Products

Products

Special Orders Welcome!

The following is a partial list of our primary vendors.

  • Akona
  • Apeks
  • Aqua Lung
  • Backscatter Underwater Photography & Video
  • Deep Sea Supply
  • Deep See
  • Drysuits Unlimited International (DUI)
  • Fourth Element
  • Gear Aid
  • GoPro
  • Halcyon
  • Ikelight
  • Light N Motion
  • Ocean Management Systems (OMS)
  • Ocean Technology Systems (OTS)
  • Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI)
  • Pelican
  • Princeton Tec
  • Scuba Optics
  • Sea Life Cameras
  • Sea Pearls
  • Shearwater
  • Sherwood
  • Subsalve USA
  • Suunto
  • Trident Diving Equipment
  • Underwater Kinetics
  • U.S. Divers
  • XS Scuba

Open Water Diver

PADI Open Water Diver

Your PADI Open Water Certification is the most widely recognized certification rating in the world. You can dive anywhere up to 60 feet in depth in conditions similar to those in which you trained.

photo_maskdrillIf you are in good health and comfortable in the water, you can earn your certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program offered. Scuba Shack instructors recommend kids start diving at 12 years of age.

During the course, you’ll learn the basics of scuba, including diving fundamentals, equipment and techniques. You’ll complete an online home-study program, more than six hours of academic reviews and pool time and four open water dives. Most of the course time is spent in the pool, developing your scuba skills and giving you time to practice until you are comfortable.

A history of certain health issues may require a physician’s approval prior to participating in the PADI Open Water Diver course. Prospective students must review the Medical Form. If you answer YES to any question, you must have your physician (MD) review your medical history and sign the form clearing you for diving activities before enrolling in the class, purchasing equipment and registering for online eLearning.

Class Options

Weekend Group Classes are our most popular option. Classes are limited to four students, with one instructor assisted by a PADI certified dive professional. PADI eLearning is completed online, on your own time before the first class. The group meets on a Tuesday or Thursday night, and all day the following Saturday & Sunday for pool and academic reviews.

This class moves at a brisk pace! Once completed, you are ready to take your Open Water Exam with Scuba Shack on a designated weekend May through October, or at any PADI shop worldwide.

A group class is the most cost effective way to earn your certification. Additional pool sessions are available, if needed. Fees apply.

We also provide private classes to those who want to work in a smaller group, on their own, or are unable to meet the set schedule of a group class.

Call Scuba Shack for pricing and schedules.

What Students Need

Students will need scuba-quality mask, snorkel, boots and fins as well as a log book and dive tables. Our professional staff will assist you in selecting gear to ensure your satisfaction, and we offer a 100-Day Satisfaction Guarantee on gear purchases. If you already have scuba-quality equipment, please bring it with you at the time of sign up to ensure it fits correctly.

Academics

With our PADI Open Water eLearning program, homework is completed online prior to class. After completing the home study, you’ll be ready to start working with an instructor.

Scuba Shack provides classroom sessions in conjunction with pool instruction. Rather than just read about wetsuits, drysuits and other scuba equipment, you can see and touch these items first hand!

Pool Training

You’ll be hands-on with scuba equipment and classroom sessions for more than six hours. You’ll review dive theory with your instructor, providing a strong foundation for your success. It is important that you are comfortable in the water before starting scuba lessons. You will need to complete a 200-yard swim – any stroke, no time limit – and tread water for 10 minutes to ensure you are comfortable.

Open Water Certification Dives

After completion of the academic and confined water (pool) training, you’ll need to complete four open water certification dives over two days. These sessions, which include hands-on equipment use, surface skills and diving usually take four to five hours each day. You have three options.

  • Complete your dives with us in a group class
  • Complete your dives with us privately
  • Complete your dives while you are on vacation – known as a referral

Our Open Water Exam Fee includes the use of a 7mm wetsuit, compass and dive computer. A hood and gloves are required at certain times of the year. If you complete your dives on a referral, you may spend a little more overall as you’ll pay the dive center and/or instructor fee at your referral location.

Whether you are interested in diving in New England or want to dive in warm water only, we welcome all divers! We feature trips to the Bahamas, Florida, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and other exciting locations where you can complete your required dives.

Your PADI Open Water Certification is the most widely recognized certification rating in the world. Since you will be trained by Scuba Shack, one of the most respected training facilities in the United States, your certification will also be respected.

Group classes are held evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. and private classes are available.

Where do you start: If you are in good health and comfortable in the water, you can earn your certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program offered.

You will need to complete a medical history questionnaire prior to the start of the course. If you answer YES to any question, you will need to have your physician sign the form clearing you for diving activities before any in-water training. A physicians signature is required for all Scuba Shack students prior to completing open water dives.

In general, Scuba Shack instructors encourage kids to start diving between the ages of 12 and 14.

What does the course involve:During the course, you’ll learn the basics of scuba, including diving fundamentals, equipment and techniques. You’ll complete a home-study program, five pool dives, knowledge development sessions and four open water dives.

Most of the course time is spent in the pool, developing your scuba skills and giving you time to practice until you are comfortable.

What will I need: You will need to provide your own personal gear including mask, snorkel, fins and boots. Your success in the course is directly related to the comfort, fit and quality of this equipment. Our professional staff will assist you in selecting from a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes to ensure your satisfaction.

Each student will need their own text book, dive tables full-action DVD and log book. If you are taking the class with family members, you can share a DVD.

How long will it take:The class is performance based. What this means is that you move through the program at your own pace as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills.

The group classes are scheduled one night per week over six weeks, and private classes move at the students pace – depending on availability – and is usually completed in less than two weeks.

Certification dives are scheduled during one weekend, between May and October. You can also complete your certification dives on one of our group trips or during your vacation at a participating PADI Dive Center.

What You Need: Personal gear including mask, snorkel, fins & boots. Class materials, medical statement & releases.

Your Commitment:Six weeks, one night per week plus four certification dives during one weekend.

Results to Expect: Comprehensive training for beginners, breathing underwater– and lots of fun.

Class Fee$249

What’s Next?Buoyancy & Control 101 and Enriched Air

Hours & Directions

New Location!

Address & Contact Info

Note our NEW location!


Scuba Shack
1275 Cromwell Avenue (Route 3)
Suite A-6
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Phone: (860) 563-0119
Contact us via e-mail

Current Hours

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, hours are subject to change. You can call (860) 563-0119 to confirm today's hours.

  • Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Directions


Our new location is located on Cromwell Avenue in Rocky Hill, only three minutes from I-91 and Exit 23.

From Hartford, take Interstate 91 south to exit 23. Take a right at the end of the ramp onto West Street. Proceed .3 miles to Route 3, and take a left. Continue 1.4 miles. Scuba Shack is located in the Shunpike Business Center, the first right after the Inwood Road intersection.

From New Haven, take Interstate 91 north to exit 23. Take a left at the end of the ramp onto West Street. Proceed .4 miles to Route 3, and take a left. Continue 1.4 miles. Scuba Shack is located in the Shunpike Business Center, the first right after the Inwood Road intersection.


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Facility

Scuba Shack Facility

With an eye to expanding education, repair, service and fulfillment, Scuba Shack now has a more extensive service area and a streamlined showroom. We have dedicated areas to Recreational Divers and Public Safety Teams.

In addition to a wide selection of gear, our showroom area also contains a classroom, dressing room, and Sunny, our official greeter and unofficial door chime!

Our Air Fill Station offers fills for SCUBA, SCBA, and many types of paintball and air rifle tanks. We are able to fill Ultra Pure, CGA E Air, Nitrox, and Trimix for properly certified divers.

Our Repair Station features full service for AGA and OTS full face masks, a wide variety of in house regulator repair, BCD service, as well as a dedicated tank and valve service are.

On the other side of our showroom is our fleet of BCDs, regulators, tanks, and wetsuits ready to fulfill your rental needs.

We’re quite pleased with our new setup that allows us to serve you and meet your service needs more quickly and efficiently.

Come visit us today!

Course Catalog

Course Catalog

Prior to enrollment in any of our classes that involve in-water activities, students must review the Medical Statement. If you answer YES or are unsure about a question, you should contact your physician before enrolling in the class, purchasing equipment and registering for online eLearning.

PADI

Some PADI courses offer online eLearning. As an option to purchasing the PADI materials at Scuba Shack, you can start your training right now for some classes. This option does not replace academic training sessions with your instructor, but offers you a cool new way to review the academic material and videos online, anywhere, at any time as long as you have an Internet connection. Payments made online are for the home-study portion of the class only.
Note all in-water training programs require a current Medical Form on file. 

PADI Master Scuba Diver

The Master Scuba Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating. The qualification process to receive a PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is challenging, but Scuba Shack provides you with a solid training path to earn the rating.

After completing your Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver certifications, you’ll need at least 50 logged dives and five Specialty Diver certifications to be qualified as a Master Scuba Diver.

PADI Specialty & Distinctive Specialties

Scuba Shack instructors offer many opportunities for dive training, and many of our most popular programs are specialty courses that only require between one and four open water training dives. Listed below are just a few of the specialty courses we offer. 

Scuba Shack

Emergency First Response (EFR)

Diving Science and Technology (DSAT)

Introduction – Jeff Cinciripino

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Introduction – Dennis Bosse

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Introduction – Peter Katz

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Introduction – Nick Civitillo

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