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Scuba Explorers Camps & Events

Learning to scuba dive is not just for the young at heart! Our Scuba Explorers camps and experiences 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 Explorers Camp and then join in on the Advanced Explorers camps and experiences! 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 Explorers Camp or Junior Open Water Diver Class and Pool completion

Advanced Rangers Camps

Tuition: $300

Duration: 4 x 2-hour sessions

Prerequisites: Scuba Explorers 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 Explorers 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.

Course Descriptions:

Scuba Explorers Camps

Scuba Explorers 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.

Scuba Explorers Experiences

About once a month, we put together a special evening program for our Explorers. Each experience 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 Explorers program or completed at least the class and pool section of their Junior Open Water Diver course.

Explorer Experiences include:

  • Ecology Explorer - Many underwater creatures are waiting to be discovered by Explorers. The Ecology Explorer experiences introduce you to animals like sharks, mammals, coral reefs, fish, sea turtles, and many more.
  • Boat ExplorerMost dive sites are further away from shore than we can comfortably swim, even with fins and a snorkel. The Boat Explorer experience shows you how to use different types of boats to reach those locations, unlocking even more adventures.
  • Navigation ExplorerSometimes our underwater vision is limited by distance or the shape of the bottom. The Navigation Explorer experience shows you how to use both natural and compass navigation to safely explore the underwater world.
  • Night and Limited Visibility ExplorerThere is an entirely new underwater world just beyond the reach of the sun’s light. The Night and Limited Visibility Explorer experience shows you how to safely explore this hidden world, using new skills and equipment.
  • Photo and Video ExplorerThe best part of any adventure is sharing it with your friends and family. The Photo and Video Explorer experience will show you how to record your amazing experiences for everyone to enjoy when you get out of the water.
  • Rescue ExplorerSafety is one of the most important parts of any Explorer adventure. The Rescue Explorer experience introduces you to skills that will help you and your buddy if something goes wrong. It shows you how to put your own safety first and how to tell adults if there is a problem.
  • Underwater Communication ExplorerCommunication is an important part of being an Explorer. The Underwater Communication Explorer experience shows you some hand signals and communication techniques that will help you interact with your buddy or instructor.
  • Enriched Air Nitrox ExplorerScuba Explorers learn to dive using air, which is 21% oxygen. The Enriched Air Nitrox Explorer experience shows you how to use nitrox, which has more oxygen than air, creating new learning opportunities and scuba adventures.
  • Perfect Buoyancy ExplorerSkilled Explorers know how to move effortlessly through the water, protecting the fragile ecosystem beneath them. The Perfect Buoyancy Explorer experience shows you more effective ways to use your equipment and breathing techniques that will keep you floating safely above the bottom.
  • Search and Recovery ExplorerHave you ever lost something underwater, or seen something that does not belong there? The Search and Recovery Explorer experience shows you how to use search patterns to find lost objects, and basic recovery equipment to recover small objects.

Advanced Scuba explorer Camps

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

Scuba Scheduler

Scuba Explorers Schedule

Summer Camps
July 15-19, 12:30-3:30 pm
August 5-9, 12:30-3:30 pm

Fall Session
October 10, 17, 24, November 7, & 14, 5:45-8:15 p.m.

explorers and explorers experiences schedule

Underwater Photo and Video Explorers
August 12, 5-7 p.m.

Rescue Explorers
September 16, 5-7 p.m.

Enriched Air Nitrox Explorers
October 21, 5-7 p.m.

Night & Limited Visibility Explorers
December 14, 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!