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Open Water Diver

Get Certified! Take a Scuba Lesson with the PADI Open Water Diver Course
Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it all starts.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water course consists of 3 main phases:
  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving.
  • Confined Water Dives (pool training) to learn basic scuba skills.
  • Open Water Dives (something other than a swimming pool) to review your skills and explore!
If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

Click here to download the 2023 Weekend class and pool training

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To enroll in the Open Water Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course
  • Be at least 10 years old
  • You must call The Dive Shop and reserve a spot in one of our classes
  • You need to put a deposit of $50.00 down when enrolling. This is refundable up to 6 days before the class start date.

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. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical or cooler waters.
Check with The Dive Shop about the gear you’ll use during this course. You can find most everything at The Dive Shop.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home – study materials for the Open Water Divers course. You will have two options at The Dive Shop, the book kit (includes divers manual, blue training log book, dive tables) and have access to the Open Water DVD. Also you have the choice of doing an eLearning option.
PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about the basic scuba skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventuress and to review what you learned.