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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation fee for classes?

There is no cancellation fee nor refunds for any unused classes.  Depending on the availability of classes, rescheduling may be a better option to fit your schedule.  Here are the fees associated with some of our classes. 

  • Try Scuba Reschedule Fee $25 per student
  • Confined Water Reschedule Fee $75 per student
  • Open Water Weekend Reschedule Fee $75 per student
  • Advanced Open Water Reschedule Fee $165 per student

What is Personal Gear and why do I need it for my Scuba Course?
Personal gear is considered to be the following: Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Boots, Surface Marker Buoy.  Scuba gear is incredibly personal.  In order to have the best experience possible we suggest everyone use their Personal Gear. It is essential that your personal gear be fitted individually.  Contact the shop to set up a fitting today!

Why purchase gear at LDC instead of online? Will you match prices?

In the world of SCUBA, manufacturer's set the pricing.  We will match any online price from another authorized dealer for new equipment that is the same make and model year.

How does class scheduling work?
Since we do not have a pool onsite we rely on the good will of a variety of institutions for our pool time. As such we are at their mercy when it comes to scheduling and class schedules can change at the last minute with little notice to us. Of course, we will work with you when it comes meeting your schedule or any deadlines you may have coming up.

What do I need to have completed before I start my course?
You need to complete 100% of your E-Learning before your course start date.

What do I need to have completed before I can go to Final Openwater?
You will need to have completed the Confined Water training and eLearning including the Final Exam.

What are my options for the Final Openwater Dives?
Depending on the time of year you have a few different options. During the summer months we frequent Pennyroyal Scuba in Hopkinsville, KY. We also offer a Universal Referral which allows you to complete your Openwater dives at your vacation destination. Finally, we also offer long weekend trips to Florida which allow you to dive with us and complete your dives down south!

What is the procedure for Universal Referrals?
Once you have completed your eLearning program, we will issue you a Universal Referral. It takes about 20 minutes to get the paperwork together for a referral so please give us a call beforehand so that we can get it together for you. Once the referral is issued you have 30 days to complete it and return the paperwork to us. Once the paperwork is returned to us a card will be issued through Louisville Dive Center.

What about tipping?
Here at the Louisville Dive Center all of our Instructors are paid for teaching your course. So while tips are not necessary or expected they are very much appreciated. If you have a Divemaster or Training Assistant helping with your Course, in many cases, they are helping out for free in order to better themselves as divers and to gain experience on the road to becoming a Scuba Instructor themselves. If they did a good job and helped you out quite a bit a little tip is always appreciated. Helps to cover gas for them!

Where can I dive locally?

We are SO glad you asked!! LDC certifies their students at Penny Royal Scuba Park, Hopkinsville, KY - and Mermet Springs in Belknap, IL.  Falling Rock Park/LaGrange Quarry is no longer open to Scuba Divers.  Check out our meet up and dive events too!  It's a perfect opportunity to connect with other divers and experience diving without the international plane ticket!