PADI Open Water Diver course

Why PADI Open Water?

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, 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.

What do I need to start?

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program.


If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.

A PADI Junior Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a Scuba certified parent or guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.

What will I do?

Throughout the course, you will learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn the Open Water Diver rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water dives.

You have the option of doing the non-practical course work online with the PADI e-learning package or with our instructor.

How long will it take?

PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Overall we believe it will take approximately 32 hours for the course.

Where can I go from here?

Continue the adventure with PADI’s Adventures in diving program, (Advanced Open Water), your next step in exploring the underwater world.


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