We’re happy to hear you’re interested in becoming one of the thousands of people who learn to scuba dive each year.

  • Two scuba divers
  • School of Fish
  • A Turtle

Three steps to certification

  • Online or classroom training
  • Pool Training Sessions
  • Open Water Training Dives
You will be introduced to the world underwater, and will learn through the proper use of diving equipment, skills, and safety procedures, how to become a certified scuba diver. Our certified instructors will provide hands-on training so you can feel comfortable while scuba diving.

You can complete the classroom part of your training with our digital online program and go over highlights at our Reading, Pa. Dive Center classrooms.

You practice scuba skills in a heated pool, and attend two days of open water training diving. You may even choose to complete your open water training dives during one of our scuba diving vacations.

Upon successful completion, you are awarded an Scuba Schools International (SSI) Open Water certification card and you are a scuba diver for life!

As a certified scuba diver, you are ready to go on exciting scuba diving vacations, and take advantage of additional training opportunities.

What’s Required

  • Proper Knowledge
  • Proper Skills
  • Proper Equipment
You must be in good physical health, complete and sign medical forms and releases, and sign a Student Learning Contract.

The minimum age requirement is 10 years of age. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For our younger divers between the ages of 8 to 12 we offer our Scuba Rangers program. There is no maximum age, but good general health is required.

The maximum Open Water class size is 10 students, plus your instructor and teaching assistants. The ability to feel comfortable in the water is stressed more than endurance. A swimming evaluation consists of four laps of the pool.

With our exclusive “Comfort Through Repetition” teaching method it is easy to build your knowledge and learn the safety rules that must be followed to dive safely. Our professional teaching system includes a manual, electronic training materials, dive tables, and a student registration folder.

Classroom or on-line training
You attend up to three classroom sessions and up to three double pool training sessions, where you learn and demonstrate scuba skills to your instructor. You may also choose to complete the classroom portion of your training in the comfort of your home.

Pool Training Sessions
For your pool training sessions, you will need to have a scuba mask, adjustable fins, dive boots, snorkel, and logbook. An optional equipment bag will help keep all of your gear well organized. During pool training sessions, some students prefer to wear either a full-length or “shorty” three-millimeter thick wetsuit for added warmth.

Some of the scuba diving skills you will learn include:

  • Moving in the water with ease
  • Breathing normally underwater
  • Controlling your buoyancy so you neither descend nor ascend
  • The easiest ways to enter and exit the water
  • Getting water out of your mask and mask clearing

Open Water Training Dives
After your classroom and pool training sessions, you must pass a written test. You then attend two days of open water training dives at a local scuba diving park. During open-water training you demonstrate what you have learned in the classroom and pool. You may also choose to complete your open-water training dives during one of our exciting diving vacations.

During your open water training dives you will need a scuba equipment package that includes, a seven millimeter wetsuit with hood and gloves, two scuba tanks, a regulator set, depth and pressure gauges, a buoyancy compensator, and a weight belt. Scuba Venture students attending their open water training dives can rent a basic equipment package from us at a special discounted price. If you would like to use your own scuba equipment, please contact us so we can make sure it is suitable.

A Certified Scuba Diver for Life

Upon successful completion of your classroom and pool training sessions, and your open water training dives, an SSI Open Water Diver certification card will be awarded, and you will be a certified scuba diver for life!

Both private, semi-private, and home study training programs are available. For more information, please contact us.

How much does it cost?

Open Water certification course
$260.00 – up to 3 classroom sessions, up to three double pool training sessions, and two days of open water training dives. Includes digital training materials, dive tables, and a student registration folder. You can choose to complete the classroom portion of your training online in the convenience of your home.

Mask, Fins, and Snorkel—Click here for our snorkeling packages
Packages start at $215.00
– 10% discounted price for ScubaVenture students. Snorkeling equipment is also available as individual items. If you own your own snorkeling package we recommend you bring it to our dive center so we can make sure it will be suitable.

Scuba equipment rental package for open water training dives
$85.00
– Discounted price for ScubaVenture open water students. You may use your own scuba equipment, providing you bring it to our dive center so we can make sure it will be suitable.

Scuba park entrance fees for open water training dives
Depending on whether you choose to complete your open water training dives at a local scuba diving  park or on a diving vacation, there are either park entrance fees or the cost of your diving vacation.

Both private and semi-private scuba courses, and financing on both training courses and scuba equipment are available.

Where can I go diving?

There are many scuba diving locations for you to choose from. You can dive the Caribbean or go on a diving vacation to a far off land. You can take a dive boat trip off of the Atlantic coast and dive shipwrecks, spearfish, or catch lobster. And you can dive locally at lakes that are set up specifically for scuba divers- think of them as scuba diver amusement parks.

Diving Vacations


Scuba Venture offers a number of scuba diving vacations and dive trips.  You travel with a certified Divemaster or Instructor who is knowledgeable about your destination, and will help you have a enjoyable experience.

Common scuba diving questions

Snorkeling is actually one of the first skills that new scuba divers learn, skills like clearing your mask or the proper use of diving fins.
Assuming you do not have any irregularities in your ears or sinuses, this discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust to pressure changes in our ears and sinuses. You will just need to learn how.
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function, heart function, nervous system function, or one that may alter consciousness is a concern. Only a qualified physician can assess your individual health condition.
Sunburn and seasickness. Both may be avoidable with over-the-counter preventatives. The most common injuries caused by marine life are scrapes and stings. These are usually avoidable by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom, and by being careful where you put your hands and feet.
Although incidents with sharks do occur, they are very rare. Spearfishing or feeding sharks may trigger a shark’s feeding behavior. If you see a shark it is usually just passing through and a relatively rare sight to enjoy.
The limit for a certified recreational scuba diver is 130 feet. It is recommended that beginning divers stay shallower than 60 feet. Some of the most enjoyable diving is no deeper than 40 feet where the water is warmer and the colors are brighter.
Because you have a gauge that shows you how much air you have, that is not likely. And it is always recommended that you plan your dive so that you return to the surface with a reserve quantity of air still in your scuba tank. We always recommend that you scuba dive with a dive buddy. If you did not effectively monitor your remaining air supply, your dive buddy may allow you to share their single air supply while returning to the surface.
Although wearing scuba equipment may initially feel awkward, many people find the weightlessness of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern dive masks are available with translucent materials which you may prefer if a scuba mask makes you feel closed in.
Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, it is always recommended that women avoid scuba diving while pregnant or while trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is usually not a concern.
That depends. There are many people who go diving who have different types of challenges. They need to be able to understand and follow required safely procedures, and correctly operate their scuba equipment.
During one of our scheduled pool training classes, we offer you a free “Try Scuba” session. Try Scuba allows you to get in the water, in a shallow three-foot pool, and see what it’s really like to scuba dive. Most of our new divers find it very easy to get comfortable in the water, and they quickly gain the skills they need to become certified scuba divers for life.

Scuba Venture offers the above answers to some of questions as a way to help you better enjoy the sports of snorkeling and scuba diving. Before you go snorkeling or scuba diving, we always recommend you consult with a qualified physician regarding any of the above information, and any specific health concerns or conditions that you or your family may have.

How do I get started?

Call us at 610-678-2688, toll free at 877-685-0944, email us. or visit our Reading Pa. Dive Center.

At ScubaVenture you can tour our dive center and classrooms, check out our top quality scuba diving equipment, and learn about our training courses and exciting diving vacations. Or just call us and we’ll answer any question you may have.

Mark Stitzer


877-685-0944
mark@scubaventure.net