Where Can I Learn to Dive in State College, Pennsylvania

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Currently we offer the PADI Open Water course at the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Welch Pool.  To meet your busy schedule we also offer Private Courses.  To find out when the next scheduled course begins in this area - Click Here or call us at 570-398-1458.  To register call CRPR at (814) 231-3071.

Who should take this course?

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 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.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

What will you learn?

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.

How can you start learning now?

You can start today by stopping at Sunken Treasure Scuba Center and enrolling in the PADI Open Water Diver course.

With PADI’s eLearning option – you can start learning right away. The PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. So you can get started now!

You could start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – the Open Water Diver TouchTM app or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video. Call Sunken Treasure Scuba Center to enroll in the course, get your materials and start your program today. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.

What scuba gear will you use?

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.

Check with Sunken Treasure Scuba Center about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Instructor.

Next Step

Breathing underwater for the first time is something you’ll never forget, so don’t wait.


Below is what we offered in 2017 - Posting 2018 as soon as the dates are set.
Remember we do offer Private Courses

2017 - DISCOVER SCUBA (Drop-in Class)

Have you ever wanted to try SCUBA? Here’s your chance! There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to; after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that - but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is!

The class will include instruction on safety, equipment selection and use, and time to experiment and play with underwater games and exploration. The biggest challenge instructors have with the Discover Scuba Diving program is coaxing students out when the class is over. The fun part? It’s all fun - try it for yourself and see! If you like it, you can also look at a full SCUBA course like the one listed below.

  • Date: Saturday, June 3
  • Time: 30 Minute classes: Beginning at 9:00 and 9:30 AM
  • Ages: 12 & older
  • Fee: $2 per person
  • Location: Welch Pool

2017 - SCUBA Program

This course teaches participants the skills necessary to become open water certified SCUBA divers. The course consists of 6 classes at the Welch Pool plus an additional four open water (non-pool) training dives that are required for certification. Additional information on certification dives will be provided during the classes. CRPR is pleased to partner with Sunken Treasure SCUBA Center to provide SCUBA opportunities in the Centre Region!

  • Date: June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21
  • Time: 6:30-9:30 PM
  • Ages: 12+
  • Fee: $230R / $345N includes Student Kit valued at $70 (text, dive log & electronic dive planner)
  • Location: Welch Pool
  • Program #13410

Note: participants must supply their own mask, fins, and snorkel before the 3rd class. More information and the opportunity to order/purchase these will be available on the first day of class. Items may cost up to an additional $200-$300. A medical waiver is required prior to participation. To register call CRPR at (814) 231-3071.