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CT scuba certification classes
codfishhead - 4/04/2013 8:30 AM
Category: New Diver Q&A
Replies: 8

Looking for some recommendations on a class for a few newbies. I made some calls and did a little searching on the web. I would like a class that gives me the best education in the shortest amount of time. I found lots of good comments about Scuba Shack. I called and spoke with a very nice women that seemed very knowledgeable. My only issue with going there today to sign up is the class is 6 weeks long.

Can anyone recommend a good class in CT to get certified other than the Scuba Shack?

Thank you

KosherRockets - 4/04/2013 10:51 AM
For open water diver certifications? What agencies?
caves4me - 4/04/2013 12:10 PM
Divers Cove in Essex is another good shop.
codfishhead - 4/04/2013 1:53 PM
Whatever the very first Cert is ScubaAnOn. I’m as new as you can be.

Thanks Caves but Essex is a little to far.

should have mentioned I live in Middlebury and work in Danbury and Shelton.

anyone have info on Orbit Marine in Bridgeport? Good or bad?
John_giu - 4/06/2013 1:16 PM
PADI classes are pretty easy to cheat your way through on-line.

The question is, how much do you want to learn and retain. No amount of

brow beating by an instructor is going to help you learn. Find some one you are comfortable with

and dedicate the time you need to learn what you need to not only pass the tests but to be safe.

With practical application of what you have studied most of it will become second nature.
LatitudeAdjustment - 4/09/2013 4:20 AM
"anyone have info on Orbit Marine in Bridgeport? Good or bad? "

Orbit has been around forever and in this business that means you must be doing something right.

You can take the classes online and just do the pool sessions and test at a PADI shop which cuts out the travel and classroom time. That would make the course short unless you have problems in the pool. Somethings you’ll only learn in the pool, no way out of a book! Something like the USAF firefighting course I recently took online, sweeping the fire with the mouse, what was I supposed to have learned from that!?
codfishhead - 4/11/2013 10:04 AM
Thank you LA. Heading there with a fireman after work today to sign up for the april 27 class. one full day. Half in the books and half day in the pool.

Just need the 4 open water dives after that.

They were not sure when they would get the boats in and start their open water dives. I really don’t want to do them in the Sound around Orbits. Tried to free dive a few times around there. 2 foot or less is all I could see. Dark as hell down there.

Any rec of a place in RI to do the open water dives in? I was told you can’t do them all in one day. 3 max per day. So I guess this would have to be a 2 visit run to RI.
caves4me - 4/11/2013 10:39 AM
Fort Wetherill in Jamestown Rhode Island is this place for open water dives.
Indiana - 4/15/2013 7:00 PM
You can run down to dutch springs to do your open water dives.If you shop does not go there you can get a referral from them and have a local shop do the dives .I could hook you up with a shop if you want.