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 or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving,
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills,
- Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:
- Be a comfortable swimmer.
The Fun Part
- Be in reasonably good health. (a medical release may be required for some students.)
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.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 SCUBA WEST Representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course.FAQS - click the FAQs link for answers to questions about learning to dive.The Learning Materials You Need
PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course including book and video, tablet application or eLearning. Recently PADI has enhanced this program by offering the learning material in an Elearning environment via the internet.
Contact SCUBA WEST 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.Where, When, How?
This class schedule is great for someone who is available weekday evenings. Each full course meets two days a week, either or Monday and Wednesday or alternatively a Tuesday and Thursday (see course schedule) for 3 weeks, followed by a Saturday and Sunday in the third week.
During the weekday evenings you'll immerse yourself in classroom discussions and pool sessions. The single weekend will be designated to complete for Open Water Dives. Everything takes place at our two and a half acre complex which includes Hudson Grotto, our very own dive site.
Almost everything is included. Scuba West will provide all the scuba related equipment such as BCD, regulator set, wetsuit, tanks and weights.
Additionally, the course includes the PADI Open Water CrewPak (with manual, log book and dive planner.) If you prefer, you can upgrade to the PADI eLearning or touch program.
You'll need to have your own scuba quality mask, fins, boots and snorkel. These personal pieces of equipment need to be specific for scuba diving and fit correctly. You will have an opportunity to select that equipment on your first day. Scuba West offers student discounts, packages, and the ability to exchange any equipment that isn't satisfactory even after you've worn it. Please contact us for any further information.