Open Water Certification Dives

Open Water Certification Dives

Congratulations you are on course to complete your scuba certification!  By completing the classroom and pool training you are ready to move on to the open water certification dives.  Ask yourself do you feel comfortable and ready to move on to the next phase?  If you do not and want more pool training with a trained professional, all you need to do is ask.  Being prepared  and confident is the track for success.

Your open water training consists of two days of diving with an open water dive instructor.  Each day your instructor will take you on dives allowing you to put all the knowledge you have learned to the test.  You will be asked to prepare and execute a safe dive plan during your classes.  Your safety is paramount to us as well as having fun.   After successfully completing Parts 1 & 2, you will receive a certification card, or “C” card.  Your “C” card is your license to learn,  go diving, buy equipment and get air fills.

 2013 Schedule

June 1-2, 15-16, 29-30

July 13-14, 27-28

August 10-11, 24-25

September 14-15, 28-29

October 5-6, 19-20

November 2-3


Part 2: Becoming a Certified Diver

OW dives with Buckeye may be done in several ways:

  • Locally in Ohio over a weekend excursion
  • While on a dive trip with Buckeye (details available at Buckeye)
  • By referral to a facility of your choice. (Please share your plans with us so Buckeye may assist you with logistics)


Buckeye’s OW Ohio Program

  • Taught over a 2-day period:
    • 1 snorkel dive (day 1)
    • 2 scuba dives (day 1)
    • 2 scuba dives (day 2)
  • Generally 5-6 hours each day.
  • Begin at 10:00 a.m. each day.
  • Held rain or shine.

Reserve your space early to ensure rental equipment availability.   Full payment is required to guarantee your space in a class.

LocationBuckeye uses White Star Quarry  in Gibsonburg, Ohio just west of Fremont, OH.  A  short 2 hour drive west Cleveland, the quarry is conveniently located off the Ohio turnpike.

Accommodations:  Buckeye often hosts camp outs across the street from the quarry but can also provide hotel recommendations.  Commuting is also an option

Go to for directions, hotel info etc.

OW class fee:  OW class fees are $219.00 for both days with equipment rental.  Rental equipment includes: 6.5mm wetsuit, hood, 2 tanks, buoyancy compensator (BC), air delivery system, compass and weights.  If you purchase your Buckeye Dive System** (regulator, BC, dive computer and alternate air source) from Buckeye, OW class fees are only $110.00- an additional savings of $109.


Incidental Quarry Fees

  •  $16 for air fills ($8 per fill- 2 required)
  •  $30 entry fee to quarry ($15 per day)
  • Non diving family members are free!
  •  $15 per campsite per night (if camping)


Transporting your gear to OW: Gear transportation to the quarry is the responsibility of each student. Pick up reserved gear at Buckeye the day before class & return it by 6:00 p.m. the following Monday (or additional fees will apply.)

Buckeye provides students with the finest dive equipment. We appreciate the care you give to our gear so the next customer may enjoy the same.

For an enjoyable quarry experience, please bring the following items:


Mask Snorkel Boots/Fins
Gloves Wetsuit Tanks
Compass Hood Weights
Gauges Ground Cover Buoyancy Compensator (BC)
Chair Lunch Logbook
Air delivery system Timing Device Cash for Incidentals