The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.
What You Learn
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development (online, home study) to understand basic principles of scuba diving,
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills,
- Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
Your PADI Open Water certification allows you to dive to 60 ft maximum depth with a buddy of equal or greater experience, in conditions that are as good as (or better than) those in which you learned to dive.
The Fun Part
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 (open water) dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:
- 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws).
- Demonstrate comfort in water and have basic swimming skills
- Prior to any water sessions return the completed Medical Statement and have physician’s approval for diving, if needed
- Some self study (with manual and video)
- 3 Personalized Classroom lectures
- Up to 3 pool sessions
- PADI Course materials, Manual, ERDP and log book (included)
- Four Open Water dives
- PADI insurance on student while training (self initiated)
- PADI Certification fees
The Scuba Gear You Use
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a Bone Island Divers Representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course.
- Students personal gear (swim suit, towel, sun screen, (recommend rash guard shirt))
- Bone Island Divers will provide all scuba equipment required (BCD, regulator, wetsuit if needed tanks and weights)
The Learning Materials You Need
PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course – book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD. Recently PADI has enhanced this program by offering the learning material in an Elearning environment via the internet.
Contact Bone Island Divers to personalise the best study option for you!
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.