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BTSR will offer SCUBA Open Water Diver Certification for Scouts, Venturers and Leaders ages 14 and up. This will be a five-day course, conducted every afternoon at the beautiful San Solomon Springs at Balmorhea State Park. The course has been very popular and will now be offered during three weeks of camp.
Each participant will be required to complete the bookwork portion of the class before coming to camp. This takes approximately 8-10 hours to finish the 5 chapter online course. At the end of each chapter is a review of the materials that must be completed, printed, and brought to camp. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! At camp, the first SCUBA class will be a review of that material as well as a test that will complete the required classroom work.
The next 4 days you will complete the 5 confined water dives and 4 open water dives required for the diving certification. Remember, ALL participants must also fill out all of the Balmorhea and SCUBA forms found in the BTSR Leaders Guide. We will need adult leader assistance in shuttling the group to and from the state park, which is only 20 miles from camp.
At the end of the week, participants that complete all dives and requirements will have earned their open water diver certification! Also, the SCUBA merit badge will be earned by all youth participants. Be the first in your Troop to get this BRAND NEW merit badge!
The cost will include ALL food and base camp fees, ALL supplies needed for the course (dive gear, air, park fees) as well as instructor fees. You do not have to bring any masks, fins, wetsuits, air tanks, etc., unless you choose to bring your own personal supplies. You are not required to purchase any of your own equipment.
Once you pre-register and pay for the course, you will receive a training package that you will begin using before coming to camp, which requires completion of online training and brining the completion certificate. Also as part of the package, you will receive a 6-month subscription to Dive Training magazine, and your own personal dive log book.
PREREGISTRATION AND PREPAYMENT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THIS COURSE! OUR INSTRUCTORS HAVE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE HERE AND HAVE INFORMATION THAT YOU MUST RECEIVE BEFORE ARRIVING TO BTSR! THANK YOU!
Our instructors are certified by PADI, who recently signed a letter of support and is an official business affiliate of the BSA. They teach lessons throughout the year from their dive shop in Balmorhea, TX and know the park very well. Their expertise and experience will make for a great learning experience for all participants.
The dives for both SCUBA classes will take place at the largest, spring-fed, freshwater swimming pool in the United States! The San Solomon Springs swimming pool at Balmorhea State Park was constructed in 1934 and has been a hot spot for SCUBA enthusiasts from all over the state. The springs, which flow approximately 26 million gallons of pure artesian water per day are a constant 74 to 76 degrees year round! Visibility ranges from 80 to 100 feet, and the depths range from several feet to 26 feet in the deepest portion.
Underwater, you are able to clearly see the host of aquatic wildlife that calls the springs their home. You can catch glimpses of two endangered species, the Comanche Springs Pupfish and the Pecos Gambusia. Also for your viewing enjoyment, you can watch the antics of the soft shell water turtle, crayfish, Mexican Teteras, and large channel catfish. This facility is truly a SCUBA paradise and will make for a great adventure during your stay at BTSR!