214-B Beacon Drive

Winterville, NC 28590

(252) 439-4390


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If you've always been curious about the ocean, have an interest in marine life and ship wrecks, or would like some adventure in your life, then SCUBA diving is for you. Rum Runner's professional instructional staff emphasize quality instruction, safety, and customer satisfaction. Classes are limited to 6 divers per instructor to ensure personalized attention. Our interest is your competence as a safe, skilled diver. Our instructional staff is prepared to offer you the best instruction so that you can enjoy the underwater environment.

NAUI & SSI SCUBA Diver certification is the entry level certification to SCUBA diving. It prepares you to meet or exceed the industry standards for safe diving and enjoy the privileges of all basic certified divers. The course is divided into 3 sections: classroom/On-line instruction, pool, and open water. A typical class day will include home on-line study, classroom instruction followed by confined water (pool) instruction. Skills are learned and practiced in the pool, then demonstrated again during the openwater dives.

A typical SCUBA Diver/Open Water Diver will consist of 8 hours of classroom time, 12 hours of pool time. We want to make sure you are comfortable and competent with your skills before you go to the open water. At the conclusion of classroom/pool training, 4 open water dives and 1 skin dive are performed. During the summer and fall, open water dives are conducted at Fantasy Lake SCUBA Park in Rolesville, NC, Lake Phoenix (formerly Lake Rawlings) near Emporia, Va. or in the Atlantic Ocean on the wreck of the Indra. The Indra is a former US Navy landing craft repair ship that was sunk in 1992, 9 miles out from the Beaufort Inlet as a part of the North Carolina Artificial Reef Program. The ship is 320 ft. long, intact, and sits on its keel upright in about 65 feet of water and is ideal for new divers.

Course Requirements: - You must at least 10 years of age, be comfortable in the water, meet swimming skills standards, and have the willingness to learn and enjoy one of the most exciting and enjoyable sports around!

The following items are included in the cost of the course:

  • Pool fees
  • Lifeguard fees
  • Instructor fees
  • Instructional materials (call for details)
  • Testing materials
  • Gear rental (BC, regulator, tanks, gauges, weight belt and westuit)
  • Certification card

*** Each student is responsible for providing SCUBA appropriate:

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Weights
  • Dive table
  • Boots
  • Timing device

Check out dive fees are not included and are dependant on the location of the dives.

We DO NOT require the purchase of wetsuits, regulators, BC's, tanks or gauges at any time. Use of these equipment items are provided as part of the course. Rum Runner gives all students a 10% discount on dive gear purchased at the store during the duration of the course.

Our instructors reserve the right to inspect any gear a student wishes to use in class and reject equipment that would be unsafe in an openwater setting.

Class Schedule:

Contact Rum Runner Dive Shop:

or call 252-439-4390 to schedule your SCUBA Diver class!