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Professional Association of Diving Instructors

Open Water Diver Course

Who should take this course?

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.

What will you learn?

The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches you the basics of diving and how to stay safe through knowledge development and practical training. The course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles and theory of scuba diving.
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills in a pool or shallow, confined water.
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore the underwater environment!

Supporting Products:

PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. Ask how to get started TODAY!

You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver Touch™ (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package).

Age Requirement: 12 years old
Course Requirement: Able to swim; medically fit for diving
Time Commitment: Approximately 8-15 hours