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Black Hills Aquatic Adventures
A Full Service Scuba Diving Shop

"We will never sell you something you don't need"

Training - Overview and FAQs



Overview-Training is what we do!

Whether new to scuba diving or seeking additional challenges, we can teach you the skills that will keep you safe and help you enjoy this sport.

Senior Instructor: Jim Wallace has 30 + years as a teacher and instructor in various recreational and professional disciplines.

We offer classes with the following certification agencies:

  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)
  • Public Safety Diving Association and Water Rescue (PSDA&WR)
  • Divers Alert Network (DAN) nationally recognized Diving safety organization for the recreational and professional diver.
  • American Heart Association (AHA) for professional Care givers

NAUI's courses cover the full breadth of recreational scuba diving instruction, including specialties for professionals as well.

PSDA's courses focus on instruction for public safety divers, but also covers instruction for laypeople to help support a public safety diving experience.

DAN Courses The largest association of recreational scuba divers in the world, DAN is supported by membership dues and donations. DAN's mission is to help divers in need of medical emergency assistance and to promote dive safety through research,education, products and diving services.

DAN Dive Insurance while diving accidents in training are rare, all persons enrolled in a course at BHAA will automatically be covered, at no cost to the student,for any dive related accident while in training.

What do I need to do to get started?

Call or come in to sign up for a class - that's the first step! We have pre-scheduled dates for Refresher, Open Water and Advanced classes. For those classes, just figure out the dates that work best for you and check to make sure the class has openings. Please inquire about other courses at the dive shop.

What do I need to buy?

You will have to pay for the course and purchase mask, fins. booties and snorkel (unless you already have those) - that's it!

Purchasing your course includes the books, elearning access, class room, pool session(s) and open water (likely at Lake Pactola or Lake Oahe) in warm weather.

Do I need my own equipment?

Depending on the course, you need to supply your own mask, fins, booties, and snorkel and any other items specific to the course. Rental equipment is available for all courses (Wetsuit,hood, gloves, Regulator, Weights, Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), and Cylinders).

What if I have a medical issue or questions?

If you are currently under the care of a medical doctor, or have a pre-existing medical condition that requires permission from a physician, you will need to have a signed medical release form from your doctor before you can participate in any in-water activities. The dive shop will supply you with a medical form specific to diving.

Please call or come in to discuss further.

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Contact Info
  • Phone: (605) 791-1262
  • 402 E Fairmont Blvd, Ste B
  • Rapid City, SD
    57701
  • Email:
  • email@blackhillsaquaticadventures.com
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