SCUBA Updated Training

Every year, we certify safe divers at the Pedaler & The Packer. All our classes meet or exceed the high standards set forth by the Recreational SCUBA Training Council (RSTC) and our certifying agency... PDIC.

The quality of your diving experience depends greatly on the quality of the instruction you receive. The Pedaler & The Packer has been certifying divers for well over 10 years now, and provides a level of training that instills confidence and allows you to enjoy what diving is all about-having FUN!

At The Pedaler & The Packer, we believe no two students are alike and we will make every effort to meet your special needs. This philosophy has earned our program recognition in the diving community as being as one of safety and academics. We teach not just what not to do, by why not to do it. We are proud of our reputation for training confident divers all over planet ocean.

We have private classes forming now, we can go on Tuesday nights, so lets learn to dive!

PDIC

LIFETIME SCUBA CERTIFICATION CLASSES
THROUGH THE PEDALER AND THE PACKER

  • Lifetime certification after completing all requirements
  • Friendly and personal attention. Maximum class size is 12 students with 2 instructors. Most classes are 6-8 students.
  • Approximately 30 hours of training split between classroom and water sessions. Six separate class meetings. Plus 2 days of Checkout Dives (4 dives in total) for Certification.
  • Class times – Many evening options available (private classes available by special appointment.)  Most classes are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. One night per week.
  • Two days for the Open Water Checkout Dives generally held on weekends, Saturday and Sunday all day. Some of the checkouts are done in Ohio and some are done in Florida or the Bahamas, we will make those arrangements towards the end of your class.
  • We provide:  manuals; air for pool sessions; tanks; buoyancy compensator; regulators; weights and all necessary paperwork. Although we have a good selection of wetsuits for those who would like to use one for the pool and open water dives we do not promise to fit all divers and we encourage you to own your own wetsuit.
  • You will need to purchase or otherwise provide: mask, fins, booties and snorkel.

*Cost:

$275.00 - Class includes text books and training material, use of SCUBA equipment for the pool sessions.

$125.00 - Open Water Weekend (Includes quarry entry fees, gear rental, and air fills only, if checkout is done in Ohio. (If done in Florida or elsewhere prices vary.) Travel, Eating and sleeping is up to you! Price doesn't include food, lodging or transportation.

$180.00 (+ -) - Basic Mask, Snorkel, Fins and Booties (if needed) plus tax.

$??.?? - Pool Fees - $300.00 devided by however many students in class…

Attendance is mandatory for certification.  The course is sequential in design, requiring lessons to be completed in order.  When a student misses a class it is the student’s responsibility to arrange with the instructor to make up the missed session.

Also available:

Advanced, Specialty, Nitrox and Instructor Courses

Jon Tobin--- P.D.I.C. Instructor Trainer # 5315
(740) 592-4630
888-9GO-DIVE (888-946-3483)
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SCUBA Courses

Skin Diving/Snorkeling Certification

This course is designed for those swimmers who want to learn the proper techniques and skills necessary to properly use a mask, snorkel and fins.  The course typically consists of class and pool sessions covering physiology, equipment and technique.

Open to all ages 12 & up

Cost for this is $45.00pp

You will have to own (price varies) or provide or rent ($50.00) you own mask, fins, snorkel, and booties.

Junior SCUBA Diver

Junior Open Water is an entry level course structured for the 12 to 15 year old. This course is virtually identical to Open Water Diver.  Because this age can be very awkward, individual attention may be needed and will be provided if required.  It is strongly suggested that the individual be evaluated by both the parents and the instructor for both mental and physical maturity before enrolling in this course.

Fee for a class through the shop is $200.00/pp + pool fees and gear rental.  (Average cost is about $350.00 to $375.00 not including check out dive fees, those vary depending upon where we go).  The fees include:

Five separate meetings of classroom and pool sessions. Each meeting will be 4 to 6 hours in length.

All gear needed for class and checkout dives; manuals, air fills (for pool sessions only), tanks, buoyancy compensator, regulators, weights, wet suits, dive tables, log book and all necessary paperwork.

