Open water/beginner

Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI, a dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You will also earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification that is recognized worldwide. You'll earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program. Your underwater adventure can begin as soon as today with the new PADI Open Water Diver Video and interactive CD-ROM! You can view these materials at home, at your own pace and then meet with an instructor for further assistance. Open water learning options also include group or private instruction. This course offers tremendous flexibility and lets you work out individual needs with your instructor.

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. At some point in the course, your PADI Instructor will ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 metres/yards and complete a bit of paperwork, to get you on your way. If you are between 10 and 15 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available

There is good news for college students interested in getting certified: now the PADI Open Water Diver course is recommended for college credit(s) by the American Council on Education (ACE). This program meets the educational standards and requirements for credit at the college level, even when taught away from a college or university. For those college students who reside in the UK, Australia or New Zealand, PADI offers specific programs just for you. Ask your local PADI office for details on how you can enjoy this fabulous sport AND get a recommendation for college credit!.