Scuba diving is an avocation and hobby that is very community-oriented and team-centered.  It is an adventurous activity that embraces nature and fosters in its participants a sense of responsibility for our environment and one’s fellow scuba divers.

           This semester, FUMA and Dive Connections are offering the entry level PADI Open Water Diver as well as advanced and leadership level programs. Here is the schedule:

Winter 2021

      Assembly & Registration
3/12 Friday 3-5pm 3-5pm
3/13-14 Sat & Sun 1-4pm Pool Training
3/19 Friday 3-5pm Academics
3/20-21 Sat & Sun 1-4pm Pool Training
3/26 Friday 3-5pm Academics
3/27-28 Sat & Sun 1-4pm Pool Training
4/24-25 Sat & Sun 8am - 5pm Weekend of Diving at Lake Phoenix

Final certification dives will be done at Lake Phoenix located in Rawlings, Virginia.

The cost of the programs include all instruction and classroom materials, certification fees, use of scuba equipment for pool and open water training and two days of diving at Lake Phoenix Scuba Park with use of a cabin. Students will need to provide their own mask, snorkel, booties and fins. If they do not already own this personal gear, Dive Connections has a Personal Gear Package for as low as $239. The recommended package is $299 with tax included.

PADI Open Water Diver * $875
PADI Advanced Open Water $675
PADI Specialties Series $675
PADI Rescue Diver   $875

* = Qualifies for BSA SCUBA Merit Badge

To Register - Three Steps - and call Dive Connections at 434-964-9200 if you have any questions.

(1) Complete the Registration Forms  - To register for the class, please download the Scuba Class Enrollment Set which contains and explanation of the program for your records, registration data, releases and a medical statement.  Also please go online and complete the Lake Phoenix Release which is for the dive site operator..  Print, complete and most importantly sign all the forms.  Then scan and email them back to Dive Connections,

(2) Arrange Personal Scuba Gear - Every diver needs certain Personal Gear for comfort and fit; a mask, snorkel, fins and booties. You just can't go diving without it.   If your cadet already has these items, Great!  If not, our provider, Dive Connections, will provide a quality gear package that will suit the rigors of diving at a reasonable price. Upgrades are available. Here is a link to the Personal Gear Package.

(3) Make Payment - You easily complete payment using our online cart above or you can send a check to Dive Connections at the address below or you can call Dive Connections at 434-964-9200 and make payment via credit card over the telephone.


1754 Timberwood Blvd
 Charlottesville, VA  22911