When becoming a PADI Open Water Diver, you enjoy three simple phases:
1. Knowledge Development ~ You learn things such as how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and what to consider when planning dives. All participants must complete all knowledge reviews and have read the Open Water Diver Manual (Paperback or Multimedia) prior to the start of class.
2. Confined Water/ Pool Dives ~ You develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in a body of water with pool-like conditions. Here, you learn everything from setting up your gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing.
3. Open Water Dives ~ You and your new friends you've made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor in a typical dive environment. This is where you have fun putting it all together and fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level.
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.
Kids 10-11 years old who want to learn to dive must also sign The Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risks form along with having their parents sign too.
What You will learn
*How much fun scuba diving is
*Scuba diving equipment considerations for your local diving environment
*How to plan, and execute actual dives
*How to prevent and manage problems
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 practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.
All students will be required to complete some forms before being allowed to participate in the water portion of the class. To view and print these forms, please click the links below...