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Scuba Rangers Camps & Events

Learning to scuba dive is not just for the young at heart! Our Scuba Rangers camps and events are designed for kids age 8-12 to experience scuba diving and all the exciting opportunities our underwater world has to offer. Your child can start out in our Scuba Rangers Camp and then join in on the Advanced Ranger camps and event nights! We have designed our program around your kids - small equipment, small class sizes, and a very fun and safe learning environment in our indoor heated pool!

Scuba Rangers Camps

Tuition: $400

Duration: 5 x 2.5-hour sessions

Prerequisites: Must be at least 8 years old and be able to swim independently.

Ranger Event Nights

Tuition: $75/person

Duration: 2 hours

Prerequisites: Scuba Rangers Camp or Junior Open Water Diver Class and Pool completion

Advanced Rangers Camps

Tuition: $300

Duration: 4 x 2-hour sessions

Prerequisites: Scuba Rangers Camp or Junior Open Water Diver Class and Pool completion

Minimum Age: 8 years old - recommended for kids up to 12 years old

Required Documents:

Courses Include:

  • Use of all necessary scuba equipment
  • Expert instruction by an SSI-certified instructor
  • Scuba Rangers Camps also include a graduation party with family and/or caregivers!

Please note: We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel your class and you are in compliance with our cancellation policy, we are able to issue a refund for the tuition portion of the course fee only.  All materials fees are non-refundable due to the nature of online learning.  BUT, you will forever have access to the SSI online educational materials you have purchased. These materials can be used at any time at any SSI facility to complete your certification at a later date.

Covid-19 Policy: In order to protect our customers and staff, for all in-water training, we require either proof of vaccination against covid-19, or a negative covid test taken within 24 hours of each pool session.

Course Descriptions:

Scuba Rangers Camps

Scuba Rangers is our introductory program for kids designed to accustom students to the equipment, skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to scuba dive comfortably in our pool, without the pressure of scuba certification. Participants learn about all of the skills necessary to be a scuba diver, but are not required to complete any skill they may not be comfortable with. This is the best course to introduce your child to scuba before they are old enough to get certified (must be 10 years or older to get certified as an Open Water Diver) and to introduce them to the underwater world.

The Scuba Rangers Camps are broken into five sessions, built around the learning style of kids:

Captain Kelp

Class 1 – Red Rangers: Students review swimming skills and learn how to snorkel with a mask, a snorkel and fins. Red Rangers also learn surface rescue skills like fin push and cramp removal as well as how to duck dive in snorkel gear.

Puffer Cartoon

Class 2 – White Rangers: This will be the first introduction to scuba! Students will learn about each piece of dive equipment and how to assemble their scuba unit properly. Once assembled, White Rangers will take their gear underwater and learn how to breathe on our 4-foot underwater ledge.

Spinner Dolphin Cartoon

Class 3 – Blue Rangers: During this second session in scuba gear, students will learn some of the most important scuba skills including regulator retrieval and clearing, mask clearing, air-sharing, and taking off and putting on their BCDs underwater. Blue Rangers will learn how to demonstrate neutral buoyancy through fin pivot, “buddha position,” and threading the obstacle course.

Hammerhead Cartoon

Class 4 – Silver Rangers: Once they have perfected their scuba skills, it is now time to learn about marine life and ocean activities in the classroom. In the pool, Silver Rangers practice their skills for graduation night where they will demonstrate the scuba expertise to instructors, family members, and friends.

Sargent Major

Class 5 – DEMO Rangers: Graduates will get to show off their skills to parents, other family members, and friends who can watch underwater on scuba (if participant is certified) or snorkeling gear. In the Denver Divers’ pool, your child will show you what he or she has learned and they will have an underwater graduation ceremony!

Make sure you stay for the party. This is a very fun graduation celebration!

Scuba Ranger Event Nights

Once a month, we put together a special evening program for our Rangers. Each evening varies on the content and activities that are available, with special theme events during holidays throughout the year. To be eligible to participate, kids must have graduated from a Scuba Rangers program or completed at least the class and pool section of their Junior Open Water Diver course.

Event night themes include:

  • Night Ranger - Join us for a special night dive in the pool! We equip all participants with a flashlight, turn the lights off, and learn all there is to know about night diving. We will go over how to use a flashlight safely, how to signal with a flashlight, and some fish ID skills for creatures that can only be found once the sun goes down.
  • Underwater Navigation - Underwater Navigation Night consists of fun games and courses for our Rangers to navigate, all the while building teamwork skills and having fun with other kids!
  • Environmental Conservation - The Environmental Ranger specialty teaches kids how to scuba dive without causing damage to the environment that we all love so much! Using fun underwater games, students practice neutral buoyancy and fin techniques to avoid touching anything underwater. They will also participate in activities to learn how they can protect the ocean from here in Colorado!
  • Marine Ecology - During this pool session, rangers play fun, educational games like Marine Bingo, Pin the Fin on the Fish, and more! Participants will learn about ocean science, while gaining even more comfort underwater.
  • Underwater Game Night Join us for a special underwater game night in the pool! Students get to play fun games like Spoons, Go Fish, relay races, and more!
  • Perfect Buoyancy - Perfect Buoyancy night consists of several fun buoyancy games for our Rangers to improve their buoyancy while having fun with other kids.
  • Rescue Ranger - Students learn simple rescue skills in the pool, such as how to assist a buddy underwater, how to assist a buddy on the surface, how to tow a tired diver, and more!
  • Search and Recovery Ranger - Search and Recovery night allows students to learn several underwater search patterns and search the pool for small objects. We will also teach them how to use a lift bag and have them practice using it to get weights to the surface.

Advanced Scuba Ranger Camps

If your child has completed an introductory Scuba Rangers program, or the class and pool portion of the Junior Open Water Diver certification, they are eligible to sign up for Advanced Scuba Rangers! During this four week course, they will complete four different Scuba Rangers Specialties, so your child can work toward their Advanced Scuba Rangers card.

Upon signing up for this course, you will receive an email with the specialties we are able to offer and have your child rank them in order from what they are most interested in, to what they are least interested in. Once we know what all of our students are interested in, we will tailor the program to fit their interests. Specialties included are chosen from the above Ranger Nights descriptions.

Scuba Scheduler

Scuba Rangers Schedule

Fall Session 2022
October 13, 20, 27, November 3 & 10, 5:45-8 p.m.

Spring Session 2023
March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
5:45-8:15 p.m.

Advanced Ranger/Event Nights Schedule

Underwater Halloween Party
Monday October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Night Diving
Thursday December 8, 6-8 p.m.

Advanced Scuba Explorers
January 26, February 2, 9 & 16, 6-8 p.m.

What's Next?

Junior Open Water Diver

Kids age 10-14 can become certified as a Junior Open Water Diver, and once they turn 15, your budding scuba enthusiast will now be a full Open Water Diver!