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Scuba Certification

Get certified in beginning scuba diving or in one of our many specialty scuba courses.  Sarge's Dive Shop offers scuba training for divers of all levels of experience. We offer everything from introductory lessons for beginners to advanced diving, search & recovery diving, ERDI public safety dive training and NAUI scuba instructorships.  All of our instructors are certified with NAUI, SDI, ERDI, and TDI.  We have a combined experience in scuba and search & recovery diving of over 100 years!

Diving Season

Our diving season runs from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Monday.  Lake visibility varies with rainfall and temperatures.  An average summertime visibility of 20' to 40' is normal.  Surface temperatures during the summer range from 78 degrees to 85 degrees.  The depth of the lake varies down to a depth of 300+ feet.  Sarge's runs scuba & swimming charters, lake tours, and dinner cruises on Summersville Lake every day with advanced reservations.  See our "Services Page" for pricing.

ERDI  Public Safety Diver Training

Public safety diving requires specialized skills and training. At Sarge's Dive Shop, we offer a full range of courses for law enforcement and other organizations. Our ERDI (Emergency Response Diving International) courses include certifications in ERDI I & II Public Safety Diving, ERDI Tender, ERDI Drysuit, and ERDI Full Face Mask diving. All ERDI courses are approved and endorsed by Homeland Security and are OSHA and NFPA compliant. We also offer specialty ERDI classes such as:

Two Divers

  • ERDI U/W Crime Scene Investigation OPS
  • ERDI Ice Rescue/Surface OPS
  • ERDI Swift Water Rescue OPS
  • ERDI Heavy Salvage & Lifting OPS

Course Components

Each ERDI course has an "Awareness Level," "Operations Level," and a "Technician Level." Many of these courses offer the "Awareness Level" training with online e-learning, so you can work at your own pace. LET credits are available for law enforcement personnel who take our classes.


Class Schedule Weekend(s) Cost
NAUI / SDI Scuba Diver I June 9-11; 16-18 $600
NAUI / SDI Scuba Diver I July 7-9; 14-16 $600
Advanced Scuba July 28-30 $400
ERDI Drysuit & Full-Face Mask August 4-6 $600
ERDI I Public Safety Diver / ERDI Tender August 19-21, 26-28  $600 / $200
DAN Oxygen Provider

Call for Appointment

DAN Neurological Assessment Part of DAN Oxygen Class Call for Appointment Included in DAN O2 Price

Weekend Class Schedule

First Weekend - Friday 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
7:15 - 8:30
Pool (Veterans Memorial Pool)
Classroom (Wilderness VFD)
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Second Weekend - Friday 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Classroom (If Needed)
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Open Water Dives On Lake
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Open Water Dives On Lake