Learning to Scuba Dive

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Learning to dive and becoming a SCUBA Diver can change your life. Diving offers you the chance to explore the three-fourths of our world that is underwater. Diving offers you the chance to experience the sensation of weightlessness. Diving offers the chance to meet interesting and unique people, like yourself, who have decided to enjoy the world of diving. Diving has many things to offer. The first step is learning to dive.

Learning to dive is safe and simple. But it does require very special training. In order to take the course you should be a reasonably comfortable swimmer with no major health problems. If you have questions about your health, just give us a call and we will send you a copy of the physical examination guidelines for diving. At Tiedemann's Diving Center we have devoted over 20 years to teaching diving. We have, through our programs, introduced over 10,000 people to the sport of SCUBA diving. Our commitment to teaching diving has meant ongoing improvements to make our courses the very best. The programs that we teach today include the most up-to-date materials and techniques. Our programs receive our full-time attention. We want only one thing, to teach the best possible SCUBA course.

Jeanne & Ed Tiedemann, and their instructional staff, teach SCUBA courses at Hofstra University, Adelphi University, CW Post College, Nassau Community College and SUNY @ Farmingdale. Our extensive programs are located all over Long Island and can have you diving in just a few short weeks. Our evening programs are listed in detail further on. Teaching diving is complex, but that does not mean that it can't be fun and most importantly safe. Here are the details of how our programs work.

Your initial SCUBA training is based on three parts... lectures, pool sessions, and open water dives. Lectures - with the guidance of an instructor, you will learn the facts that will make you a safe diver. Pool sessions - in the pool you will actually be using the equipment that make diving possible. Open Water Dives - On your open water experience you will have the chance to actually go diving and put all your new knowledge and skills to use.

Our pool/lectures are taught year-round at various schools and pools on Long Island. The courses are based on ten class meetings. Five are devoted to lectures and five to pool sessions. The class meets twice a week for five weeks. In lecture, we will be going over the facts that you need to know and understand to be a safe diver. The information is not difficult but you will need to prepare by reading the textbook for each lecture session. Each lecture session will include a section on what you are going to learn in the pool. In the pool sessions, you will learn how to set up and use the equipment that make breathing underwater possible. All the equipment for the course can be supplied.

It is not necessary to purchase any equipment!
We supply everything you need!

This equipment includes; mask, fins, snorkel, wet suit, weight belt, weights, tank, primary regulator, secondary regulator (nick-named the "octopus"), pressure gauge, depth gauge, buoyancy compensator (with tank inflation system), compass and equipment bag. Everything will be brought to class for you. This equipment is state-of-the-art and only used for one season.

Every fall we sell off all the rental gear from the previous season.  This means you will always be assured the best, highest quality equipment year after year.  No other shop can offer this.   When shopping around for a scuba course, ask how old their rental or class equipment is.  Every year we are proud to be offering the current Models of some of the best gear in the industry.   Here is what you can expect to be using in class or for rentals this diving season:

  • Mares Nikos Regulators
  • Seaquest Air Source Alternate
  • Suunto Triple Gauge Console
    (Pressure Gauge, Depth Gauge and Compass)
  • Aqua Lung Maverick Weight Integrated BC's
  • OMS LP Steel Cylinders
  • Atlan 7mm and Neosport 5mm Wetsuits
Rental Equipment

If taking a formal class does not fit into your busy schedule then think about private lessons. We offer Private Lessons in your pool or at one of ours. The instruction is based on one to one. With this type of attention you will need only three or four pool sessions. All the lectures can be done at the Center in Levittown, anytime we're open.

The third part of your SCUBA instruction is the best part - going diving. Here, we have a lot of flexibility. You can receive an "instructional referral" when you have finished your pool/lecture course. This would allow you to do your dives with another instructor (usually someplace with warm/clear water). Getting away on a great diving vacation is one of the great things about diving. At the Center we have a full service Dive Travel facility and can set up something just for you. The referral would be issued by us with the authority we have from the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) or SCUBA Schools International (SSI). We are proud members of all three organizations.

Does meeting new people and making new friends sound like what you are interested in then join us on one of our trips. We have been taking people all over the world for years. You can do your dives during one of our trips. Club Trips are run throughout the year to places like Bonaire, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, the Caymans and Florida.

One other option is to do your dives in our local area with us. The cost includes certification card, instruction and rental equipment for the whole weekend. The details, including dates, are found under Open Water Dives for Certification. After you complete your dives, you will receive a certification card which will allow you to dive. This is your license to the Underwater World.


We hope that you found the information about our programs informative. One last point we would like to leave you with. Our program is taught the way diving should be taught. There are no short cuts at Tiedemann's. As we have said, learning to dive is fun and simple but it takes time and effort. Some dive shops are more interested in you purchasing equipment than in teaching you to dive safely. This has lead to a serious problem in which the public is not getting the whole story. We hope this information will help you make the right decision.

As you think about becoming a diver, here are few facts that you might like to consider.

How long is the course? How long is each class session? A short course sounds nice but you are learning to use a life support system. You need the time to become comfortable with the equipment and being underwater. Do you want to be rushed to complete a lecture and then a pool session all in one evening? At Tiedemann's, our courses are a full 30 hours. Five three hour pool sessions (on one evening per week) and five three hour lecture sessions (on another evening per week).

How many students are there to each instructor? If you are part of a class with twenty students, how much attention are you going to receive? At Tiedemann's we have a maximum ratio of six divers to one instructor in the pool. During our open water training we have two dive teams, or four divers, to one instructor. Our Instructors are highly qualified with years of diving and teaching experience and often use assistants.

Are the "assistants" teaching the class? Becoming a certified SCUBA instructor takes time and experience. Some shop’s instructors are using "assistants" as if they are instructors and letting them teach the class. Besides being out of "standards" what kind of instruction are you going to get? At Tiedemann's we use "assistants" but only as assistants.

Buying equipment. Is the class one long sales pitch? If valuable lecture time is spent trying to sell you equipment, what happens to the material that you need to know to be a safe diver? At Tiedemann's you do not have to purchase ANY equipment to take the pool/lecture course. This gives you the chance to see how you like diving before you commit to equipment. When you are ready for your open water certification we do require everyone to have their own mask, fins, snorkel, boots and gloves (which you will receive a special student discount).

Space does not allow us to list everything but even little things like pool depth, rental equipment or transporting equipment can be important. At Tiedemann's we have the privilege of teaching at some of the best pool facilities in the country. All our pools allow you to get a full sensation of diving by being deep enough and large enough. All our rental equipment is replaced every year. You will be learning on state-of-the-art gear. All the equipment for class is at the pool (no matter which class you take) ready to go. The list goes on and on.

At Tiedemann's, we are committed to teaching the best course possible. Our programs (which date back to 1968 when we started at Hofstra University) give you the chance to enjoy diving from the start. Taking the time to learn to dive correctly will give you the skills and confidence that will let you enjoy everything that diving has to offer.