OPEN WATER DIVER
If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
- You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.
Short on time? The PADI Scuba Diver course might be right for you.
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
PADI Open Water Course Structure
To get your full PADI Open Water Diver certification, you have to enroll in a PADI Open Water course and complete three components.
The first part of the course is theoretical, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving from video or textbook followed by knowledge reviews, quizzes, and a final exam. There are a total of five chapters in the textbook which you must complete to finish the course.
PADI Open Water Course Textbook Chapters
The second step is to complete five confined water (pool) dives where you will practice and master new skills with your dive instructor. The third step is four open water dives including performing some important dive skills underwater.
Depending on how you choose to do your dive course, you can either complete all your classroom work before hitting the water or work through the course day by day completing knowledge reviews, confined pool dives, and open water dives the same day. It’s good to give yourself four days or more to complete your Open Water course.