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Open Water Diver

Begin your scuba diving adventure with the PADI Open Water Diver course at Diving World! This introductory certification is your passport to the underwater world, offering expert instruction and hands-on training in one of the most breathtaking settings on the planet.

About the course

By the end of this course, you’ll be qualified to dive up to 18 meters (60 feet) deep anywhere in the world and join the ranks of PADI certified divers. This certification opens the door to further diving education and adventures, offering endless opportunities to explore the wonders of the oceans.

The PADI Open Water Diver course at Diving World is your entry into the underwater world. This certification course teaches you the fundamental knowledge and skills to safely explore the ocean depths. Under the guidance of our experienced PADI instructors, you’ll transition from a novice to a confident open water diver ready to enjoy the underwater realm.

During the course, you will engage in several key components: starting with PADI eLearning to cover theoretical diving principles at your convenience, followed by confined water dives to practice basic scuba skills in a safe, controlled environment. Finally, you’ll apply these skills during four open water dives at local dive sites, under the direct supervision of your instructor. This course is designed not only to teach you how to dive but to ensure you feel comfortable and safe while exploring aquatic environments.

Learn the Basics Through PADI eLearning®

Learn the Basics Through PADI eLearning®

Start your journey to becoming a certified diver by engaging with the PADI eLearning program. This flexible learning option allows you to study the foundational principles and terminology of scuba diving at your own pace and on your own schedule. Whether you choose to study online or offline, this comprehensive educational platform is designed to fit seamlessly into your busy life.

eLearning Details:

  • Duration: 5-10 hours of self-guided study.
  • Accessibility: Access the materials online using a computer or mobile device, or download them to complete offline.
  • Instructor Interaction: Have questions along the way? Easily connect with a highly trained PADI Instructor for guidance and clarification.
Practical Training in a Controlled Environment

Practical Training in a Controlled Environment

After you’ve grounded yourself in the theory, you’ll begin practical training under the supervision of a PADI Instructor at our dive shop. This portion of the course involves learning how to use scuba gear and practice basic scuba skills in a pool or a pool-like environment.

Training Highlights:

  • Environment: Start with controlled “mini dives” in a safe, pool-like setting.
  • Skills Practice: Learn and practice essential scuba skills such as gear setup, buoyancy control, and basic underwater communication.
  • Safety Drills: Conduct important safety procedures and problem management drills.
Open Water Dives

Open Water Dives

Once you are comfortable with the basic skills, you’ll progress to open water dives in natural settings such as the ocean or a lake. Here, you will apply what you’ve learned in real-world conditions under the close supervision of your instructor.

Dive Details:

  • Number of Dives: Complete four open water dives.
  • Depth: Start with shallow dives at around 12 meters (40 feet) and gradually progress to the maximum depth allowed for Open Water Divers, which is 18 meters (60 feet).
  • Support: Your instructor will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning experience.
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PADI Open Water Diver Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PADI Open Water Diver course?

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the first level of scuba certification. It teaches beginners the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to dive safely and enjoyably. The course includes three main phases: knowledge development through eLearning, confined water dives to learn basic skills, and open water dives to practice these skills under real diving conditions. Upon completion, you’ll be certified to dive up to 18 meters (60 feet) deep anywhere in the world.

Who can take the PADI Open Water Diver course?

Anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can start the PADI Open Water Diver course. The minimum age is 10 years old. Young divers between the ages of 10 and 14 will earn a Junior Open Water Diver certification.

What are the prerequisites for enrolling in the course?

To enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be able to swim 200 meters without swim aids or 300 meters using a mask, snorkel, and fins. You also need to float or tread water for 10 minutes. A medical questionnaire must be completed to ensure you’re medically fit for diving. Depending on your responses, you may need to obtain a physician’s approval to dive.

How does the eLearning component work?

PADI eLearning is designed to make it easy and convenient to learn the theoretical aspects of scuba diving. Through this online platform, you can access interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics, and reading materials. Quizzes and a final exam help you assess your understanding of scuba principles. The eLearning component typically requires 5-10 hours to complete and can be accessed anytime, anywhere, which fits into your schedule.

What should I expect during the confined water dives?

Confined water dives are meant to teach you basic scuba skills in a safe, controlled environment like a swimming pool. During these sessions, you will learn how to set up your gear, clear your mask, regulate your buoyancy, and other essential skills. These dives are conducted under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor, who will ensure you are comfortable and confident with each skill before moving to open water dives.

How many open water dives will I do, and what can I expect?

You will complete four open water dives, which are necessary to apply and demonstrate the skills you learned in confined water in an actual diving environment. These dives are conducted over two days and typically occur in a lake, ocean, or other natural water body. You’ll plan your dive with your instructor and monitor your depth and air supply, building your confidence as you explore the underwater world.

What equipment will I need for the course?

During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you will need standard scuba equipment, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges, and a tank. All equipment is included in the course price. For the open water dives, you might also need a wetsuit depending on the water temperature. Most dive centres rent equipment, but you are encouraged to buy your own mask, snorkel, and fins that fit you best.

How long does it take to complete the PADI Open Water Diver course?

The completion time for the PADI Open Water Diver course can vary depending on how quickly you progress through the eLearning, confined water, and open water sections. Typically, the course can be completed in 3-4 days. This can be done intensively over consecutive days or spread out over several weekends.

What opportunities will I have once I am certified?

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, you will have the skills and qualifications to dive up to 18 meters (60 feet) deep. You can dive anywhere in the world, rent scuba equipment, fill your tank, and participate in more advanced and specialised training courses. The certification also connects you to a global community of divers who share a passion for exploring the underwater world.

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