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OPEN WATER DIVER
Who should take this course?
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.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 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.
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!
You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.
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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. Get started now!
You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Stop by your local PADI dive shop to enroll in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.
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.
Your Next Dive Adventure
As a certified scuba diver you’ve already experienced the thrill of exploring parts of the underwater world, but know there’s more to discover. Whether you’re looking for new dive adventures, to improve your scuba skills, or both at once, taking another PADI dive course will help you gain more confidence and meet more dive buddies.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
In the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, there’s a long list of scuba specialty dives to try. Fish identification, boat diving, altitude diving, drift diving, sidemount diving, search and recovery, wreck diving, plus about 12 more. You do five different dives all under the expert guidance of your PADI Instructor. No formal classroom session, just a lot of diving. Short on time? Try the PADI Adventure Diver course, a subset of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.
PADI Specialty Diver Courses
If you already know what type of specialty diving interests you – underwater photography, wreck diving, deep diving etc. – then sign up for that PADI Specialty Diver course. Specialty diver courses teach you the right way to have special dive adventures, so you don’t have to learn on your own. Who wants to night dive for the first time without a PADI Instructor by your side?
PADI Rescue Diver Course
Being more confident in the water is what every diver desires and the PADI Rescue Diver course will help you get there. It also teaches you to be a better buddy. During the course, you learn how to spot potential problems and quickly deal with them before they become big issues. You’ll be ready to rescue someone in an emergency, but you’ll also have the skills and awareness to prevent problems. For many, earning a PADI Rescue Diver certification is the start of a career in diving.
PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating
Be a diver that others look up to! If you have the passion and want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving, then make the Master Scuba Diver rating your goal. The Master Scuba Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training.
Divers must complete the PADI Open Water Diver course, followed by the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver , earn five PADI Specialty Diver certifications and have logged a minimum of 50 dives. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating! When you flash your Master Scuba Diver card, people know that you’ve spent time underwater in a variety of environments and had your share of dive adventures.