Open Water Diver
Become a Open Water Certified Diver at The Dive Shop
If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.
What You Learn
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
If you've participated in a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:
The Fun Part
The fun part about this course is...well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
The Scuba Gear You Use
As part of your course, you will learn to use all the basic scuba gear required to dive safely. When you hit open water to complete your certification dives, you'll also be deploying a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and using a dive computer for your dives. For your pool training, all your gear is provided! For our Open Water certification dives, please contact the facility you will be doing them with directly (if you're travelling) to determine what rentals they provide!
The Learning Materials You Need
You have the option of doing the traditional Pool and Class format (physical textbook and in-person classroom sessions), or eLearning (digital learning materials, no pants required).
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about either format!
PADI's Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you'll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to develop these skills with your instructor!
If you want to register, please click on the links below to go to the on-line store to purchase either the e-learning (Code only, Code and Pool) or the Traditional course.
- E-Learner Code Only: Only the online knowledge development part Courses (diveshopscuba.com). To complete the confined water portion, the Confined Water (pool) sessions will also be required and can be purchased separately or together below.
- E-Learner Combined (E-Learner Code AND Pool): online knowledge development and Confined Water sessions: Courses (diveshopscuba.com)
- Traditional Course: Traditionally delivered theory (classroom based knowledge development, in person) and Confined Water sessions Courses (diveshopscuba.com)