PADI Open Water Diver
PADI Open Water Diver
Who should buy this course
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular scuba diving course in the world. It is your first step in Scuba diving. With a PADI Instructor you learn about the equipment andwill teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment.
By the end of the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home or abroad and be an ambassador for the underwater world.
Take This Course If You Want to
- Explore the other 70 percent of our planet
- Support ocean protection
- See things you've never seen before
- Learn from a scuba diving expert
- Carry the world's most recognized scuba certification
Learn How to
- Be a confident and skilled diver
- Assemble and use scuba gear
- Manage your buoyancy
- Respectfully approach marine life
- Handle common problems
How do I become a certified PADI open water diver.
First, you learn about scuba diving principles and terminology either offline or online. Then, you learn basic scuba skills in a swimming pool or a pool-like environment. You will be guided by a trained PADI Instructor throughout the process. Once you feel ready, you make four dives in an open water environment, which could be a lake or the ocean. Throughout every step of the way, your instructor will provide you with continuous support.
Fit scuba lessons into your busy schedule with ease using PADI eLearning. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever and wherever it's convenient for you. Study offline or online using a computer or mobile device, making it your course on your time. Whenever you have a question, you can connect with your instructor for guidance.
- eLearning time commitment: 5-10 hours
AT THE DIVE SHOP
To build your confidence in using scuba gear, you start by practicing in a pool or a pool-like environment until you feel comfortable. PADI training also includes "mini dives" that allow you to practice and develop your new skills further. Once you have gained confidence through these practice sessions, you will then embark on four dives in open water. This progression allows you to gradually build your abilities and ensure a smooth transition into the open water environment.
- Prerequisites: Able to swim; medically fit for diving
- Total time commitment: 4-7 days
- Minimum age: 10 years or older
- Depth: expect shallow dives (12m/40ft), the maximum allowed depth is 18m/60ft
Medical Requirements for this course
If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).
Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters, and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.
Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.
Who can start this course
For this course you need the following prerequisites: Be able to swim, be medically fit for scuba diving and feel comfortable in the water
During this PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will ask you the following:
To float or tread water without any aids for 10 minutes.
To swim 200 metres/yards with no aids or 300 metres/yards with divving mask, fins and a snorkel
You need the Minimum age of: 10
Divers certified between the ages of 10-14 become a PADI Junior Diver certification
Ones they are 15 years old, junior Open Water Divers automatically become Open Water Divers.
Other costs involved in this course
This course requires both knowledge development and in-water training for certification.
- When you purchase a PADI eLearning course from Start Diving Online or directly from PADI, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only.
- There will be an additional cost to complete the practical part of your course with a PADI Instructor. The cost depends on class size, location, and whether or not you need to rent equipment.
Most dive shops require students to provide their own mask, fins, and snorkel. If you already own a mask, snorkel, and/or fins, bring them to your instructor before your first in-water session. Some snorkeling masks and fins are inadequate for scuba diving.
Basic scuba gear, including a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer, and cylinder, may or may not be included with the in-water training cost.
You may also need to buy or rent exposure protection (wetsuit or drysuit) depending on the diving environment.
I want to change the PADI Dive Center or Resort associated with my eLearning account. Can I do this?
Once registered, you can’t change the PADI Dive Center or Resort associated with your online program. However, the eRecord you receive when you complete your online study is accepted by any PADI Dive Center, Resort or Instructor worldwide. Where you complete your training is your choice, so it’s not necessary to change the store or instructor associated with your eLearning account.
How many hours is the theory
PADI eLearning: 5-10 hours. This is the time you need for the thoery online.
Entire course: 4-7 days. This is the practical part of the course
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If you go somewhere without internet access, or during your next flight use the PADI Training app. Download your course course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections with a total file size of approximately 1.10 GB. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off.
The PADI Training app is available for Android™ and Apple® iOS devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).