Scuba Diver

PADI Scuba Diver Certification at the Downtown Aquarium

Short on time and long on the urge to become a certified diver? Then our PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you. This course requires less time and leaves you nearly 90% of the way toward the PADI Open Water Diver certification.  That’s because you’ll have already completed all of the classroom sessions, all of the pool dives and you’ll complete the vast majority of the Open Water skills during your two dives in the Aquarium.  AND, you’ll complete them in “one of the most incredible diving environments in the country!”

This certification allows for ample dive experience and will have you prepared for the Open Water Diver course — if that’s your ultimate goal.

PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 40 feet
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase diving equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision
  • Continue their dive training and complete a PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses

The many benefits of completing your PADI Scuba Diver certification at the Downtown Aquarium include:

Scuba Diver Certification
  • It’s located in the heart of Denver
  • The diving is “incredible” with great visibility
  • You’ll complete your first two open water dives in great a saltwater environment
  • It will provide an easier transition to the ocean
  • The majority of your Open Water skills will have already been completed, leaving only a handful to finish on your final two Open Water dives
  • It’s a very short driving distance from home, saving you time and money
  • All of the equipment is included (Snorkeling, wetsuit, regulator, BCD, Gauges, computer)
  • NO hotel expenses
  • You’ll be able to complete your final two Open Water training dives in only one day
  • You’ll be up close and personal with more cool critters than you ever thought possible
  • It’ll save you 12-16 hours of driving time to the Crater or Blue Hole


Prior to participating in the open water dives, you must:

Prior to participating in the open water dives, you must:

Fee – $255


  • Scuba Diver CertificationEntry to the diving area
  • Two training dives
  • PADI Scuba Diver Certification Card and photo
  • Wall Certificate
  • BCD, Regulator, Gauges, Wetsuit and Computer
  • Either a 1-day pass (that day) which provides access to the second floor exhibits or parking
  • T-shirt (it’s cool)
  • Discount on Open Water Dives 3 & 4 with A-1.
  • Note: you will be assessed an additional fee for open water training dives 3 & 4 wherever you choose to complete them.
  • Use of a private locker room & showers
  • $100.00 SeaLife Camera Set Gift Certificate for use on any current model SeaLife DC1400 Camera Package

Not Included

  • Surface Signaling Tube (you will use this during your second open water training dive in the aquarium)
  • Referral Kit
  • Mask, Fins, Snorkel & Booties (these may be rented)
  • Open Water training dives 3 & 4
  • Either aquarium admission to the main exhibits or parking
  • Swimsuit, towel, personal hygiene items
  • Locker for locker room (not required but recommended)
  • Log Book

Note: Please bring shoes (Keens, flip-flops, water shoes, etc) to wear on the wet deck

The Fun Part

The Scuba Diver certification opens the door on the underwater world for anyone who’s thought that a course would take too long or be too difficult.

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Please note: Cancelling less than one week before the starting date will result in a forfeit of your deposit.

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