Open Water Diver

Course Info

Certified to dive worldwide up to 18m/60ft depth.


PADI Materials
Certification fees
Scuba Equipment


2-4 days depends on your personal commitment.


Study online before your course.
Total time 5-10 hours.


Being able to swim & medicaly fit.
Minimum age 10 years old

How to become a PADI Open Water Diver

Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology (either offline or online), then learn basic scuba skills in a pool-like environment with our PADI Instructor. When you're ready, make four dives in an open water environment with your instructor supporting you every step of the way.


PADI eLearning®

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it's convenient for you.

It's your course on your time! Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.


With Your Instructor

Practice using scuba gear in a pool-like environment until you're comfortable. PADI training includes five confined water sessions where you will practice all the necessary skills and "mini dives" to help you build confidence in your new abilities before making four dives in open water.

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Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving. Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors and dive center staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive. If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Minimum age: 10

Divers certified between the ages of 10-14 earn a Junior Diver certification.

Junior Open Water Divers automatically become Open Water Divers at age 15.

Children eight or older can try scuba diving in a pool-like environment. Ask us about a Bubblemaker experience. Children who are comfortable in the water can participate in the PADI Seal Team program, a multi-day pool diving experience.

PADI continuing education courses like Advanced Open Water Diver and Deep Diver will help you develop your skills as a diver. Learn more about PADI Specialty courses.

Not sure which specialty to try first? Try the Advanced Open Water Diver course, it’s like a specialty sampler platter. Improve your navigation and buoyancy skills while you try new activities like deep diving, night diving, or digital underwater photography. Choose from more than 20 specialty diving options.

An Advanced Open Water Diver certification also opens the door to dive sites deeper than 18m/60ft!

If you don’t have the opportunity to dive for six months (or longer), you can quickly refresh the knowledge and skills you learned in Open Water with the PADI ReActivate® program. Your PADI certification never expires, but after a long period of inactivity, you may want to brush up on diving fundamentals and safety procedures.

Contact us for more information.

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ReActivate is the engaging, efficient way to refresh your scuba skills. Move quickly through topics you know well, dive deeper on topics where your knowledge may have lapsed.

Advanced Open Water Diver

The Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about advancing your skills. You'll practice navigation and buoyancy, try deep diving and make three specialty dives of your choosing.

Digital Underwater Photographer

Learn professional tricks and tips for taking great photos underwater and the best way to capture video while scuba diving.