Scuba Class Instruction


Whether you want to try scuba diving for the first time, have always dreamed of becoming a scuba diver so you can breathe underwater and explore a whole new world or want to take your dive skills to the next level- we can help you achieve your goals.

We offer PADI instruction for Discover Scuba Diving (DSD), Jr. Open Water Certification, Open Water Certification, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver.

PADI is the world’s largest professional diving association. Its member instructors, assistant instructors, Divemasters and their dive stores maintain the highest industry standards for safety and professionalism. PADI members are dedicated to making recreational diving a fun, safe sport available to people with many different backgrounds.

PADI’s goal is to promote the training and education of the general public in the techniques of safely participating in underwater activities and the advancement of those activities. PADI has established standards for the training of students in skin and scuba diving and maintains high standards for the training and certification of divers.

PADI’s method of instruction is based on progressive training in the classroom, pool and open water. PADI’s entry level non scuba certification is Skin Diver. PADI’s entry level scuba certification is Open Water Diver. Increasingly more advanced certifications, including Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver, are offered for those who wish to enhance their diving skills.

At Scuba Shack you’ll find we keep within the goal’s of PADI and then some. Under the standards of PADI, a single Instructor can have a ratio of 6 students to 1 instructor. The ratio at Scuba Shack is 4 students to 1 instructor. We prefer to teach with small group size which provide personalized attention.. You’ll enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere set by our PADI Instructors.

The Courses Offered

Discover Scuba $145 + tax

Discover Scuba: If you want to try diving then Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) is for you. This is a quick and easy introduction to scuba diving where you learn safety guidelines and basic skills while under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor.

This is done on a 2 location boat trip to Molokini and the S. Maui Coast.

Students must be at least 10 years old and in good physical health

Rate is $145 + tax and includes the DD booklet, boat trip and the use of all gear.

Our DSD program starts when you come into our store to get s DSD booklet. You take the booklet home, read it and complete the required sections prior to going out on our boat, Double Scoop.

Our boat trip meets between 6:00 and 6:30 a,m. at the Kihei Boat Ramp. We’ll whisk you out to Molokini Crater where you’ll enjoy amazing snorkeling on the outer reefs of the interior of the crater for about an hour.

Then we’ll cruise back along the S. Maui Coast, generally in the Turtle Town area. You’ll gear up and go down the mooring line to complete a series of skills described in the DSD booklet.

Once this is done you’ll proceed on your 40 ft. dive to discover underwater wonders for about an hour ( depending on your air consumption). We return around 10:30 a.m.

Open Water Referral $275 + tax

Students who have completed all their academics and confined water skills can finish their certification with us in the warm clear waters of Maui.

  • The referral process is a two day program
  • Rate: $ 275.00 + Tax per student. Two dives from the beach and two dives from our boat to Molokini Crater.
  • Student must bring referral paperwork from his instructor.
  • All equipment, picture and certification card is included.

Our open water referral program includes the 4 open water dives including skills and is done over 2 days.

Open Water Referral Schedule – What to Expect

  • Day 1 – Two Beach Dives and Skills:  Meet us at the Scuba Shack dive shop at 7:30 a.m. Don’t forget to bring you open water referral paperwork/log book. After reviewing your paperwork, we’ll fit you with gear then you’ll drive to Ulua Beach in Wailea to meet your Instructor.  Day 1 will end around 1:00 p.m
  • Day 2  – Two Open Water dives:  Meet us at Kihei Boat Ramp between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. and get ready to board our boat, Double Scoop for your last 2 dives. The first dive is at Molokini and the second dive is along the S. Maui Coast, usually in the Turtle Town area. We’ll get you back to the Kihei Boat Ramp around 10:30 a.m. and then you are certified!

Open Water Diver (e-learning or book) – $325 – $425 + tax

The purpose of the Open Water Diver course is to provide students with the elemental knowledge and skills they need to safely gain experience in the diving environment and, ultimately, to dive independently. The course is performance based and designed to take students through simple to complex learning objectives.  Initial open water training phases are based on skill progression and on experience at gradually increasing depths. All included skills are designed to be logical, realistic and to apply to practical diving situations.

Students age 10 to 14 will receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification.  A Junior Open Water Diver is qualified to dive only when accompanied by another certified diver who is of legal age.

