Overview and Schedule


Spring and summer classes and open water dives are filling up fast, so call us today to reserve your spot at 203.853.4148, option 1. Space is limited!




$599*† - includes, classroom and pool sessions, learning materials, referral documents and certification card.


At the risk of sounding immodest, we rock. Why? Because we have the top instructors in the area who love diving and want to make sure you do too.


For the latest course schedule, click here (or scroll to the bottom of this page)


Call us to register for any class at 203.853.4148, option 1. 


Here's the real deal of how basic SCUBA courses work:


Every basic scuba certification course includes the following three components:


  • Academics: Basic gas physics and the impact of diving on your physiology, planning, environment, diving gear, and more.  There is also a multiple choice exam you must pass in order to move onto the open water phase.

  • Pool (also called "Confined Water"): Learn basic skills of how to move through the water, neutral buoyancy (the most important skill), mask clearing, recovery of your breathing device or regulator, gear removal, both on the surface and underwater, gear assembly, breakdown and care, entries and more.

  • Open Water Certification Dives: You need to complete four dives in "open" water (could be the ocean or a lake). Here you repeat the skills you learned in the pool in the open water, just to make sure you've got it all down. 

  • Certification: Once you complete all the above components successfully, you will receive a certification card, which never expires.

  • SCUBA Refresher courses: There is a degree of self-policing that has to happen once you're certified because your certification never expires. If you're out of the water for an extended period (a year is a good maximum, but even after six months or so), you should do a SCUBA Refresher course, where you do a basic review and run through skills in the pool.  We schedule these on a case by case basis, so give us a call at (203) 883-1235, option 1 to talk about scheduling.


How SCUBA courses do not work well:

Some would you have you believe that you can train for scuba by doing an online course, doing a review in class with an instructor, then spending a couple of hours in the pool before heading into the ocean or other open water. We can tell you from lots of experience seeing tons of divers trained that way that this does not work well.


There are no shortcuts worth taking with SCUBA training, where you are learning to conduct yourself in an alien environment while breathing from a life support device. New divers need instructor contact and mentoring. They also need time in between sessions to study the material and assimilate what you've learned.


A real scuba course includes classroom sessions and lots of time with an instructor, not an eLearning course and a short pool session. Mentoring is a huge part of successful training, and many stay in contact with their instructors for years to come. There are also about 20 water skills you need to learn, and those take some time. It's not fun to feel rushed through training. The idea is to reduce the stress of learning to dive and make it fun!


Doing an online course without a real instructor is kind of like being handed the bricks to make a building without being given the cement to hold them together.  The key to learning to dive and being confident and knowledgeable as a diver is having an instructor who adds context to what you are learning in the book so you can cement it all together and who mentors you throughout the experience and onward to the next level. You also need to know the "why" of it all, not just the "what," and an instructor gives you that and can answer your questions in real time. An eLearning course cannot answer your questions.


We bring the FUN!


Our training program ensures the best possible experience, the highest degree of success and safety, and of course, lots of fun. The course consists of three to four sessions, split roughly 50% between class and pool. 


How courses are conducted at Oceanblue:


Classroom and Pool:


Classroom sessions: Are conducted in our store classroom.

Pool sessions: Are conducted at the Stamford YMCA


We also conduct private and semi-private classes for those who have specific scheduling needs.  For more information about private and semi-private classes, click here


Open Water:

Once you complete the classroom and pool sessions, open water dives can be completed in a number of ways. For our full local open water dive schedule and information about other options, click here.


Before your course begins:


Please note: In addition to the scheduled classes below, in advance of the start of the course you must come into the store to fill out waivers and medical evaluation forms and to be fitted for gear for the pool.  Again, this must be completed before your course begins.


Gear for Purchase:


We also generally fit every diver candidate for mask, fins, snorkel and boots (unless they own this gear already), which is basic gear that every diver should have in order to make the most of the diving experience.  We carry the top brands of this gear available, and students receive a 10% discount on all gear they purchase prior to and during their classes.  This fitting can be done at the time of filling out forms.



Early 2019 Course Schedule


April: (three weekend sessions) - Instructor: Tom

Classroom Sessions: Oceanblue Dive, Pool: Stamford YMCA

Saturday April 6 9:00am - 12:00pm, class, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, pool
Saturday April 13: 9:00am - 12:00pm, class, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, pool
Saturday April 27: 9:00am - 11:30am exam, 12:00 - 5:00pm pool


May Class 1: (three weekend sessions) - Instructor: Dave

Classroom Sessions: Oceanblue Dive, Pool: Stamford YMCA

Saturday May 4 9:00am - 12:00pm, class, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, pool
Saturday May 11: 9:00am - 12:00pm, class, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, pool
Saturday May 18: 9:00am - 11:30am exam, 12:00 - 5:00pm pool



May Class 2: (three weekend sessions) - Instructor: Gerard

Classroom Sessions: Oceanblue Dive, Pool: Stamford YMCA

Sunday May 5:  8:00am - 11:00pm, class, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, pool
Sunday May 12: 8:00am - 11:00pm, class, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, pool
Sunday May 19: 8:00am - 11:30am exam, 12:00 - 4:00pm pool


June Class 1: (three weekend sessions) - Instructor: Dave

Classroom Sessions: Oceanblue Dive, Pool: Stamford YMCA

Saturday June 1 9:00am - 12:00pm, class, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, pool
Saturday June 8: 9:00am - 12:00pm, class, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, pool
Saturday June 15: 9:00am - 11:30am exam, 12:00 - 5:00pm pool



Open Water Certification Dive Schedule 2019


We will be conducting the required certification dives throughout the Summer and into mid-Fall.



The schedule for 2019 will be up in March.


Click here for the latest open water certification dive information and schedule.



* Class and pool only.  Open water certification dives not included. For information about open water certification dives and cost, click here.

Refund policy, please note: We do not offer refunds for training.  If for some reason you are unable to attend part or all of a course, we will be happy to reschedule you with no expiration date.  

    YMCA of Stamford

    Oceanblue Dive
    108 Bedford Street

    Stamford, CT, 06901