PADI Open Water Diver

Your PADI Open Water Certification is the most widely recognized certification rating in the world. You can dive anywhere up to 60 feet in depth in conditions similar to those in which you trained.

photo_maskdrillIf you are in good health and comfortable in the water, you can earn your certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program offered. Scuba Shack instructors recommend kids start diving at 12 years of age.

During the course, you’ll learn the basics of scuba, including diving fundamentals, equipment and techniques. You’ll complete an online home-study program, more than six hours of academic reviews and pool time and four open water dives. Most of the course time is spent in the pool, developing your scuba skills and giving you time to practice until you are comfortable.

A history of certain health issues may require a physician’s approval prior to participating in the PADI Open Water Diver course. Prospective students must review the Medical Statement. If you answer YES to any question, you must have your physician (MD) review your medical history and sign the form clearing you for diving activities before enrolling in the class, purchasing equipment and registering for online eLearning.

Class Options

Weekend Group Classes are our most popular option. Classes are limited to four students, with one instructor assisted by a PADI certified dive professional. PADI eLearning is completed online, on your own time before the first class. The group meets on a Tuesday or Thursday night, and all day the following Saturday & Sunday for pool and academic reviews.

This class moves at a brisk pace! Once completed, you are ready to take your Open Water Exam with Scuba Shack on a designated weekend May through October, or at any PADI shop worldwide.

Weeknight Group Classes are limited to 10 students, with one instructor assisted by several PADI certified dive professionals. Group classes are on a set schedule; one night per week for six consecutive weeks. This class goes at an easy, comfortable pace for all students.

A group class is the most cost effective way to earn your certification. Additional pool sessions are available, if needed. Fees apply.

We also provide private classes to those who want to work in a smaller group, on their own, or are unable to meet the set schedule of a group class.

Call Scuba Shack for pricing and schedules.

What Students Need

Students will need scuba-quality mask, snorkel, boots and fins as well as a log book and dive tables. Our professional staff will assist you in selecting gear to ensure your satisfaction, and we offer a 100-Day Satisfaction Guarantee on gear purchases. If you already have scuba-quality equipment, please bring it with you at the time of sign up to ensure it fits correctly.

Academics

With our PADI Open Water eLearning program, homework is completed online prior to class. After completing the home study, you’ll be ready to start working with an instructor.

Scuba Shack provides classroom sessions in conjunction with pool instruction. Rather than just read about wetsuits, drysuits and other scuba equipment, you can see and touch these items first hand!

Pool Training

You’ll be hands-on with scuba equipment and classroom sessions for more than six hours. You’ll review dive theory with your instructor, providing a strong foundation for your success. It is important that you are comfortable in the water before starting scuba lessons. You will need to complete a 200-yard swim – any stroke, no time limit – and tread water for 10 minutes to ensure you are comfortable.

Open Water Certification Dives

After completion of the academic and confined water (pool) training, you’ll need to complete four open water certification dives over two days. These sessions, which include hands-on equipment use, surface skills and diving usually take four to five hours each day. You have three options.

  • Complete your dives with us in a group class
  • Complete your dives with us privately
  • Complete your dives while you are on vacation – known as a referral

Our Open Water Exam Fee includes the use of a 7mm wetsuit, hood, gloves and dive computer. If you complete your dives on a referral, you may spend a little more overall as you’ll pay the dive center and/or instructor fee at your referral location.

Whether you are interested in diving in New England or want to dive in warm water only, we welcome all divers! We feature trips to the Bahamas, Florida, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and other exciting locations where you can complete your required dives.

Your PADI Open Water Certification is the most widely recognized certification rating in the world. Since you will be trained by Scuba Shack, one of the most respected training facilities in the United States, your certification will also be respected.

Group classes are held evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. and private classes are available.

Where do you start: If you are in good health and comfortable in the water, you can earn your certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program offered.

You will need to complete a medical history questionnaire prior to the start of the course. If you answer YES to any question, you will need to have your physician sign the form clearing you for diving activities before any in-water training. A physicians signature is required for all Scuba Shack students prior to completing open water dives.

In general, Scuba Shack instructors encourage kids to start diving between the ages of 12 and 14.

What does the course involve:During the course, you’ll learn the basics of scuba, including diving fundamentals, equipment and techniques. You’ll complete a home-study program, five pool dives, knowledge development sessions and four open water dives.

Most of the course time is spent in the pool, developing your scuba skills and giving you time to practice until you are comfortable.

What will I need: You will need to provide your own personal gear including mask, snorkel, fins and boots. Your success in the course is directly related to the comfort, fit and quality of this equipment. Our professional staff will assist you in selecting from a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes to ensure your satisfaction.

Each student will need their own text book, dive tables full-action DVD and log book. If you are taking the class with family members, you can share a DVD.

How long will it take:The class is performance based. What this means is that you move through the program at your own pace as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills.

The group classes are scheduled one night per week over six weeks, and private classes move at the students pace – depending on availability – and is usually completed in less than two weeks.

Certification dives are scheduled during one weekend, between May and October. You can also complete your certification dives on one of our group trips or during your vacation at a participating PADI Dive Center.

What You Need: Personal gear including mask, snorkel, fins & boots. Class materials, medical statement & releases.

Your Commitment:Six weeks, one night per week plus four certification dives during one weekend.

Results to Expect: Comprehensive training for beginners, breathing underwater– and lots of fun.

Class Fee$249

What’s Next?Buoyancy & Control 101 and Enriched Air