Florida Scuba Openwater
Ages 14 to 18, 10 Days
This course provides campers an opportunity to learn a lifelong skill, one that enables them to explore a whole new world, filled with amazing corals, fish, and marine life. Groups meet in Fort Lauderdale before departing for the sunny Florida Keys! This incredible island chain will be their home for the next 10 days as they explore this paradise, both above and below the water. Courses begin with SCUBA instruction near Big Pine Key utilizing the spectacular Looe Key Marine Sanctuary. Campers will be awestruck by the beauty and diversity of the coral reef as you are free to explore its amazing intricacies.
The FL SCUBA Openwater Certification course, taught by qualified instructors, will be adapted specifically for those with learning and attention issues. This ensures campers are given the best opportunity to succeed in this challenging and rewarding course. Campers receive personalized instruction and will be closely supervised during the open water dives. In order to earn a SCUBA certification, campers must learn to pay close attention to detail and will see first-hand a practical application of science. Campers will learn to regulate breathing, which is an important skill in emotional coping strategies. In addition, successful completion of this course will provide campers a huge sense of accomplishment and a life-long skill. To receive a PADI SCUBA Openwater Certification, campers must meet all three requirements of the course: Coursework to understand the basics of scuba diving, confined water dives, and open water dives.
The teams will also have opportunities for sea kayaking, tubing, snorkeling and a visit to historic Key West during this adventure. Campers will also get to go deep sea fishing on our 21-ft boat, where they may even catch their dinner! The journey wraps up with end-of-course celebrations, where campers will reflect on their new friendships, new skills, and their new found confidence in themselves.
Unsure if your camper is ready for a SCUBA course? Keep in mind that SCUBA certification courses are rigorous, and include a lot of coursework and applied science. We are grateful to work with SCUBA instructors who understand the needs of our campers and can help with some accommodations our campers may require. However this course is not for everyone. In addition to the academic requirements, there are also medical regulations to consider. PADI rules prohibit those with asthma, heart conditions, or other specific medical factors from becoming certified. Please read through the SCUBA PADI Required Forms to see if this course is right for you.
My Camp Experience
“My son received a level of love, care, growth and encouragement from his counselors – and a sense of comradeship with his cabin mates unparalleled to any other camps/teams/classes of which he has been a part. He is still maintaining (most) aspects of behavioral maturity he developed while at camp. He is better with his communication and has more self-confidence. At SOAR he was surrounded by others with those struggles/feelings similar to his own. He was able to have great adventures and positively work on himself, encourage and be encouraged by others, and develop skills that will strengthen him for a life time. And for these young ones, the whole world is before them!”