PADI Open Water Course.
You are purchasing the PADI online materials only. Your practical training and Instructor fees will be payable locally wherever you train.
You can use the credit from these materials at any PADI Dive Centre globally
Diver certification begins here.
Start with PADI's online eLearning course.
Move to the pool and practice your new skills. Then experience four open water (ocean/lake) dives. During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you'll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it a rewarding challenge.
The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions. You'll enjoy making one or more mini-dives, which take you through the same steps you follow when you make open water dives. To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives at a local dive site.
Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you met the course requirements. Dive centres and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll be trained to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It's just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures.
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.
Short on time? The PADI Scuba Diver course might be right for you.
Prerequisites & Requirements
10 years or older
Able to swim; medically fit for diving
Approximately 8-15 hours
English, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Danish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Dutch, German, French, Japanese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional.
For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Centre. Equipment 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 start your learning now with PADI's home-study materials - Open Water Diver eLearning. Your instructor will also answer any questions you have along the way and check your progress to make sure you understand important scuba diving information.
*This course fee only covers your online training, assessments and certification card. Practical training fees, dives, dive equipment, student slate and logbook are available at additional fees via your PADI Dive Centre.
PADI Scuba Diver Course
This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you're short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you, particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification, if that's your ultimate goal.
PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:
• Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
• Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
• Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses.
To enrol in a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required, but you can try it first through the Discover Scuba® Diving program.
The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:
• Knowledge Development (eLearning, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving - just the first three of five sections of the Open Water Diver course.
• Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills - just the first three of five dives of the Open Water Diver course
• Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore - just two of four dives of the Open Water Diver course.
• Available Languages
For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Centre.
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. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment you need and may suggest additional educational materials, such as the required logbook. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions, confined water and open water dives.