Diving Courses



Dive Certification & Training

The Fort Young Dive operation is a PADI Dive Center that accepts Universal Referrals, as well as a DAN business member. Have a look at the diving courses below to find the course that’s right for your preference and skill level. Our well-trained staff is happy to train you in one of these specialties or take you to the next step in your PADI dive career.

Courses

Whether you wish to discover scuba diving for the very first time, become a certified diver or extend your education, Fort Young Dive’s professional dive instructors have the perfect course for you. Dominica’s marine environment—with little to no current, great visibility and shallow reef drop-offs—makes the island an ideal place for any level of student to learn or improve their diving skills.

The following applies to all dive courses:

  • All prices are quoted in $USD
  • All prices include 10% tax
  • A Soufriere Scott’s Head Marine Reserve fee of $2.00 per person per tank will be added to all rates, payable on the island
  • Course prices are per person and may be subject to change until deposited
  • All students must complete a PADI Medical Waiver certifying they are healthy enough to dive
  • No service charges have been added to the course prices
  • Gratuities to your dive instructor for good service are greatly appreciated

 

Discover Scuba Diving

Non-certified try dive or resort course program

If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, our Discover Scuba Diving courses are for you. PADI dive shops offer this program either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

During the course, you will learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of your PADI instructor. You will go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and learn how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear. Then you will make your first open water dive, where you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water and slowly make your way, if comfortable, to a maximum depth of 40 feet.

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 as with all diving courses, you need to be in reasonable physical health. There is a two person minimum required for all Discover Scuba Diving courses.

 

2-Tank Boat Dive – $179.00

After learning the basic safety guidelines and skills, you and your instructor will join the certified divers on the morning dive boat. After making your first dive with your instructor, you will have a one-hour surface interval to relax and discuss your experience before jumping in again for a second dive. If you enjoyed the experience, you can take additional dives the second day for $147.00.

1-Tank Shore Dive – $79.00

If boats aren’t exactly your thing, we also offer the option for a Discover Scuba Diving with 1-tank shore dive for $79 or with 2-tank shore dive for $84.00. These dives are conducted directly off the dive dock at Fort Young Dive.

Course prices include:

  • Instruction
  • Dives as described above
  • Dive equipment for the duration of the course
  • 10% tax
  • A $2.00 per person per tank marine park fee will be added to the boat diving options only

Scuba Diving

Open Water Certification Options

The Open Water Diver course/Junior Open Water Diver course is the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world. It provides you with an understanding of the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and underwater techniques.

Taking the Open Water Diver Course is the first step in becoming a certified, recreational diver and Fort Young Dive offers you 3 different options to get you there. Which option is right for you generally depends on how you prefer to learn. No matter which option you select, all PADI Open Water Diver courses consist of four main phases:

  • Academics: Knowledge development to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
  • Equipment: Learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank
  • Confined (Shallow) Water Training: When you’re fitted with your scuba equipment, you can begin your confined water training. Your instructor will put into practice the techniques you learned in the academics program. Your training dives will be logged and approved by your instructor before you move on to open water
  • Open Water Dives: Get ready to experience everything you’ve learned with the freedom of open water. As soon as your four open water training dives are approved by your instructor you will be a certified diver

 

Open Water Diver E-Learning Course: $315.00

Includes the padi e-Learning program cost

PADI Open Water Diver Online or e-Learning allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. If you are more of a tablet user, you can also start learning with PADI’s Open Water Diver Touch that integrates the PADI Open Water Diver Manual with the PADI Open Water Diver Video into a powerful, tablet-based learning experience.

With both eLearning and the Touch, you’ll have completed the following prior to arriving in Dominica:

  • Learned diving facts, principles and safety concepts in preparation for your confined and open water dives
  • Watched video clips that show you the world of scuba diving
  • Taken simple quizzes to make sure you understand the material as you progress

Once on the island, you’ll be ready for water work as soon as you arrive. The confined shallow water sessions take from ½ to 1 day to complete. Your open water training dives will have you on the dive boats the next two mornings during which you’ll master skills and practice diving on our beautiful reefs with your instructor. Allow 3 days for this course.

