This course can be completed in 3 or 4 days and upon completion you will have a certification to dive to 18 meters anywhere in the world. The course consists of 1-2 days of confined water training and dive theory and then 2 days of 4 exciting open water dives.
To sign up for a PADI Open Water Diver Course, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be able to swim and be in reasonable physical health.
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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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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.
Check with your local dive center about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Instructor.
You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver (available on iOS, Android and via Web Viewer) 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.