Open Water Diver Course

The adventure begins here, at Scuba World, with the most popular diving course in the world. It’s the first level of PADI scuba certification and includes the basics of enjoyable, safe diving taught through academic training and confined and open water practice sessions, all under the guidance of one of our PADI instructors. Virtually anyone in good health who’s comfortable in the water can learn to scuba dive. Participants as young as 10 with no upper age limit may take the course. Open Water Certification is a lifetime certification to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 60 feet.

How long does it take?

The entire course takes approximately 16 hours to complete. Included are:

  • Independent study
  • 4 hours academic instruction
  • 4 hours confined water skills training in the pool (two 2-hour sessions)
  • 4 skills evaluation training dives over two days at the quarry (three dives Saturday and one dive Sunday)
When can I begin?

Start today!

Once you receive your training materials, you read the text, watch the DVD and complete the knowledge review questions at home, at your leisure, then schedule your academic sessions with the instructor. We offer weekday, week night and weekend sessions. The academic portion is taught at Scuba World and pool training is generally taught on week days or nights between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the YMCA in Dover.

How much does it cost?

Course: $840

This fee covers academic materials and instruction, pool instruction and your open water skills evaluation training dives. As a part of your training materials, you will also receive a wrist mounted dive computer valued at more than $300. Scuba World provides your BCD, regulator setup, weight belt, weight (22 lbs.) and tank for the pool and quarry. Additionally, a wetsuit and hood for quarry dives. You will also receive a PADI certification card upon completion. For private or accelerated class and pool lessons add $250.

Personal Equipment: $280 – $350


  • You must provide your own personal equipment which includes mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves. All of which can be purchased at Scuba World.


  • May be rented for $200 with the option to buy at the end of the certification.

What are the skills evaluation training dives?

Upon completion of your academic and confined water skills training, you are now ready to take the skills you learned in the pool and perform these skills in the Open Water environment. We have three options for completion of these dives. Included are:


Quarry Checkout

Costs are:

  • Quarry entrance fee: $30-40 per

  • 3 tank fills: $8 / fill

  • Accommodations to stay overnight. Either motels are $100-150 per night or camping at the quarry is $10 per night.


Referral checkout

  • If you are going on vacation,  complete your academic and pool instruction with Scuba World and complete your four training evaluation dives at a PADI facility when you reach your vacation destination.

  • Deduct $100 from the cost of the certification course.


Evaluation dives may be completed on any of Scuba World’s dive trips.


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