Learn to Scuba Dive in the Boston and South Shore Area

Since You Were A Little Kid You've Always Wanted To Try It...
Now, discover all the adventure when you learn to dive with Don Ferris Dive Training.

Learning to scuba dive properly, is fundamental to your future enjoyment of the sport. Now that you've decided to learn one of the most fascinating sports in the world, you'll want the most experienced scuba instructors available. You know, ones who have taught hundreds and even thousands of people to dive, not somebody who just received their instructor certification and really don't know the waters and the exciting diving to be had in the Boston, South Shore area.

Now, it's possible to get P.A.D.I. scuba certified in your own home pool in the Boston, South Shore, Dedham, Canton, Westwood, Waltham, Watertown and Weston.


These Boston area, learn to scuba dive programs, are taught by P.A.D.I. Master Instructor, Kim Catlin. With 25 years of dive training experience, Kim has certified close to 2000 divers!. His hands-on, low key teaching style is perfect for those divers who want to really "learn" the sport, not just get some quicky certification.

Kim knows the Boston area scuba dive scene; things like where to dive, and when to dive. Wreck diving, scallop diving, lobster diving or just watching nudibranchs. Kim can gear the lessons to what interests you most. How Safe Is Scuba Diving?

Here's the way our scuba lessons work:
Step One - After choosing from a nighttime, daytime, weekend or executive learning schedule, you'll register for the workshop of your choice with a deposit. We will provide you with a choice of the P.A.D.I. textbook, or a DVD version is available for a nominal fee. You'll fill out a little bit of paperwork and then you can immediately start learning about diving. At this time we'd also like to fit you for your own personal mask, snorkel, boots and fins. (These are critical components of equipment that must fit properly to ensure your enjoyment of the sport. NEW* - Begin your class today On-line. Using P.A.D.I.'s new On-line system for academic training, you literally can start learning and by doing this at home (or work), you can speed up how long the class will atke and we can concentrate on the really critical thing - your water skills.

Step Two - Over a several day or night period, (or weekend) you'll be doing the classroom and swimming pool training. You'll be on scuba the very first night in the heated pool. You'll laugh a lot as you learn to dive. Most people think it's pretty easy with only a few stumbling blocks to overcome.

Step Three - Once you've completed your class and pool training your ready to hit the ocean. We'll guide you through four training dives at local sites. You'll get to experience all of the things you've been studying and training. Fish, lobsters, beautiful underwater scenery, you may even explore a real shipwreck!

Weekend Program:
Some people like to speed up the learning curve. Especially if you've had some previous diving and snorkeling experience our weekend program may be just perfect for you.
After receiving your book and video you'll home study and complete the knowledge reviews. Then you'll use swimming pool to learn and polish your diving skills.

The following weekend you'll get together with your instructor for 4 - ocean training dives. Before you know it you'll be receiving your P.A.D.I. Open Water Diver certification. The adventure of diving lies before you.


Executive Program:
People's work schedules are more demanding now than ever. That's why we designed our Executive program around your schedule - not the other way around. Here's the way it works: You'll get your textbook, DVD or On-line training (you choose). Complete the knowledge reviews and call and schedule with us for two class and pool evaluation sessions. These evaluations consist of a review of the course material, 4 quizzes, final exam, and skill development pool training. You'll work one on one with your instructor and quickly and easily master the necessary skills to become a safe competent diver.


After you've completed the sessions, you and your instructor will be going outdoors for your ocean training dives. After a few hours of fun and exercise you'll be smiling from ear to ear as you hold your certification card in hand.


Let me assure you, this is no diploma mill. You'll swim hard and study hard. You'll truly earn your certification and feel darn proud doing it! We guarantee you'll love every minute as the program challenges your body and your mind.


By the time your program is through, you'll have a wealth of knowledge that you will carry with you your entire diving career. Welcome to our world.

Tuition: $599. private lessons includes . . .

  • Video / Classroom sessions
  • Pool sessions
  • Four outdoor training dives
  • PADI Open Water certification card
  • Use New PADI On-Line System for additional $160.


Prerequisites: Enjoy the water, swim comfortably. No history of ear, asthma or heart trouble.

Equipment: We will do our best to supply you with everything else you will need to dive safely and comfortably. However, we can not always have every size of wetsuit or boots available (one guy had size 15 feet!). We suggest you have your own personal mask. snorkel, fins and booties, but you are very welcome to use ours during the course. We are not a scuba store and do not sell equipment, But there are a couple of dive shops close by and we suggest you work with them to ensure proper fit and comfort.

Frequently Asked Scuba Questions

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