Open Water Diver

The world's most popular scuba diving course

PADI Open Water Diver course

Have you always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, to discover new adventures and see the wondrous world beneath the waves?  This is where it starts.  

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.  

If you have the passion and want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving, this course is for you.  

Register for our Open Water Diver course today and start living the dive lifestyle where you'll explore the underwater world and see things you have never experienced.


Open Water Students Pool



The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is...well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. 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 pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

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 participated in 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.

Expect to attend 5 classroom sessions each followed by pool practice and then 4 open water dives one weekend to complete your OW certification.


The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a one of our expert staff members to ensure your comfort throughout the course.  You will be required to purchase some personal gear prior to this class.  See below. 


What You Need

GEAR:   Open Water students are required to bring their own mask, snorkel, fins, boots and weight belt.  Please stop by the shop after registering, in the days BEFORE your class begins to ensure you have the required personal gear you need.  Our staff will help you select the best options for you.

MATERIALS:   Contact us to personalize the best study option for you!

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course - book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD. Recently PADI has enhanced this program by offering the learning material in an e-learning environment via the internet.

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 to practice these skills with your instructor.

PREREQUISITES:   To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course you must be at least 10 years old  (10-11 year olds are required to sign up for a private course due to ratio and quality of teaching constraints.)


Class Start Dates

  • January 7, 2024
  • February 4, 2024
  • March 3, 2024
  • April 7, 2024
  • May 5, 2024
  • June 2, 2024
  • July 7, 2024
  • August 4, 2024
  • September 1, 2024
  • October 6, 2024
  • November 3, 2024


  • January 9, 2024
  • February 6, 2024
  • February 27, 2024
  • March 19, 2024
  • April 9, 2024
  • April 23, 2024
  • May 7, 2024
  • May 21, 2024
  • June 4, 2024
  • June 18, 2024
  • July 2, 2024
  • July 23, 2024
  • August 6, 2024
  • August 20, 2024
  • Septermber 3, 2024
  • September 17, 2024
  • October 1, 2024
  • October 15, 2024
  • October 29, 2024
  • November 12, 2024
  • December 3, 2024

Call 410-381-1994 to register for any class.


What's Next

After Open Water certification you may move on to the Advanced Open Water Diver Certification or the Emergency First Response training is a great option too.