Scuba Diving Class Information and Rates

Discover Scuba Experience

$150.00

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. Vortex Dive Resort offers this course right here at our beautiful spring. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. If after your Discover scuba experience you decide to become a certified scuba diver, 50% of your Discover Scuba Diving cost can be applied to an Open Water Dive Certification with us. Discover Scuba fees include a dive pass, instructor fees, air fills, and all rental gear. 

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health. This course does not result in a certification. 


Open Water Diver Course

$400.00

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the water, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the 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. Requires three consecutive days. Fees include a dive pass, instructor fees, air fills, all rental gear. PADI E-Learning is paid directly to PADI, it is not included in this price. PADI Crew Packs are available upon request, contact Dive Shop for pricing.

To enroll in a PADI 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. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.


Advanced Open Water Diver Course

$400.00

Exploration, Excitement, Experience. That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving. Fees include a dive pass, instructor fees, air fills, and all rental gear. PADI E-Learning is paid directly to PADI, it is not included in this price. PADI Crew Packs are available upon request, contact Dive Shop for pricing. If aplicable boat fees will be additional.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.


Rescue Diver Course

$400.00

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning. Fees include a dive pass, instructor fees, air fills, and all rental gear. PADI E-Learning is paid directly to PADI, it is not included in this price. PADI Crew Packs are available upon request, contact Dive Shop for pricing. If applicable boat fees will be additional.

PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.


Universal Referral Program

$285.00

If you have done your book wook and confined open water dives somewhere else and need your checkout open water dives to complete your certification than we can help! Whether you have completed PADI, SSI, NAUI, or SDI book work and confined open water dives we can finish your certification. Requires two consecutive days. Fees include a dive pass, instructor fees, air fills, and all rental gear. PADI E-Learning is paid directly to PADI, it is not included in this price. PADI Crew Packs are available upon request, contact Dive Shop for pricing.


ReActivate Scuba Refresher Course

$285.00

Haven’t been diving lately and want a quick scuba refresher? The ReActivate™ program is the perfect way to update your dive skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate is personalized for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go diving with a PADI Professional. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI course or get ready for a diving vacation. The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.

Any PADI certified diver who wants a refresher or pre-travel update should ReActivate. Dive shops appreciate seeing a recent ReActivate date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in. Fees include a dive pass, instructor fees, air fills, and all rental gear. PADI E-Learning is paid directly to PADI, it is not included in this price. PADI Crew Packs are available upon request, contact Dive Shop for pricing. 


Enriched Air Diver Specialty Course

$200.00

($150.00 if taken in conjunction with the Open Water or Advanced Open Water Courses)

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver. Fees include a dive pass, instructor fees, air fills, and all rental gear. PADI E-Learning is paid directly to PADI, it is not included in this price. PADI Crew Packs are available upon request, contact Dive Shop for pricing.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course.


Cavern Diver Specialty Course

$400.00

Caverns exist in many areas where scuba divers venture – from freshwater springs to volcanic island walls and limestone coasts. In these locations you’ll find large, dark spaces that seem incredibly inviting, yet are potentially dangerous. The PADI Cavern Diver Specialty course gives you the knowledge and skills to explore caverns correctly – allowing you to enter far enough for adventure, but staying within the light zone for an easy exit to open water.  Fees include a dive pass, instructor fees, air fills, and all rental gear. PADI E-Learning is paid directly to PADI, it is not included in this price. PADI Crew Packs are available upon request, contact Dive Shop for pricing.

You need to be PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old to enroll in the Cavern Diver course.


Classes can be held in our classroom located at the Treasure Chest, a fully furnished 3000 square foot home. This accommodation is available for rent during your visit, please see our lodging section for more information 

A student training platform are provided at the 20 foot level along with an instructor "talk box". Two artificial caverns in the basin exist to let open water divers try out an overhead environment safely.

All fees listed above are subject to change without notice.

Cave and other PADI specialty courses are available upon request.

Please give us a call or visit www.padi.com for all courses avaliable.