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If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the Hamden Scuba PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.


To enroll in a Hamden Scuba PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health.


Open Water Diver Course

* 3 days

The PADI Open Water course is the entry level course to get you started as an independent scuba diver. Completed over 3 days it includes knowledge development and training dives.

Adventure Diver

* 1 day

The Adventure Diver program is designed to add both skills and experience to the Open Water program. There is both Knowledge Development and 3 training dives invlolved in the program.

Advanced Open Water Diver

* 2 days

The Advanced Open Water course takes the Open Water Diver depth limit to 100ft. Consisting of 5 Adventure dives including Deep and Navigation, the AOW brings new challenges and opportunituies to go further and do more.

Rescue Diver Course

* 2 days

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken.You learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, become more confident in your skills knowing that you can help others if needed.

Emergency First Response Courses

* 1 day

Professional Level Courses


PADI EAN Nitrox Specialty Courses

PADI Peak Performace Buoyancy 

Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency.  All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

Ready to take the next step - Go Pro with Hamden Scuba. We offer Divemaster and above courses on a regular basis in many differnt formats to suit your needs. Whether you want to work in the dive industry or simply bring your skills to the next level, we have a course for you.

PADI Search & Recovery Specialty

PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Courses

PADI Navigation Specialty Courses


PADI Drysuit Specialty Courses

Project AWARE Specialty Course

PADI Underwater Naturalist Courses

Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Courses

Project AWARE Fish ID Specialty Courses

PADI Deep Diver Specialty Courses


PADI Cavern Diver Specialty Courses

PADI Boat Diver Specialty Courses

Emergency Oxygen First Aid Courses

PADI Night Specialty Courses

PADI Ice Diver Specialty Courses

PADI Underwater Photography Specialty

PADI Equipment Specialty Courses

PADI Surface Marker Buoy Courses

Kids Corner

Scuba is a family family sport. At Hamden Scuba we offer programs for kids as young as 10 years old. The following programs have a minimum age of 10 years old. Some restricitions do apply, so make sure you enquire.

Dive Based Programs:

  • Junior Open Water Diver

  • Junior Adventure Diver

  • Boat Diver

  • Digital Underwater Photographer

  • Peak Performace Buoyancy Diver

  • Underwater Naturalist

  • Underwater Navigator

Non Dive Programs:

  • Project AWARE

  • Coral Reef Conservation Specialist

  • Emergency Oxygen First Aid

  • EFR CPR and First Aid

  • Equipment Specialist

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