Step One: In-Water Orientation


Prior to taking part in any of our weeknight or weekend beginning scuba courses, you need to attend one of our four-hour, in-water orientations. (This requirement does not apply to private lessons.)

These orientation sessions help ensure your scuba course is the best learning experience possible. They help you avoid learning to dive with uncomfortable, ill-fitting equipment, and allow you to start your training with comfort and confidence.


ChecklistScuba orientations take place on a regular basis. (See schedule below.) Prior to the Orientation, you need to do the following:

  • Sign up and pay for the orientation session (it’s just $99/person).
  • Purchase your mask, snorkel, fins and other required equipment. Learn more…
  • Review the medical history form and, if necessary, obtain a physician’s approval for diver training. Learn more…
  • Reserve space in an upcoming orientation.

Here is what the Orientation involves. (Note that most of this involves getting in the pool.)

  • Watching the SSI Risk Awareness video and completing all the necessary paper work.
  • Watermanship demonstration and evaluation.
  • Learning how much lead you will need to be neutrally buoyant.
  • Making sure your snorkeling equipment fits and will meet your needs.
  • Learning various surface skills such as water entries, kicks, mask clearing, snorkel use and more.

What to Bring

Available Orientation Dates

Weeknight sessions take place from 6:00 until 10:00 pm; Saturday sessions run from 12:00 until 4:00 pm. All sessions take place at Harry’s Dive Shop. Upcoming dates include:

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017

These regularly scheduled orientations will take place whenever we have at least four students enrolled. We can also do private orientations for an additional fee.

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