No prerequisite experience required. This is the first course you take to become a certified diver.
The PADI Open Water Scuba Driver Course is for ages 15 Years and Older.
The PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Course ages 10 to 14 years old.
Depth Restrictions After Certification
PADI Open Water Scuba Divers are certified to dive to a maximum depth of 60 feet.
PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Divers from the age of 10 to 11
will be restricted to a maximum depth of 12m/40 feet and will need to be accompanied by parent/guardian or a PADI professional, such as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Instructor during all Scuba diving activities.
PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Divers from the age of 12 to 14
are qualified to dive only when accompanied by another certified scuba diver who is of legal age 18 years old. Maximum depth restriction for Junior Open Water divers 12 to 14 year olds is 18m/60 feet.
Junior Open Water divers may increase their depth to 21 m 70 feet by completing the Junior Advanced Open Water Diver Course.
Participants must be able to swim. You do not need to be Olympic swimmers. You just need to be comfortable in the water and pass a basic swim test.
Waivers and Liability Releases
all participants will need to have a completed set of liability releases signed and dated prior to any in water training.
Note: Participants under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian signatures as well. No exceptions.
The duration of the PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver Course is between 1 ½ and 2 ½ days depending on the style of academics you choose.
The course is performance-based so we do not like to rush we want to make sure everyone is safe and fully understands the skills of the day. So there is a start time but never a set finish time.
Required PADI Course Materials
You have a choice of academic materials for your course
The PADI Open Water Diver Crewpak.
The Open Water crewpak includes the PADI Open Water Diver manual, PADI logbook, RDP table with book And your student record folder. This package includes all the required materials for your course
PADI Open Water Diver Touch (Digital Certification Pak)
This Digital Certification Pak includes the Open Water Diver Touch, a digital version of the table and eRDPML, and eTraining Dive Log on ScubaEarth®.
The PADI Open Water Diver Touch is a tablet-based version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual available on Apple® iOS devices (such as the iPad®) and Android™ devices. It integrates the revised text, learning objectives and knowledge reviews from the revised PADI Open Water Diver course as well as clips from the PADI Open Water Diver Video.e
As per PADI standards each student is required to purchase from us their own PADI Open Water Crewpak (printed), or
Open Water Diver Touch (Digital Certification Pak)
Get Your PADI Open Water or Jr Open Water Scuba Diver Certification Today.
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 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. It’s really more like a 2 ½ day scuba diving adventure than a class.
The only difference between the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course and the PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Course are depth restrictions for Junior open water divers. For more information see depth restrictions.
What You Learn
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 3 main phases:
1. Knowledge Development ( Home study and classroom or online) to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
2. Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills.
3. Open Water Dives 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.
Once the student successfully completes all three components of theirtraining, they will have earned their PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Scuba Diver certification card that is good for life!
Traditional Academics included with your course
Once you sign up for your PADI Open Water SCUBA diver course. You will receive a confirmation email that will give you immediate access to the required PADI academic materials you will need to complete the home study portion of your class and get you ready for your academic session with your instructor.
Step One: You will start the home study portion of your PADI Open Water SCUBA diver course by watching the PADI Open Water SCUBA diver course videos. There are five sections to the PADI Open Water SCUBA diver course videos and you will need to watch them all to prepare you for your next step.
Step two: You will need to read all five chapters and complete all five knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter in your PADI Open Water SCUBA diver course manual to prepare you for your next step.
Step three: You will need to read and familiarize yourself with the PADI recreational dive planner to prepare you for your next step.
Step four: During your the classes scheduled classroom academic session. You will come into the shop and under the direct supervision of your PADI instructor begin with the PADI Open Water SCUBA diver course quiz and a review of your PADI recreational dive planner to prepare you for your final step.
Step five: Complete your PADI Open Water SCUBA diver course final exam with a score of 75% or better.
Students will receive their PADI Open Water crewpak on the first day of class or you may make arrangements to pick up your crewpak at any time. All students must have their own PADI Open Water crewpak for the course.
Optional PADI Online Academics
The PADI online academics program is great for students who are short on time. Bypass the classroom with the PADI online academics system. You will complete all of your academics in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.
Step one: Log onto the PADI online system and complete your online academics.
