Minnesota School of Diving Inc.

Since 1959







Providing Quality Scuba Education Since 1959

While our offer of "free lessons with the purchase of tanks" expired in 1959, MSD continues to provide quality scuba education. Originally issuing "Brainerd Skindiving Supply" diver certification cards, MSD joined with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) in 1966 - the year of their inception. PADI now certifies 70% of divers world-wide. Incidentally, MSD founder Bill Matthies with PADI instructor number 79, is the lowest numbered instructor still actively teaching. We have a very experienced and passionate staff of eight instructors and ten dive masters that look forward to helping you achieve your instructional and recreational goals. For your convenience many of the knowledge development portions of the following dive certification courses are offered in a traditional group classroom environment or online. Because of our nearness to the incredible diving opportunities provided by the Cuyuna State Recreational Area, MSD also offers a scuba referral program for those that may have taken their classroom and pool elsewhere.

PADI Discover Scuba


Discover Scuba is your chance to give scuba diving a try with little investment in time or money. After a short briefing in the classroom, this one session introduction allows for an hours worth of pool time using scuba - plenty of time to see how exciting the underwater world can be. The entire $35 class fee can be applied toward an Open Water Certification course in the future. This is also a great opportunity for divers to introduce their non-diving friends to this incredible experience.

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PADI Open Water Diver

Certification Course

The Open Water Diver course is for those interested in recreational scuba diving. The course content covers all the basic dive skills and information needed to safely visit the underwater world, it also serves as a prerequisite to more advanced levels of training. There are three parts to the training; knowledge development (whether in the classroom, online or tablet based), pool skills development, and four open water dives. Upon completion, you will receive a PADI Open Water Diver certification which is recognized world-wide.

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PADI Open Water 

Referral Certification Dives

"Do your training dives in the incredible Cuyuna Mines"


For those who may have taken their classroom and pool sessions elsewhere, we offer an open water training scuba referral program. Our price of $125.00 would include the two separate days of dives and the cost of the PADI certification card. Scuba referral divers would be responsible for any rental equipment charges - although we only charge for a one day rental which will cover both days of the training dives.

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Already certified? MSD offers an extensive selection of continuing scuba education courses - you can select one by clicking on it from the "classes" drop-down menu above.