in our course fees.

    Knowledge Review and Pool Skill Development

    Your instructor will go over what you have learned through independent study, eLearning, and then give you a mini quiz. You’ll then practice scuba skills in the pool. Knowledge review and skill-development sessions take place at one of our many pool locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and we teach every weekend from approximately 10 am-5 pm depending on location. See our schedule below.

    Open-water Training

    You will have to complete four instructor-supervised dives over two days. From May through October, you can complete your open-water training dives at a local quarry with Atlantic Edge. During the rest of the year, you can complete your training on a vacation or on one of our many group trips.

    Why Learn to Scuba with Atlantic Edge?

    • It’s a one-day course
    • All Equipment included, except mask, snorkel, and fins. We make sure you like scuba diving before you have to purchase any equipment. So y ou can rent the mask, snorkel, and fins for $15. Just show up with your bathing suit, towel, and paperwork!
    • Includes all material, E-Learning fees, etc.
    • Individualized attention: A 1-to-2 professional-to-student ratio allows us to offer a one-day class that covers the classroom and pool portions of the certification.
    • Classes are offered all year round, almost every weekend in different locations throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.
    • Want more time in the water? Once you complete your first Learn to Dive class you can sign up for as many additional water sessions for 60 days as you like- for just $50 a session -to get comfortable or to master any skill.
    • Atlantic Edge has more than 30 years of experience in training scuba divers.
    • We are the official dive store for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Atlantic Edge manages and staffs the Guest Dive Program for the National Aquarium. This means you can dive with us at the Aquarium once you’re certified!


    When Can You Start?

    Part One – Class and Pool

    Go Dive Now

    We offer classes each weekend in several locations in the Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia areas. Class times usually are from 10 am to 5 pm, depending on the location.

    Check out the locations and schedule below.

    How Much Does it Cost?

    Learn to Scuba knowledge-development (eLearning), review, and pool instruction is $499 and includes:
    • PADI eLearning Program ( $195 value)
    • Knowledge review and pool training
    • Use of all gear wetsuit, tanks, regulators, BCDs, and weights in the pool
    Part Two – Open Water Training Dives

    If your plan is to complete your Open-water Training Dives locally, the dives are usually conducted at a scuba park or at a local spring. Training dives take place on a Saturday and Sunday. You will complete two dives each day for a total of four open water dives.

    The cost for four training dives is $295.

    Check out detailed information on what to expect in your training dives here.

    Are You Ready Now To Learn How To Scuba Dive?

    Just pick a date and location from our list below and we’ll email you an eLearning code and information during our normal business hours Monday through Saturday.

    Prerequisites

    • Anyone who is in reasonably good health, and comfortable and relaxed in the water, can usually learn to dive without difficulty.
    • Students need to be ten years of age or older by the start of the course. We also offer summer Scuba Camp programs for 10-15 year-olds.
    • You need to be able to answer “No” to all questions on the PADI/RSTC Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course.
    • There is a watermanship assessment. You need to be able to float, tread water, or drown proof for ten minutes and either:
      • Swim 200 yards, no time limit, and any stroke.
      • Swim 300 yards with mask, snorkel, and fins.

      Once you complete these steps you are certified for life! It is then time to join us at the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the best local dive around, or on one of our many dive trips to exotic destinations. Learning to dive opens a world of opportunities most will only dream of. Imagine exploring a coral reef, discovering shipwrecks, taking underwater photographs, and much more!

      Atlantic Edge conducts the class and pool skills in one day, but that does not mean everyone can complete it in one day, or may just wish to spend extra time in the pool to gain even more confidence and experience. We offer our students the opportunity to repeat the entire 4-hour pool session for $25 as many times as you need within 60 days of your class. That way, those that can complete the skills in one day are all set to go to the next step. Those that wish to practice some more can attend another session. Check out our testimonials. We want all of our students to be safe and confident divers.

      Learn to Dive Paperwork

      Class Review Sat 10 Dec 2022 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 10 Dec 2022 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

      Class Review Sun 18 Dec 2022 07:45 AM 02 hours 15 minutes Hood College Frederick Maryland Pool Dives Sun 18 Dec 2022 10:00 AM 05 hours 30 minutes Hood College Frederick Maryland

      Class Review Sat 28 Jan 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 28 Jan 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

      Class Review Sat 11 Feb 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 11 Feb 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

      Class Review Sat 25 Feb 2023 09:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Frostburg State University Pool Dives Sat 25 Feb 2023 11:00 AM 06 hours 00 minutes Frostburg State University

      Class Review Sat 11 Mar 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 11 Mar 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

      Class Review Sat 08 Apr 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 08 Apr 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

      Class Review Sat 13 May 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 13 May 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

      Class Review Sat 10 Jun 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 10 Jun 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

      Class Review Sat 08 Jul 2023 08:00 AM 02 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool Pool Dives Sat 08 Jul 2023 10:30 AM 05 hours 00 minutes Randallstown Ymca Pool

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      Source https://blog.padi.com/the-6-best-places-to-learn-to-scuba-dive-in-2019/

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