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Certifications - Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom) to understand the basic principles scuba diving
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you've tried through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.


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).

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 the principles and practices of recreational scuba diving 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.