  • The Open Water Diver Course is a three (3) day program
  • Rate: $375.00 + Tax per student. Includes 3 beach dives and a 2 tank Boat Dive and all equipment.
  • Rate: $425.00 + Tax per student. Includes 3 beach dives, a 2 tank boat dives and  all equipment included


To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Diver, an individual must:

  • Be 10 years of age or older.
  • Must be in good Physical and Mental Health.
  • Must pass all written course quizzes, module exams and the final exam with a score of 75%.
  • Must complete a 200 yard surface swim and a 10 minute survival swim/float without using a mask, fins , snorkel, or any other swim aid.
  • Must complete confined water dives.
  • Must complete a minimum of 4 open water dives.

The PADI open water certification can be done either using a book for studying or on-line using the PADI e-learning system (need a link here).

Open Water Certification E-learning via the PADI website:

You’ll start by signing up for a class on the Padi website here. Once you’ve completed your course, print your e-learning summary and make sure you bring it with you when you come to Maui to finish the certification process!

Before arriving on the island give us a call so we can schedule the diving portion of the Open Water Certification process.

(See dive details below.)

$325.00 + tax 2-4 people
$375.00 + tax private

Open Water Diver with books:

Please call our shop to schedule this class. Once your class is scheduled we will ship you the books so you can do your studying prior to arrival on Maui.

(See dive details below.)

$375.00 + tax 2-4 people
$425.00 + tax private

Open Water Diver Schedule – What to Expect

  • Day 1 – Confined Water Dives and Skills:  You’ll meet us at the Scuba Shack dive shop at 7:30 a.m. We’ll fit you with gear then you’ll drive to Ulua Beach to meet your Instructor.  This day will end between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m
  • Day 2 – Two Beach Dives  and Skills:  Meet us at the Scuba Shack dive shop at 7:30 a.m., then return to Ulua Beach and do 2 beach dives and skills finishing around 1:00 p.m.
  • Day 3: – Two Open Water dives:  Today, you’ll meet us at Kihei Boat Ramp between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. and prepare to go out on our boat for your last 2 dives. The first dive is at Molokini and the second dive is along the S. Maui Coast you return to the Kihei Boat Ramp around 10:30 a.m. and then you are certified!

Advanced Open Water Diver $375 – $425 + tax

The PADI Advanced Open Water program provides the novice diver with a structured, well supervised means to gain additional experience. PADI Advanced training is vital to the success of any PADI continuing education program. The PADI Advanced program involves students in various underwater tasks that broaden their awareness of the environment and their capabilities as divers.

The Advanced Open Water Diver Course is a 2 day program

$325.00 + tax 2-4 people
$375.00 + tax private

Includes: books, use of equipment, 3 beach dives, a 2- tank boat dive and cert. card


The Advanced Open Water Diver course may be taken by certified PADI Open Water Divers, or individuals having an equivalent rating.

What to expect:

  • Day 1 – Meet at Scuba Shack at 7:30 a.m. Bring your completed student record file and proof of open water certification. After gearing up at the store you drive to Ulua Beach in Wailea to complete the navigation and two optional dive sections either peak performance buoyancy, naturalist, fish ID or digital photography. You finish around 2:00 p.m.
  • Day 2  – Meet between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. at the Kihei Boat Ramp. You will complete your deep dive at Molokini and then either boat, drift or wreck dive along the S. Maui Coast aboard “Double Scoop” -Scuba Shack’s 40 ft. jet boat. You will return to the Kihei Boat Ramp around 10:30 a.m.

Rescue Diver – $425 – $475 + tax

The PADI Rescue Diver course is an important and crucial step in expanding the diver’s knowledge and experience beyond a purely recreational level. This PADI Rescue diver rating is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership training, Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and Open Water Scuba Instructor. The course will be demanding, though realistic in its conduct, content and approach. Interaction, discussion, variety and flexibility will be stressed during skills training. Classroom instruction will stress the application of information to the particular needs of students and varying environments.

Through this course, you the student will come to appreciate and understand the importance such training has on the safety of others and on the diving industry as a whole. Although the course is designed to be enjoyable, the nature and context in such training must be taken quite serious. And as in training in similar fields of emergency care, the primary objective of this course is to prevent the need for use of rescue skills.!

The Rescue Diver Course is a five day program

$425.00 + tax 2-4 people
$475 + tax private

All equipment included.


To qualify for PADI Rescue Diver training, and individual must:

  1. Be 15 years of age or older.
  2. Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or an equivalent rating and be CPR and First aid certified. This prerequisite is primarily based on individual competency in various aspects of diving. This competency level within the PADI standard is defined by the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Therefore, the term equivalency as stated in this standard is defined as proof of certification beyond the entry level; and proof of a minimum 20 logged dives documenting experience in the following areas:
    • Night dives
    • Deep Dives
    • Advanced Navigation