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.
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. 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.
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.
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!
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.