SCUBA Classes

  Get Your SCUBA Certification With Us!

 The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) is recognized around the world as one of the most respected SCUBA agencies due to their safety and instructional standards. At Panama City Dive Center, we are proud to be affiliated with and instruct through NAUI. Choosing your instructor is an important part of your diving journey. PCDC instructors are committed to “Dive Safety Through Education,” and are experienced in designing a course to fit each individual’s needs. 

Get started today with NAUI’s e-learning program, no matter where you are! Once enrolled, you begin the course. Following the e-learning, you meet with your instructor for “hands on” learning.


Open Water Diver


Begin your underwater exploration by enrolling in the NAUI Open Water Diver course. This is our entry-level certification course, where you learn fundamental knowledge and skills to dive safely.

During your NAUI Open Water Diver course, you will learn about modern diving equipment, diving sciences, responsible diving practices and the underwater environment. Diving skills will be presented and practiced first in the comfort and convenience of a confined water environment, move to open water for 2 dives and finally 2 dives from the boat to complete the course.

Getting started is easy! Individuals ages 10+ who are in good physical condition may enroll in a NAUI Open Water Diver course. Panama City Dive Center has NAUI Instructors that have been educating divers for over 30 years. Signing up for class is simple, while wetsuits and fun await!

Course Pricing:

Open Water Diver open course:                       $600.00

Open Water Diver private course:                    $800.00

Required equipment: mask, fins, snorkel and dive boots. All other equipment is provided by Panama City Dive Center.


Advanced Open Water Diver


Enroll in a NAUI Advanced Open Water Diver course to explore new dive sites and undertake exclusive activities under the supervision of an experienced NAUI Instructor. This course allows students to learn about specialties and diving activities of particular interest. Skills and confidence are built while experiencing the excitement of learning new things about the underwater world.

During training, students complete a minimum of six open water dives. Underwater navigation, night or low visibility diving and deep diving are three of the six dives, and the other three are decided upon based on individual preference and available options. Wreck diving, hunting and collecting, search and light salvage, exploration and underwater mapping, and underwater photography are some of the specialty areas for the student to choose from.

The NAUI Advanced Open Water Diver course is for certified divers who desire additional training or orientation to a variety of diving sites and conditions. Divers must be a minimum of 12 years of age , in good health and must be certified as a NAUI Open Water Diver or industry equivalent. Two dives from our boats is included in the course price.

Advanced Open Water Diver open course :                  $500.00


Enriched Air Nitrox


Do you want to extend your bottom time, lessen your surface interval, and maximize every dive? Become a NAUI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver! This course may be taught as a standalone program or may be combined with other training programs such as Open Water Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver.

During this course, the student will learn how to choose the proper blend of Nitrox for their dive profile, determine the maximum depth limits for their Nitrox mixture, analyze the breathing mixture, and plan and safely execute each dive. Following the exam, the diver can either qualify for a Nitrox recognition card or complete two dives with their instructor and receive their Nitrox Diver certification card. 

Nitrox Diver certification:                                                       $125.00

Open Water Diver/Nitrox Diver certification:                       $725.00

Advanced Open Water Diver/Nitrox certification                $625.00


Rescue Diver / Advanced SCUBA Rescue Diver


Learn how to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and emergencies with the NAUI SCUBA Rescue Diver Certification. The latest techniques are presented for assisting and transporting divers and performing surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat and shore based skin and SCUBA Divers. 

Advanced SCUBA Rescue Diver training moves the diver along the pathway to becoming a NAUI Leader as a Skin Diving Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Divemaster, or Instructor. Divers Alert Network’s Diving First Aid for Professionals is presented in this course. The course is comprised of information including emergency oxygen for SCUBA diving injuries, neurological assessment, first aid for hazardous marine life injuries and CPR plus bloodborne pathogens.

SCUBA Rescue Diver certification                                     $400.00

Advanced SCUBA Rescue Diver                                       $550.00

Divers Alert Network’s Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro) meets the 2020 consensus guidelines for resuscitation from the International Liaison Council on Resuscitation (ILCOR) as issued by its member organizations.


Expand Your Horizons Through Diving!

Additional certification courses are available at Panama City Dive Center.

These courses include:

 Numerous Specialty Certifications  Master SCUBA Diver Skin Diving Instructor 
 Assistant Instructor  Divemaster  Instructor

Technical diving courses are available in conjunction with Vortex Spring Dive Center. 

Call us at (850) 235-3390 for full details! We’ll help you attain your goals in the recreational or the leadership path you wish to pursue!



4823 Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Phone: (850) 235-3390