Step two: During the classes scheduled classroom academic session. You will come into the shop and under the direct supervision of your PADI instructor and take a quiz that will verify you have completed your online academics.
There are additional costs associated with the PADI online academic program. The cost is $179 per person and is not included in our standard or group courses.
Note: online academics is not available for ages 12 and under.
Confined Water Training Dives
You will need to complete 5 confined water training dives before moving on to the open water environment. Confined water training dive builds up skills that you have learned from the previous confined water dive. Confined water training dives can be Completed consecutively or over a few days.
The method we used to complete your confined water training will depend on Weather conditions and how much time you have to complete your PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course. Typical confined water training environments are pools, Lakes or beach.
Open Water Training Dives
There are 4 open water training dives that will need to be completed before you can become a Certified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver.
Dive One: Fun dive and reef exploration.
Dive Two: Skills demonstration, fun dive and reef exploration.
Dive Three: Skills demonstration, fun dive and reef exploration.
Dive Four: Skills demonstration, fun dive and reef exploration.Each open water dive is approximately 1 hour, air permitting.
Required SCUBA Gear
Stop do not go out and purchase SCUBA gear from a third-party for your class. This could be an expensive mistake. Most of our students who purchase equipment from a third party for our classes end up returning the equipment because it doesn’t fit properly or it just doesn’t work.
It is best to start out by renting your equipment. We rent all the SCUBA gear you will need for your class.
This includes the basic SCUBA gear Mask, Snorkel, Fins and major SCUBA gear BCD, Regulators and gauges, Tanks and Weights. (Personal gear Booties and thermal protection not included).
If you would like to purchase some or all of your SCUBA gear for your class. You should always purchase your SCUBA gear from the dive center where you do your training. Your SCUBA instructor is definitely more qualified and thay will make sure you select the proper SCUBA gear for your needs. Your instructor will also make sure your SCUBA gear is properly adjusted and ready for your class.
If you’re going to be a diver it is best to have your own personal and basic set of gear for fit and comfort. Items such as mask and snorkel, fins, booties and thermal protection are considered personal and basic items. Nobody beats our prices, Customer service or our equipment warranties guaranteed.
SCUBA Gear and Special Promotional Deals
Rental equipment is typically not included in any special promotional deals. Please read the fine print on all special deals to find out whether your rental equipment is included in your course.
Third-Party SCUBA Gear
New SCUBA diving gear always requires minor adjustments and a safety inspection before it is used. If you have purchased your SCUBA gear from a third-party either online or at another dive center to be use in any of our classes and it has a malfunction or requires adjustments during your class. You will have to pay to reschedule the portion of the class you missed due to your equipment malfunction and ship your equipment back to have it fixed. This is where it starts getting expensive.
We carry all the best gear at the best prices in store and online At scubadiveitgear.com for all your SCUBA diving adventures
Older Used Equipment
We do not accept equipment that is Out of service, unsafe or damaged to be used in any of our programs. Equipment must be serviced annually to be considered in service. If you have any questions on whether the equipment you have will be acceptable for this program, please contact us prior to class for a free equipment evaluation. We service and repair Scuba equipment. Safety First!
Course Schedule Options
Midweek Group Beach Dive Program
(Most Economical Slower Pace)
Tuesday Night 6 PM to 9 PM – Academics.
Wednesday 8 AM to 2 PM - Confined Water/Open Water Training Dives.
Thursday 8 AM to 2 PM - Open Water Training Dives/Course Completion
Weekender Group Beach Dive Program
(Best Scheduling Options Slower Pace)
Friday Night 6 PM to 9 PM – Academics.
Saturday 8 AM to 2 PM - Confined Water/Open Water Training Dives.
Sunday 8 AM to 2 PM - Open Water Training Dives/Course Completion.
Group Beach and Boat Dive Program
(Faster Pace for Experienced Divers or Open Water Referrals)
This program is best suited for individuals who have previous experience scuba diving or for students needing open water checkout dives only. This program provides two dives off the beach and two dives off the boat.
Makeup Training Dives (To reschedule a missed training dive)
Extend your bottom time with Enriched Air (Nitrox).
The PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) diver course will certify you to use Enriched Air (Nitrox) to stay down longer during your shallow water dives. Also by breathing a higher concentration of oxygen during your dive, you will come back feeling refreshed and ready for more diving.