You will need to purchase or rent or otherwise provide, mask, fins, booties and snorkel. Price for purchase varies. Rental is $50.00 for the duration of the class. We highly recommend though that you purchase the above mentioned equipment.

Open Water Diver

Open Water Diver is an entry level course which will train an individual to SCUBA dive safely and with confidence. Topics covered are equipment, physiology, oceanography, decompression and open water techniques. At the end of the course, open water dives are made to complete the certification. The course is open to all ages from 15 and up.

Fees:

Fee for a class through the shop is $250.00/pp + pool fees and gear rental.  (Average total cost is about $350.00-$375.00, not including checkout dive fees, those vary depending on where we go).  The fees include:

  • Five separate meetings of classroom and pool sessions. Each meeting will be 4-6 Hours.
  • All gear needed for class and checkout dives’ manuals, air fills (for pool sessions only), tanks, buoyancy compensator, regulators, weights, wet suits, dive tables, log book and all necessary paperwork.
  • You will need to purchase or rent or otherwise provide, mask, fins, booties and snorkel. Price for purchase varies. Rental is $50.00 for the duration of the class. We highly recommend though that you purchase the above mentioned equipment.

Advanced Open Water Diver

The advanced open water course is designed to increase the basic diver’s knowledge of various diving techniques.  The course covers advanced physiology, night, deep, and wreck diving, in addition to many other interesting topics.  This course will help the SCUBA diver become more confident and comfortable when diving. Open to all certified scuba divers, age 15 and up.

Fee for this one is $125.00

You must have at least 25 hrs bottom time logged.  Not including time spent with an instructor. (pool sessions).

It is assumed that students wishing to pursue an advanced rating, own their own equipment. In the event that the student doesn’t have any or all of their equipment, rental gear will be available

Additional cost born by the student will be open-water dives, air fills, entrance fees, and travel expenses.

Dive Supervisor

This is the first step in professional diving. As a dive supervisor, you will learn all the skills, techniques and rewards of helping other divers perfect their skills. You will lead dives, assist instructors with pool and open water training, and other chores.  A dive supervisor has the respect of every dive boat and dive shop owner, these are the people who make the difference in diving for many recreational divers. The training for this leadership position in diving can vary with the individuals level of experience.  Prerequisites are numerous and the time frame can vary accordingly.

Fees and time commitment can range for this specialty rating so call the shop for additional info on this one.

Assistant Instructor/Instructor

Do you think you have what it takes to bring someone along from an interested party to a fully trained diver?  One of the most rewarding things in the underwater world is to teach others how to dive and make them a certified diver. We can give you the skills and knowledge to be able to give others the training and ability to safely go into the underwater world and have a great time.

Fees and time commitment can range for this specialty rating so call the shop for additional info on this one.

Dive Specialty Classes

Dive Rescue

This course will better prepare you to handle the diving-related incidents that can occur while diving. You will learn to be a better, more confident diver while becoming a more effective dive buddy. In addition, specific training is given in proper rescue techniques both under water and on the surface.  Prerequisites are a minimum age of 15, and advanced rating, and current First Aid and CPR certification.

Fee: $125.00

Takes 2-3 weekends

Must have own equipment

Best to call Jon for the details involved -740-592-4630 or 888-9GO-DIVE

Wreck Diver

At one time or another we all share that fantasy of discovering something valuable on an underwater shipwreck. If you want to learn more about diving on these underwater attractions, this is the specialty class for you!  You will find out how to plan and equip yourself for a thrilling dive.

You must have an Advanced C-Card

Fee: $150.00

Takes 2-3 weekends

Must have you own equipment

Best to call Jon for the details involved - 740-592-4630 or 888-9GO-DIVE

Deep Diver/Diving

Define Deep Diving.  Are you prepared to deal with the causes and effects of the increased depth and dangers associated with it? Taking a course in deep diving will teach you the proper techniques, equipment and configuration, with an emphasis on safety precautions.

