Oceanblue Training: Learn To Dive the Oceanblue Way!
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Waterside Plaza Health Club
35 Waterside Plaza
New York, NY 10010
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Anyone who wants to learn to dive, up to eight per class.
Because diving rocks!
$599 (including course materials, certification cards, and gear while training. Open water dives are extra)
Oceanblue is a NAUI designated Pro Dive Training Center.
The Oceanblue Method - how we do dive training:
You'll notice that our course costs more than all the shops in town. There are reasons for that, and we strongly believe you get more for your money with us than with many shops, who basically take the easy way out by putting you through an eLearning class and then freezing you in two four hour pool sessions, or even a marathon eight-hour pool session. Not fun, and that's not scuba training to us. Our course is taught by real instructors who spend time with you in the classroom and pool to make sure you're ready to dive the ocean blue when you're done. Read on to get the who, what, how and why of what the Oceanblue Method is all about.
Our Training Philosophy 101:
At Oceanblue, we're all about safe diving. Oh, yes, and FUN. We believe that thorough training is absolutely vital to getting you off on the right foot (or fin, in this case!) and to having a positive SCUBA diving experience. We provide an education program that will help develop the knowledge and skills you need to help you become a competent, confident, and most of all, a safe and happy diver. And what's more, it's a very customized experience. Those that need extra help get it. Free of charge. We want you to love diving that much.
Training That Gets You Off on the Right Fin:
Ask yourself this question: Do I just want someone to hand me a certification card, or do I want to be trained to dive?
At Oceanblue we offer training, in-person, in class and in the pool by seasoned instructors to make sure that you're not just certified, but qualified. Sure, there are eLearning classes out there that you can do at home, and with a few clicks of the mouse, you're finished. Common sense tells us that any practical activity like learning to dive (or like flying a plane, as another example) is not best learned on a website. The chances are much greater if you go this route that you will not have a positive experience once you get in the ocean, which is why we do things the way we do. We want to maximize your experience, so you will love diving.
Training Divers vs. Baking Cookies:
At Oceanblue we train divers, because that's what we want you to become, a diver. Some places train divers the same way other people bake cookies, as if there's a recipe: step one, break the eggs; step two, mix in the flour; step three, add the milk. Last we checked, diving isn't baking, and as far as we know, you're not a cookie. Our customized approach ensures that you will get what you need as an individual to embark on the path to becoming the best diver you can be. It all starts with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills training, not a recipe.
There Are No Shortcuts Worth Taking:
There are some shops that offer abbreviated courses that you can complete in a couple of days. Quite frankly, we wonder how the people that offer those kinds of courses sleep at night, because there is no way you can be trained well that way, no matter what they tell you. We don't offer those kinds of courses, and we never will, and not only because we like to sleep (although we really do!). The fact is, that dive training takes time; not tons, but enough for you to be exposed to, understand, and most importantly, assimilate what you're learning. Ever cram for an exam? We all have. If you did, how much of what you learned by cramming did you actually retain beyond that exam? We're willing to bet not much.
At Oceanblue we feel the best way to learn and retain is over the course two to three weeks. This gives you the time to read, understand and think about what you're studying, as well as assimilate the skills that you learn in the pool. We could do it the other way, and it would be easier for us; we could earn the same money for less work but we won't, because the only one that gets shortchanged in that exchange is you. Oh yes, and we do love to sleep, it's true!
The "Experience" Factor:
A major part of dive training is learning from the experiences of others, so aside from the knowledge you will learn from your texts and videos, you will hear about real-world experiences of your instructor and others so you can learn from them, something you don't get in online course experience. You also can't ask an eLearning course questions, if you have them. We could offer it, but we don't, because experience tells us taking shortcuts leads to badly trained divers, and we won't put our name on your card unless we are sure you are ready to dive.
We're confident that once you take our course you'll be convinced too. You owe it to yourself to make sure you are properly trained for the activity you're about to undertake. While diving is amazingly fun, it's also serious business, so you want to learn right.
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Beyond Certification, Community Learning:
Completion of your basic training with us isn't where the learning ends. It's where it begins. Oceanblue is a club made up of members. The community is at the heart of who we are, and within that community is where the better part of the learning is done. Come on a trip, come to a happy hour, become part of the community and find all the knowledge and experience it has to offer. Beginner? No problem. We all started out the same way you did, and we know it takes awhile to get the hang of things, so the community is there to bring you along. That's what makes the "Oceanblue way" the different way. We think it's the better way, and we think you will too.
Our classroom sessions will cover the following subject areas:
- Skills overview
- Physics and Physiology
- Decompression and dive tables
- Diving environment and planning
- Lots more!
Pool Sessions will include skills development in the following areas:
- Breathing for SCUBA
- Gear fitting and selection
- Proper gear assembly and breakdown
- Regulator skills
- Weighting and buoyancy
- Rescue skills
- Lots more!
There are normally five class sessions in the course that consist of classroom and pool components plus an exam session. The following is the current schedule of courses (*please note, this schedule is subject to change). You will have an opportunity to choose which class you're signing up for upon registration.
The rest of our 2014 schedule will be posted shortly.
Wednesday, April 23, 6:15pm to 10:00pm (class 6:15 - 7:30, pool 7:30 - 9:45)
Monday April 28, 6:15pm to 10:00pm (class 6:15 - 7:30, pool 7:30 - 9:45)
Monday, May 5, 6:15pm to 10:00pm (class 6:15 - 7:30, pool 7:30 - 9:45)
Thursday, May 8, 6:15pm to 10:00pm (class 6:15 - 7:30, pool 7:30 - 9:45)
Wednesday May 14, 6:15pm to 10:00pm (class 6:15 - 7:30, pool 7:30 - 9:45)
Monday, May 19, 6:15pm to 10:00pm (class 6:15 - 7:30, pool 7:30 - 9:45)
Tuesday, May 20, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, exam
Gear: It is highly recommended that you purchase mask, fins, booties and snorkel, for approximately $200-$300 (depending on the models you choose). Gear makes and models will be reviewed in class. We have a gear partner that is providing top quality gear at unbeatable prices and we will have samples to fit you with and will order them to your color and size specifications.
Open water dives: These can be scheduled in a variety of ways, either at the quarry or on a trip. For more information, please email us.
IMPORTANT: You will be required to fill out a medical evaluation form and liability release waiver on the first day of class. Enrollment is conditional upon meeting all the physical requirements on the standard NAUI medical evaluation form. You can download the form below to make sure you meet the requirements. The actual form will be filled out in class (please do not need to fill this one out, it is for review purposes only). If you have questions about this form or medical questions related to diving, please call us at 212.729.4646.
This form does not need to be signed by a doctor unless it is determined that you have a contraindication to diving and your instructor requires a doctor's examination.
NAUI Medical Evaluation Form