Prepare for your class!
Come to the store 7 – 14 days before class begins. There is a medical and liability waiver each diver must sign in person. A doctor’s visit may be required if any “yes” answers are submitted. You may need time to see a physician before your program begins. You will also need to size instructional gear at the store. This includes a wetsuit, hood, and BCD. You may also wish to purchase personal gear. We can order any out of stock sizes or colors if time permits. Come to the store a week to two weeks before your program begins. There is a lot to be done before a PADI scuba class begins and it cannot be done remotely.
An e-mail welcome message should arrive shortly after checkout with important instructions. If you do not receive a welcome message from your instructor or no one has called you and it is 5 days or less before class – call the store immediately. Confirm your contact information is correct in our system and check your spam folder as well as phone messages.
There is homework! You will want to get started on it at least 7-14 days in advance of your class start date. eLearners receive Access passes by e-mail that allows them to get started on the program as soon as possible. If you do not have your Access pass check your spam folders if not there then call the store.
Divers will not be able to receive referral paperwork without first having completed the eLearning program. A quick review is done at the store and your instructor will sign off your eLearning.
You will need some Personal gear for this program. Mask and fins are considered life support are needed to take lessons anywhere and cannot be rented. A mask, snorkel boots, fins and gloves (gloves optional for referrals) are all that is required. The rest is included free of charge! Get some good personal gear from the Scuba Fusion store because you will be able to exchange it during pool sessions. This process of trial and error will better your odds of passing your ocean checkout dives. Instructor’s Advice: “Cutting corners by purchasing from “Cost Mart” will only set you back with a re-buy. Plastic lens masks and flimsy child sized snorkeling fins will not do for an Open Water Course. Saving $20 on a cheap pair of fins is not worth it when they fall off 60 feet below the ocean’s surface. Plan your class at least one week in advance. This will allow you ample time to size your snorkeling gear. Please do not wait until the last minute.”
Scuba Fusion now offers a no questions asked exchange policy on snorkeling gear. If you are not comfortable with it in the pool – exchange it for another or take store credit. (Policy good for Scuba Fusion students only during the class/pool portion of the Open Water Course)