Open Water Diver
Minimum Age: 15 (10–14 for Junior Open Water Diver)
Equipment: All equipment will be provided during training
Duration: Pool session: 4–5 hours / Open Water Dives: 4 (2 full days)
Experienced divers will tell you there is nothing better than diving—to submerge and see new creatures for the first time, to identify marine species few have seen before, to experience weightlessness and share experiences with friends. Diving adds purpose to your travel and can bring new wonders and adventure to a vacation. It can involve the whole family, a group of friends or the members of a club and perhaps for some, will become more than just a pastime.
Why PADI Open Water?
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy, independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with us to see how credit from these courses may apply to the Open Water program.
What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit and comfortable in the water, can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available. If you are unsure of whether you meet the medical requirements for scuba diving, then request the PADI Medical Release. If you answer yes to any of the questions on page 1, then you will need to bring a medical form from your doctor.
What will I do?
Throughout the course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing 5 pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making 4 open water dives. The academic sections are mostly independent study-based, whereby you have the opportunity to take your Crew Pak away and return to the dive center, only to cover the knowledge review sections, thereby making it easier to fit into a very busy holiday and social life.
How long will it take?
PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable to you. Usually the confined and academic portions of the course are completed in a 2-day period but this can be extended to allow for unforeseen circumstances.
What will I need?
The following are all provided as part of your course:
• PADI Open Water Crew Pak
• PADI Open Water DVD
• Log Book
• Dive Equipment—There is no need to purchase any dive gear. You will be provided with all the gear necessary for
Where can I go from here?
We recommend you gain diving experience by participating in Continuing Education. The next level of training is the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox or the PADI Advanced Open Water course that can be taken immediately after completion of the Open Water Course and allows you to expand you knowledge and experience in different areas of diving.