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The PADI Scuba Diver course with Patriot Scuba

Short on time and long on the urge to become a certified diver?  The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you!  This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives.  The PADI Scuba Diver certification is perfect for people who don't have enough time to complete the PADI Open Water Diver certification course or will be diving primarily in the company of a dive guide.

PADI Scuba Diver Certification qualifies divers to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision
  • Continue their dive training and complete PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses such as Project AWARE and equipment specialty courses

What You Learn

The PADI Scuba Diver Certification teaches all the basics of scuba diving through knowledge development, confined water scuba skills that you will continue to use during open water dives, and an appreciation for the underwater world!  During the course you'll cover material and practice skills related to topics such as:

  • Buoyancy skills including ascents and descents, and breathing underwater
  • Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy diving techniques.
  • Diving environments and aquatic life you're likely to encounter!
  • Preventing common problems underwater.
  • An introduction to boat diving.

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 Scuba 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:

  • 15 years or older (or 10 years old for Junior Scuba Diver certification)
  • Adequate swimming skills
  • Good Physical Health

The Fun Part

The PADI Scuba Diver Course opens the door on the underwater world for anyone who's thought that a course would take too long or be too difficult.  It's perfect for the time conscious person who wants to spend their vacation diving, not doing the full PADI Open Water Diver Course.  If you decide to continue to the PADI Open Water Diver Course your training in the PADI Scuba Diver Course will count

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 Scuba Diver/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 Scuba Diver/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 Scuba Diver/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 4 days
  • Price $450* - all inclusive!
  • Course contents: Knowlege development 1-3, Confined Water Training 1-3 Open Water Training 1-2
  • Equipment required: Mask, fins, snorkel
  • Recommended Text: PADI Open Water Diver manual, Encylcopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Medical Statement (pdf)
  • Student Transcript Request

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