PADI Open Water Diver Course Details
If youve always wondered what lies beneath the surface,
nows the time to find out. Start the journey of a
lifetime with the PADI Open Water Diver course. It will
change you forever.
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, your PADI Instructor
takes you through the basics of learning how to scuba dive.
You start in a pool or pool-like conditions and progress
to the open water (ocean, lake, quarry, etc.) getting the
background knowledge along the way.
Earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification is just
the beginning. As a certified diver, fabulous dive destinations,
exciting people, unparalleled adventure and uncommon tranquility
await you. And, as you continue your adventure and gain
experience through higher training levels, your opportunities
expand. For more details on the PADI Open Water Diver course,
- Number of Dives: Five Confined Water Dives and Four
Open Water Dives
- Knowledge Development: Five sessions
- Prerequisites: 10 for Junior Open Water Diver and 15
for Open Water Diver. Good health, reasonable fitness
and comfort in the water.
- Materials Youll Need: PADI Open Water Crew-Pak,
PADI Open Water Video or DVD, Log Book.
- Equipment youll use during the course includes:
mask, fins, snorkel, tank, regulator, buoyancy compensator,
submersible pressure gauge and exposure protection as
required by the local environment.
Becoming a diver opens a door to a whole new world. Open
yours and step through.
For more information on becoming a PADI Open Water Diver,
please contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort or
explore more course options below.
Learning to dive isnt difficult, but like any activity
worth doing, it requires some time and effort. While taking
the PADI Open Water Diver course, youll enjoy three
phases: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and
Open Water Dives
The PADI Open Water Diver course is incredibly flexible
and performance based, which means that your PADI Dive Center
or Resort can offer the program on a wide variety of schedules,
and paced according to how fast you progress. Its
possible to complete your confined and open water dives
in as few as three or four days (provided you take care
of reading the manual and watching the video ahead of time).
However, many people prefer a more leisurely schedule.
Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to find out
the schedules or ask about a private or semiprivate course.
1. Knowledge Development This develops your
familiarity with basic principles and procedures. You learn
things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose
the best gear and what to consider when planning dives.
You complete Knowledge Development on your own, reading
each of five sections of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual
and watching the corresponding section of the PADI Open
Water Diver Video (which also previews skills youll
learn). If you like learning with a personal computer, you
can also get the Open Water Diver Manual and Video together
as a CD-ROM. You briefly review what you studied in each
section with your instructor and take a short quiz to be
sure youre getting it. At the end of the course, you
take an exam that makes sure youve got all the key
concepts and ideas down.
2. Confined Water Dives This is what its
all about diving. You develop basic scuba skills
in a pool or in a body of water with pool-like conditions.
Here youll learn everything from setting up your gear
to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing.
Youll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing
air just in case. Plus, you may play some games,
make new friends and have a great time.
There are five confined water dives, with each building
upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives,
you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.
3. Open Water Dives After your confined water
dives, you and the new friends youve made continue
learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor
at a dive site. This is where you have fun putting it all
together and fully experience the underwater adventure
at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives
near where you live or at a more exotic destination on holiday.