PADI Open Water Diver

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.

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 encourage kids to start diving between the ages of 12 and 14.

During the course, you’ll learn the basics of scuba, including diving fundamentals, equipment and techniques. You’ll complete an online home-study program, five pool dives, knowledge review 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?

Please stop by our dive center for a no obligation discussion about our program and the options available to you.

Open Water Diver Brochure

Download our complete Open Water Diver brochure.

You will need to provide your own scuba-quality 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 gear to ensure your satisfaction, and we offer a 100-Day Satisfaction Guarantee on gear purchases.

Each student will need the online class, which is the home study portion of the program. You can start this program right now if you’d like. You will also need the eLearning Enhancement Pak, with your dive tables and a log book.

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. 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

If you plan on diving with us here in New England, you’ll need a hood and gloves to keep your head and hands warm. Some of the local destinations we visit to complete certification dives have an admission fee.

How much does it cost?

As mentioned, you have many options, and the price is dependent on what you may already own. Many students already purchased scuba-quality gear from us prior to enrolling in a class, and some have already purchased the online class. Some of you may want to complete your dives in an exotic, warm water destination. In short, there is no easy answer to this question, so we strongly encourage you to stop by our dive center for a no obligation conversation. We love meeting people who are interested in scuba diving.

Additional Information

Prior to enrollment 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.

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. Semi-private classes are usually completed in three to six weeks. Private classes move at the students pace – depending on availability – and is usually completed in less than two weeks.

If you complete your certification dives in New England with us in a group setting, they are normally head monthly, on a Saturday and Sunday morning between May and October.

Your Commitment
Six weeks, one night per week plus four certification dives over a minimum of two days.

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

Class Fee
$300 for the Group Class plus whatever you may need referenced above

What’s Next?
Core Principles

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