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During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you'll learn to safely explore the underwater world using SCUBA! Most people find it a rewarding challenge! Read more below to get started on your adventure!

PADI eLearning, Training Log Book and Open Water Certification Dives are purchased separately.

Purchase PADI eLearning here!   *PADI eLearning (Need Help? - Click Here),

Review the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire. (Click Here for Help)

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The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool. You'll have fun making mini-dives, which take you through the same steps you follow when you conduct Open Water dives. To complete your training, you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives at a local dive site.

Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you have met the course requirements. Dive centers and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll be trained to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It's just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures!

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What Qualifications Do I Need To Start?

If you are in good health (see medical requirements), reasonably fit, can swim and are comfortable in the water you can earn your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification is available for those ages 12 to 14.

For certification information for 10 and 11-year olds, please contact Scuba Shack.

A PADI Junior Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.

How Does It Work?

You will start your journey by enrolling in a Scuba Shack Open Water Diver course and registering for your PADI Electronic Learning. You can start your electronic learning at any time and must complete this course prior to the start of your training with Scuba Shack. Our classes typically run over a one-week period. You will meet at Scuba Shack for a Tuesday night class where you will meet your instructor and other classmates. This session will review key elements from the electronic learning and logistics for the remainder of the course. On Thursday night we meet again at Scuba Shack for an in-depth session on the operation and set up of the equipment that you will be using in the pool. Then on both Saturday and Sunday we will head to the pool where you will complete the five confined water dives, giving you all the skills necessary for your ultimate Open Water Certification dives!

eLearning - What is it?

PADI’s Electronic Learning allows you to work on the knowledge development part of the course at your convenience. You will be guided through five modules that build on the information you will need to become a scuba diver. The program includes engaging videos, detailed descriptions, knowledge checks and quizzes, culminating in the final exam.

This online course can take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to complete - plan to start no less than 2 weeks before the start of class. 

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Do I Need My Own Dive Equipment?

You will need to have your own mask, snorkel, fins and boots for the class. When you purchase this equipment from Scuba Shack, you can be assured that the gear will fit properly and comfortably, allowing you to enjoy the course with no worries! All other equipment - tanks, weights, regulators, buoyancy compensator and wetsuit (if needed) - is provided by Scuba Shack!

What Do I Need To Do Next?

Here are the steps to follow

  1. 1.    Purchase your PADI Open Water e-learning by clicking here!
  2. 2.    Purchase your Confined Water Training Course from Scuba Shack.
  3. 3.    Come in to get fitted for your personal mask, snorkel, fins, and boots and get your training log book
  4. 4.    Get Ready for FUN!

Is There Anything Else?

Yes - everyone who takes the PADI Open Water Class must complete liability forms and an Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire. Based on your responses, you may be required to have your physician clear you for recreational scuba diving. A fully completed medical questionnaire is an absolute requirement prior to any in-water activity with Scuba Shack.

Open Water Dives  - purchased separately

You will need to complete your Four Open Water Certification dives. You will have a reserved spot in the Open Water Exam that immediately follows the last session of your class. Other dates may be available but space is extrememely limited and not guaranteed. These dives can be done with Scuba Shack at Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, RI (cost is $150) on a designated weekend May through September, or with any PADI dive shop worldwide as a Referral (prices vary based on location). 

2022 Open Water Exam Dates

June 18/19, 2022      July 16/17, 2022     July 30/31, 2022     August 13/14, 2022     August 27/28, 2022     September 24/25, 2022


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