Open Water Diver
Get your PADI scuba certification with Dive Camp. If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts - on board in our floating classrooms!
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!
If you've already tried diving 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 enrol on a PADI Open Water course you just have to be 10 years or older. Students aged 10 - 14 will qualify with the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification.
All divers must also be able to self certify they are fit to dive with a PADI medical form downloadable here.
The fun part
The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it! 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 confined water dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
The scuba gear you use
During the course you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer and standard accessories. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical temperate or cold water. All of your kit stays with you on the yacht, ready for your next dive!
Dive Camp provides all the equipment you will use - mask, fins, snorkel, regulator, BCD, weights, tank and wetsuit if needed. We do suggest you might want to buy some more personal items before you come (like a mask or wetsuit if you think you will be cold), but we will provide all the gear you require for the course.
The learning materials you need
PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also choose a book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.
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. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you have learned.
Watch the latest PADI Go Dive Video about learning to dive!