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The PADI Open Water Diver course

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development - (online or in a classroom) to understand basics of dive theory
  • Confined Water Dives - master the required scuba skills for open water
  • Open Water Certification Dives - bring your newly mastered skills to a real diving environment while exploring!

Open Water Diver course flow

Part 1: Knowledge Development

Learn the facts, principles and concepts needed for diving. You can complete much of the “classroom” work of the Open Water Diver course at your own pace — anytime, anywhere. Choose one of the options below:

  • ONLINE: Login to PADI’s eLearning on your device explore several modules with reading and short videos, followed by quizzes and the final exam. Have a question? Ask us online or set up a time to meet with an instructor.
  • BOOK & DVD: Pick up the course manual and a DVD to read and watch at your own pace. Once you have completed the knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter in the manual, we will schedule a time for you to meet one-on-one with an instructor to go over the knowledge reviews, ask questions, and take a few quizzes and a final exam.

 

Part 2: Confined Water Dives

In the pool, you will learn and master many different dive skills and techniques. The number and length of classes can vary based on your schedule and comfort level in the water, but our scheduled classes take one full weekend. You can choose from one of the three options below:

  • WEEKEND CLASSES: We will meet at the pool on a Saturday and Sunday. The regular weekend class usually has about 10 students plus several instructional staff.
  • SEMI-PRIVATE CLASSES: Prefer to go at your own pace? Join our semi-private classes with no more than 2 students per instructor, meeting at the same time as our regular weekend classes. Great for kids or folks who want more time to practice.
  • PRIVATE CLASSES: Learn one-on-one with an instructor at the times that work best for you. If you have a pool, we can even come to you! (We usually need a couple of weeks notice to schedule private classes.)

Check out the upcoming pool classes below.

 

Part 3: Open Water Certification Dives

This final portion of the certification includes four dives in an open water setting (such as a scuba park or ocean) and is done over the course of at least two days. In these four dives, you will demonstrate mastery of the skills learned in the pool in an open water setting. You can choose from one of the three options below:

  • Local Diving Weekend: Join us for a weekend of diving at a local scuba park. We run these certification weekends at least once each month year-round. Stay close to home while seeing the local underwater sites and meeting some new dive buddies. See upcoming scuba park trips below.
  • Blue Planet Adventure: You can complete your certification dives during one of our trips to amazing destinations both near and far.
  • Referral: If you already have a trip planned, you can complete your open water dives with another PADI shop at your destination. We can provide all of your referral paperwork so you will be ready to complete your open water certification. Be sure to email your request once you have completed the first two parts of the class so we know to send you the paperwork!

 

Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older (ages 10-14 can earn the Junior Open Water Diver certification)
  • Complete the required paperwork


Open Water Diver student at the lakeThe Fun Part

The fun part about this course is...well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.


The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer and standard accessories. You will need to bring your own swimsuit, towel, mask, fins, snorkel and dive booties. We'll provide everything else.


Course Cost

New Diver Orientation: Free! (You will need to attend a New Diver Orientation sometime before your class meets. These are every Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the shop. Please RSVP in advance.)

Knowledge Development: $195 (includes PADI eLearning with logbook OR book and DVD with logbook)

Pool Sessions: (include use of rental gear including BCD, regulators, dive computer, wetsuit, cylinder, weights)

  • Group weekend class: $300
  • Semi-private weekend class: $400
  • Private class: $500

Open Water Certification Dives: 

  • Local certification weekend: $300 (includes use of same rental gear as pool sessions; does not include entry fees to the scuba park, transportation, overnight accommodations or meals)
  • Blue Planet trip: varies
  • Referral: no charge

 

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