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OPEN WATER DIVER The world's most popular scuba course

The PADI Open Water Diver course with Patriot Scuba

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply 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.

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 tried diving through 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.


To enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver (for divers 10-14 years old) course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older
  • Adequate swimming skills
  • Good Physical Health

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.

Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Open Water Diver course!  The American Council on Education (ACE) through it's College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated and recommended 18 PADI courses and one Emergency First Response course for college credit. 

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 varies somewhat, depending upon whether you're diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.   For your Open Water Diver course through Patriot Scuba we provide all the gear needed to get you diving.  Interested in purchasing your own gear?  Patriot Scuba offers full lines of gear from all the top manufacturers including Cressi, Sherwood, Zeagle, Hollis, Atomic Aquatics, and many more!  Check our our Gear page for a full listing of the brands we offer!

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of choices for home-study during the Open Water Diver course! Options include a traditional book and DVD package, The Open Water Diver Touch™ tablet application for those wanting to study diving from their smartphone or tablet device, or the Open Water Diver Online - PADI's eLearning option.  Contact Patriot Scuba and let us help you determine which method will be right for you.

Regardless of how you choose to learn, 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 (or pool-like environment) to practice the concepts you learned with your instructor

The materials don't stop being useful as soon as your instruction ends!  As a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

 Course details

  • Duration: as little as 3 days
  • Price $798* - all inclusive!
  • Course contents: Knowlege development, Confined Water Training, Open Water Training
  • Equipment required: Mask, fins, snorkel
  • Recommended Text: PADI Open Water Diver manual, Encylcopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Medical Statement (pdf)
  • Student Transcript Request

What's next?

* Price may vary depending on location of Open Water Dives

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