Learn to Dive

Open Water Diver

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 consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

How can you start learning now?

Enroll in Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – and you can start learning right away. 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. When you arrive at the dive center you should have your completed eLearning form and you will be given a quick review to complete just to check the knowledge, particularly if it has been a while since you did the eLearning sections. By completing the theory with the eLearning, you can work at your own pace through a friendly, interactive service and not need to spend some of your vacation in a classroom.

What scuba gear will you use?

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 13 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills (be able to swim for 200m/yards and tread water for 10 minutes) and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

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.

Price  |  $650 per person and includes all equipment (does not include eLearning which must be purchased from PADI)

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PADI Scuba Diver

The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course and opens the door to the underwater world. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you, particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide as offered at most resorts. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification if that’s your ultimate goal.  This course requires less time than the full Open Water Course, covering only the first 3 sections of the knowledge development, the first 3 pool sessions and two of the four open water training dives resulting in a limited certification. To complete the full Open Water Course from Scuba diver only requires completing the sections of the Open Water Course not done during the scuba diver course.
 

PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
  • Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses. 

What will you learn?

All the basics of scuba diving through knowledge development, a set of scuba skills in the pool/confined open water that you’ll use again during the open water dives and an appreciation for the underwater world that will keep you coming back for more bottom time every chance you get!

During the course you will cover material and practice skills related to such topics as:

  • Buoyancy skills including comfortable ascents and descents, and breathing underwater.
  • Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy diving techniques.
  • Diving environments and aquatic life you are likely to encounter
  • Preventing common problems underwater

To enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be 13 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Price  |  $500 per person and includes all equipment (does not include eLearning which must be purchased from PADI)

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