Prepare for your class!
Once you book your class your instructor will welcome you personally using the e-mail you provide during checkout. Come to the store 7 – 14 days before class begins to pickup your student materials, homework, size instructional gear, ask about personal gear and to submit your medical questionnaire. 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. This means filling out the Knowledge Reviews found at the end of each chapter in the diver manual included with your student kit You must pick up the kit at the store. eLearners will also have homework in the form of the online program. Homework is required to be completed before class begins. eLearners receive a Access pass 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 and turned in the homework. Monterey divers will not be able to go to Monterey without first having completed and turned in the homework. If you have questions regarding homework, or feel you may not have it ready before class starts, please inform your instructor.
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. 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. We may not have your size or color choice available. Scuba Fusion now offers a no questions asked exchange policy on snorkeling gear. During your class, 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)
Students must answer some medical questions before taking the class. If a student answers “yes” to any of the questions then said student will need to see a physician before continuing with scuba lessons. If you have any questions about the waiver or feel you may be falling into a gray area regarding particular questions, talk to your scuba instructor before answering. Keep in mind your scuba instructor should never be considered your primary care physician. A copy of the medical waiver can be found in your student kit/eLearning logbook and also on our website in the Support / Student Resources area.
The PADI swim test or swim evaluation will be conducted at the pool. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer or an athlete to scuba dive, but some degree of comfort in the water certainly helps. Divers will demonstrate that they can comfortably maintain themselves in water too deep in which to stand by completing a 10-minute swim/ float without using any swim aids. Candidates will also complete a 200 metre/yard continuous surface swim or a 300 metre/ yard swim with mask, fins and snorkel. The test is pass or fail but can be retaken at the next available pool class – the first retake is free of charge.