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Welcome to the World of Diving

Why get certified?

Getting certified to scuba dive teaches you to explore an underwater world confidently and safely. There are many different encounters and enviroments to explore underwater and we want to give you the skillls and information to handle them. You will also be able to present your certification card to any dive shop and rent tanks and gear anywhere in the world. The certification is good for life so long as you maintain your skills.

Expanding your skills and continuing your education opens up more and more of the world for your diving opportunities. Alaska has plenty of amazing cold-water dives, wrecks, and reefs just waiting for you.

To get started you need what's called an Open Water Certification. This certification means that you are capable of diving independently with a buddy to a max depth of 60 feet. You've proven to an instructor that you have all the necessary skills for diving, including putting together your own gear and knowing how each part works, buoyancy control, safe entry and exit methods, and dive planning.

Open water certification = $900

  1. Book work through SSI = $300
    • Register online and please start homework before getting in the water
  2. Confined water dives (pool sessions) = $300
    • Minimum of 5-6 pool sessions
  3. Open water dives= $300
    • 4 dives with an instructor

Classes are student-paced and move as fast as you can pick up the skills presented. If some piece of training presents difficulty, there is no penalty for going slow and you can attend as many pool sessions as needed to get it right.

  • Includes all gear rental
  • Does not include Pool entrance fee, 6$ paid to pool on entry


The minimum age for certification is 10

The minimum age for pool classes is 8


Referral certification = $500

  • Book and pool training with Test The Waters
  • You are certified as a referral diver and have 6 months to dive with another shop somewhere warm and finish your open water training
  • We can direct you to other dive shops wherever you’re vacationing



Drysuit Special = 300$150$: 50% off with any other course

Alaska is cold and we train in drysuits. Since you have already done the required skills for a drysuit certification, add another Open water Dive and earn a specialty certification for half price.

Important note: You can not rent a drysuit outside class without a drysuit certification


Advanced Adventurer Open water certification = 400$

  • 24 dives and five specialties
  • Specialties must include, Night diving, Navigation, and Deep
  • The other 2 are your choice

Stress and Rescue = 400$

  • Minimum 3 pool sessions
  • Minimum 3 open water dives
  • CPR, AED, 1st Aide, O2 administration training
  • Beach Scenario training event

Other specialties

  • Altitude diving

  • Boat diving

  • Deep diving

  • Nitrox diving

  • Full face mask

  • Ice diving

  • Self-reliant

  • Navigation

  • Photo/Video

  • Search and recovery


Upcoming Classes

Scooter / DPV

Cost: $ 250

Do you want to dive for longer, explore further and cover a large area? The SSI Scooter/DPV Specialty program is the best course for you! Your legs can only take you so far, but with an underwater scooter or diver propulsion vehicle (DPV), you can enjoy easy diving every time. Start this specialty today!

Full Face Mask Diving

Cost: $ 300

If you're interested public safety diving, scientific diving, or venturing into extremely cold-water, then learning to dive with a full face mask is definitely for you. Because full face masks allow you to breathe from your nose, they are also beneficial for those who have difficulty using standard scuba masks. Diving with a full face mask offers a different experience and that alone may be reason to give it a try. You need to be a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old to enroll in the Full Face Mask Diver course.


  • Phone: (907) 490 4444
  • 1511 Richardson Hwy
    North Pole, ALASKA
  • Hours: Tues-Fri 12p - 6p
  •            Sat 12p-4p

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