Learn to Dive

Discovery Diving Co., Inc.
414 Orange St
Beaufort, North Carolina 28516





trainingiconCongratulations! You've taken the first step towards becoming a diver- finding out what all is involved.

At Discovery Diving, teaching new divers is one of the things we enjoy most, so if you have any questions about learning to dive, please don't hesitate to email or call us at 252-728-2265.

View our complete Training Schedule.

Thank you so much for teaching my family how to dive. Now, we have something we can all do together!
-Todd (Sea Level, NC)


The PADI Open Water course is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge and skills to safely gain limited experience in the diving environment under favorable conditions. We recommend that the newly qualified SCUBA diver limit diving to calm, shallow waters with an experienced buddy and engage in special diving activities only after qualifying through training for the particular activity.

Minimum Age

15 for an Open Water certification (People 12 to 15 years old receive a Junior Open Water Certification.)

Class Description

Training is divided into 8 major categories:

  • Diving Equipment
  • Medical Aspects
  • Diving Physics
  • Diving Environment
  • Dive Tables
  • Diving Practices
  • Diving Activities
  • SCUBA Diving Skills

There are approximately 12 hours of class work and 12 hours of pool work, depending on the progress of the class.

The class culminates with 4 SCUBA Dives, which are beach entry dives. We include  Boat dive to the Indra, for extra experience on a charter boat and diving on a wreck (weather permitting). If the weather does not permit the Boat Dive, you can come back and do it with another class.


Each person must:

    • Take a swim evaluation consisting of:
      1. 200 yard swim with any combination of strokes
      2. 10 minute Float
      3. 5 Minute Tread
      4. Breath Hold Swim
    • Satisfactorily pass a written examination
    • Supply mask, fins, and snorkel, PADI Open Water Manual with tables and Divers Log Book

NOTE: Students without mask, fins, and snorkel are requested to wait until after the first class session before purchasing them. The first session details these items and provides information for selecting appropriate and adequate equipment.

Before Class
  • Read the first three sections of text book and answer the questions at the end of each section before the first class meeting
  • Complete the Medical Form.


$375.00 (includes one boat dive)

How to Sign Up


For more information or to register for a class, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 252-728-2265.

After Certification, students will be allowed to use the SCUBA gear FREE OF CHARGE any time we are doing student dives or when they are participating in higher level and Specialty Classes.

U/W Bike Race

eventsiconJoin us on July 4th for this annual event benefitting the Children's Mile of Hope.

Lionfish Tournament

eventsiconWe need your help to make Carteret County's 6th Annual "If you Can't Beat 'em, Eat 'em" Spearfishing Tournament a success! This Tournament is a joint effort between Discovery Diving and Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association (ECARA).

Treasure Hunt

eventsiconFood, prizes, diving, and fun! Proceeds benefit the Mile Hope Children's Cancer Fund and DAN's research in diving safety.


2013Join us in support of the East Carolina Artificial Reef Association.  Click here for more info on this great event and how you can help to bring more Wrecks to the Graveyard of the Atlantic.