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Get Your PADI Scuba Certification


If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification at Desert Reef Outfitters with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.


Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. Your PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.



To enroll in the Open Water Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older. Students age 10 and 11 may be enrolled in a private class. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

How It Works


You will earn your Open Water Diver certification in 3 easy steps with self-study and just two weekends.


Student Scuba Divers Using PADI eLearning

Step 1 - eLearning


 What You'll Do:  

 Develop your scuba diving knowledge using PADI's eLearning   platform.

 When & Where:

 On your computer or mobile device when it's convenient for   you and at your own pace.

 It takes 8 to 15 hours in total. Complete before your   scheduled start date for Step 2.

 Step 1 Includes:

  • Open Water Diver eLearning course.

  • All knowledge development.

  • Introduction to equipment and skills.

  • Lifetime access to the Open Water Diver eLearning materials.

 To Get Started on Step 1:

 Stop by or call Desert Reef Outfitters at 
 to get started today!

Student Scuba Divers at Pool Training

Step 2 - Pool Training


 What You'll Do:

 Develop your core scuba diving skills and equipment handling   techniques. 

 When & Where:

 Conducted at COM Aquatics. This normally takes two evening to   complete. Dates are on calendar for up coming classes. 


 Step 2 Includes:

  • Scuba equipment orientation.

  • Scuba skills development and practice.

  • PADI Diver Logbook.

 To Get Started on Step 2 and Step 3:

 Stop by or call Desert Reef Outfitters at 
 to register for Step 2-Pool Training 
 and Step 3-Open Water Dives.

Student Scuba Divers at Open Water Dives

Step 3 - Open Water Dives


 What You'll Do:

 Apply your diving knowledge and skills while making four   open water dives.

 When & Where:

 Saturday and Sunday 

 The Scuba Ranch in Terrell, Texas or Balmorhea State Park

 Exact class times may vary due to class size, water   conditions, and weather.

 Step 3 Includes:

  • Open water dives with your instructor.

  • Gear rental 

  • Certification processing and certification card upon successful course completion.

 Not Included in Step 3:

  • Scuba Ranch admission ($20/day)

  • Scuba Ranch air tank fills ($10/each)

  • Wetsuit rental ($40)

  • Balmorhea admission ($7/day + $5/ day dive fee)

Course Pricing:

We have three course options: Basic, Deluxe, and Premium:


$700 for the complete certification. This price includes the PADI eLearning, Pool Sessions, and Lake Sessions.*


$780 covers the basic course and includes Peak Performance Buoyancy (fine tunes your weighting and teaches you proper weight placement, as well as how your lungs and gear configuration contribute to your buoyancy).*


$850 covers everything in the basic and deluxe packages plus includes Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox which gives you longer allowable bottom times and can reduce your overall nitrogen build-up when diving multiple dives in a day or multiple days in a row). *

**Students must have their own Scuba rated snorkeling gear.

Important Medical Form


All student divers are required to complete the Diver Medical Form. Read the form carefully and answer questions honestly. If you can answer "Yes" to question 3, 5, or 10, OR any question on page 2, then you are required to obtain a physician's release on this form, without restrictions, before participating in Step 2 - Pool Training.

Your Essential Personal Gear

For the best fit and maximum comfort, you will dive with your own essential personal gear including mask, snorkel, fins, boots, gloves and mesh bag during the course. You'll want to stop by during regular business hours to get professionally outfitted with your new essential personal gear prior to your equipment orientation session.

The Scuba Equipment You'll Use

You will use our fleet of modern diving equipment during your pool training and open water dives. This includes regulator, alternate air source, buoyancy control device, dive computer, weights and air tank. Don't worry if you don't know about all of these right now. You'll learn all about them during your course.

Referral Option

It's best to complete your training locally with us to maximize your vacation dives, but if you're close to your vacation departure or you need to complete your certification during the winter months, then a referral may be for Desert Reef Outfitters, then complete Step 3 - Open Water Dives at your vacation destination. Ask us if this option is right for you.

Private Training Option

Please stop by or call us if you would like us to custom tailor a private course. Pricing varies depending on your customized options.

Want to know more?

 Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers.


The Next Step

Now that you've learned how to dive and earned you're Open Water Diver certification, you'll want to explore what you can do and where you can go as a diver. Your next stop is the Adventure Diver course which will bring new aspects to your diving, such as diving at night or around shipwrecks.


If you have a particular interest that you'd like to take into the underwater world, such as photography, consider taking one of the many specialty diver courses that are now available to you. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by Desert Reef Outfitters, or give us a call for more details.

What can you expect to Learn and Gain?

  • Learn how to use entry level scuba diving equipment.
  • Gain entry level diving skills and knowledge for ocean diving.
  • Learn about the ocean and marine life.
  • Gain the ability to participate in more advanced scuba diving courses.


Because classes are a scheduled event they are non-refundable.


  • Ph: 432-556-9589
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  • Address:
  • 7601 W Industrial Ave., B5 
  • Midland, TX 79706
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