Fee: $75.00

Must have own gear

Call Jon for more info - 740-592-4630 or 888-9GO-DIVE

Night Diver/Diving

Diving at night is probably the most exhilarating experience in SCUBA diving.  There is an abundance of marine life that are nocturnal and are never seen in daylight. Colors are much more vibrant when illuminated by a dive light at night. Learn to dive at night and come see what you’ve been missing!

Fees: $75.00

Might want to have a light or two plus your own equipment

Again, call Jon for the ins and outs. 740-592-4630 or 888-9GO-DIVE

Search & Recovery Diver/Diving

If you have ever lost something overboard you will appreciate the skills you will learn in this specialty. Even in clear water, something small is as hard to find as the proverbial "needle in a haystack". The search patterns and techniques used in finding something underwater are important to a successful recovery. This course will teach you the necessary skills to recover lost objects you will also learn how to raise objects from the depths.

Fees: $175.00

Own your own equipment

Dare I say it? Call Jon 740-592-4630 or 888-9GO-DIVE

Nitrox

What is Nitrox and why use it?

As it relates to the The Pedaler & The Packers trained recreational SCUBA  diver, Nitrox is best described as oxygen (O2) enriched air containing between 22% and 40% oxygen. Air is comprised of approximately 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen with the remaining 1% being trace amounts of several other gases. As  with all recreational SCUBA diving activities, the 130 foot/no-decompression diving rule applies.

By breathing Nitrox a typical diver will take  up less nitrogen (N2) on a given dive, therefore lowering his/her risk of decompression sickness. An additional benefit of Nitrox is the reduced effect of  nitrogen narcosis. While diving to depths below 80 feet or so, the nitrogen  partial pressure will be less than a comparable air dive, thereby reducing the effects of nitrogen at deeper depths (80-130 foot range).

After a given dive the residual nitrogen levels will be lower than a comparable air dive, which in turn will increase  available bottom time on repetitive dives, decrease your surface interval, or both. This also reduces the risk of flying after diving.

The Pedaler & The Packer Nitrox diver certification is a means to allow a previously certified SCUBA diver the ability to purchase and use  Nitrox breathing gas. And a Pedaler & The Packer trained Nitrox diver has successfully completed the necessary study materials and exam to intelligently and responsibly use Nitrox.  The Pedaler & The Packer Nitrox is always a mix of between 22% and 40% oxygen used within the  recreational depth limit for the particular mix used.

The Pedaler & The Packer adheres to the concept that Nitrox mixes up to 40% content may be used in equipment which has not been cleaned for oxygen service. The Pedaler & The Packer maintains that because a SCUBA cylinder may see pure oxygen service from time to time that the cylinder and the cylinder valve should be cleaned for oxygen service and be oxygen compatible. It should be emphasized that this position follows the Nitrox community and NOAA policies. The Pedaler & The Packer recognizes that in the SCUBA environment, certain dangers associated with using  oxygen (such as self-ignition or auto-ignition of oxygen mixtures) are limited at best.

For info on the different levels of training for NItrox, call the shop. But, for the basic class of Nitrox, it runs in the $125.00 range. And no you don’t have to dive it to know how it works. You can get through this class in around four hours.

Search & Recovery Diving

If you have ever lost something overboard you will appreciate the skills you will learn in this specialty. Even in clear water, something small is as hard to find as the proverbial "needle in a haystack". The search patterns and techniques used in finding something underwater are important to a successful recovery. This course will teach you the necessary skills to recover lost objects you will also learn how to raise objects from the depths.

Fees: $175.00

Own your own equipment

Dare I say it? Call Jon 740-592-4630 or 888-9GO-DIVE

Night Diving

Diving at night is probably the most exhilarating experience in SCUBA diving.  There is an abundance of marine life that are nocturnal and are never seen in daylight. Colors are much more vibrant when illuminated by a dive light at night. Learn to dive at night and come see what you’ve been missing!

Fees: $75.00

Might want to have a light or two plus your own equipment

Again, call Jon for the ins and outs. 740-592-4630 or 888-9GO-DIVE