What You Learn
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
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.
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must
Be 10 years or older
The Fun Part
The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
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. Required for pool sessions is skin diving gear which includes wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins, booties, weight belt & weights.
The Learning Materials You Need
PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also chose a book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.
PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving 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 adventures and to review what you learned.
The openwater course runs over a two week period. It consists of 6 evenings in a classroom environment, a weekend of pool sessions and the qualifying weekend at an open water body. This can be inland or at the coast. This is to accommodate the people that work during the day. This ensures an easy pace and gives you time to get to know other people and the instructors and staff. It is lot more fun doing it in a group.
If you are short on time or budget, you can opt for the self study course on the PADI website and enroll for eLearning. Once you have completed the online course, you can do your practical waterwork with us. You can also first do a Scuba Diver Course. This covers the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. You can only dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres.