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 & 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 max depth of 60 feet.

How long does it take?

The entire course is about 20 hours to complete:

  • At home, self-study at your own pace
  • 5 hours of academic instruction
  • 6 hours of confined water skills training in a pool
  • 4 skills evaluation training dives over 2 days in the open water environment

When can I begin?

Start today!

Complete your training materials (book/DVD or e-learning) at home at your leisure and then schedule your academic sessions with a Scuba World instructor. We offer weekday, weeknight, and weekend sessions around your schedule. The Academic portion is taught at Scuba World. Pool times and locations vary.

How much does it cost?

The course price of $1,280 includes materials, academic instruction, pool fees, and pool instruction. Your rental BCD, regulator setup, weights, and a tank are provided for the pool.

Your personal mask/fin equipment is also included in the price of the course. You will receive a mask, snorkel, fins, boots, gloves, and a mesh bag. You will be fitted by one of our staff members. As a part of your training materials, you will also receive a wrist mounted dive computer. The mask/fin equipment and dive computer are yours to keep.

Upon certification, you will receive a PADI eCard.

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:


Local Checkout Dives

Only Scuba World students who have completed the Open Water package have the option of completing quarry checkout dives with a Scuba World Instructor at the Quarry. The cost is $200 per day (2 dives per day and 2 days are required to complete the certification). The quarry entrance fee is an additional $65-75 per day per diver. Students are responsible for transportation of all required equipment to and from the quarry.

    OPTION 2

    Referral Checkout Dives

    If you are going on vacation, complete your academic and pool instruction with Scuba World and complete your 4 training evaluation dives at a facility when you reach your vacation destination. (Fees vary based on location.)

      OPTION 3

      Scuba World Dive Trip    *Best Value*

      Evaluation dives may be completed on any of Scuba World’s dive trips. Fees for rental, but no fees for instruction.


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