The course price includes:

  • 5 confined water dives
  • 2 days of 2-tank open water boat dives
  • Dive equipment for the duration of the course
  • 10% tax
  • PADI Open Water Diver certification card fee
  • A $2.00 per person per tank marine park fee will be added for the boat dives
  • The PADI e-Learning program is not included and must be purchased directly from PADI – purchase now!)

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

Open Water Diver Referral – $263.00

If you have a dive shop near where you live, beginning your certification with them is a great way to start. With this option, you get a chance to meet not only your local dive retailer but other students who may become future dive buddies. Your local instructor will work with you to complete your academics and confined water course, then furnish you with a Referral document attesting to the fact you have satisfactorily completed this work. Then when you arrive in Dominica, you need only do your 4 open water dives to complete your certification dives. Allow 2 days for this course.

The course price includes:

  • 2 days of 2-tank open water boat dives
  • Dive equipment for the duration of the course
  • 10% tax
  • PADI Open Water Diver certification card fee
  • A $2.00 per person per tank marine park fee will be added for the boat dives
  • Academics and confined water training are not included in the course price.

Full Open Water Certification Course – $488.00

Some people prefer the continuity of starting and ending their course in one place with one instructor. If this appeals to you, you have the option to take the entire course once on island. With this option, you will complete your academics during lectures with our instructor and through independent reading. You will then move on to complete your confined water course, followed by your 4 open water dives. Allow 3 – 4 days for this course.

The course price includes:

  • All academic course materials
  • 2 days of 2-tank open water boat dives
  • Dive equipment for the duration of the course
  • 10% tax
  • PADI Open Water Diver certification card fee
  • A $2.00 per person per tank marine park fee will be added for the boat dives

Refresh Scuba Review – $63.00

If you are a certified diver who has not been in the water for an extended period of time, a scuba review will provide you with the confidence you need to get safely back to diving. Your instructor will do a verbal review of important concepts followed by a confined water skill refresher and short shore dive directly off the Fort Young Dive dock. Allow 1/2 day for this course.

The course price includes:

  • Instruction
  • Confined water skill review
  • Dive equipment
  • 10% tax

Advanced Open Water Diver & Junior Advanced Open Water Diver

for PADI E-Learning Students

You don’t have to be “advanced” to take this course – it is the course itself that advances 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. To get the most out of the class we recommend PADI e-Learning. This way you’ve finished the self-study and can complete the required instructor briefing with limited to no classroom time, getting instead on-boat and in-water briefings.

Requirements: To enroll in the course you must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

4 Boat Dives Plus 1 Shore Dive – $315.00

Plus the PADI e-Learning program costs – purchase now

  • 2 days of 2-tank open water boat dives
  • 1 shore dive for Navigation
  • 10% tax
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or Junior Advanced Open Water Diver) certification card fee
  • A $2.00 per person per tank marine park fee will be added for the boat dives
  • The PADI eLearning program is not included and must be purchased directly from PADI – purchase now!)

Nitrox E-Learning Completion: $63.00

Includes 1 hour to complete practical portion, PADI Enriched Air Diver certification card fee. Does not include boat dives.

Terms and conditions:
Snorkeling requires a $2 marine park fee per trip. VAT not included in prices listed. Diving activities VAT = 10%, all other activities 15%.

 

A La Carte Dive Prices

Tour Price
1-Tank AM Boat Dive (divers stay on the boat for the duration of the 2-tank trip) $68
2-Tank AM Boat Dive $95
1-Tank PM Boat Dive (min 8 pax) $58
2-Tank PM Boat Dive (min 6 pax) $95
Night Dive, 1-Tank Boat Dive (min 8 pax) $63
Guided Shore Dive $60
Private Divemaster (accompanying a Diver) $73
Nitrox Upgrade 1-tank $10
Nitrox Upgrade 2-tank $20
Nitrox Upgrade Weekly $99
Guided Boat Snorkel $32
Boat Rider (non-Diver or non-Snorkeler) $35.20
3 days, 2-tank boat dive package (5 dives) $263
3 days, 2-tank boat dive package (8 dives) $336
5 days, 2-tank boat dive package $399

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