Open Water Diver Course

Scuba LessonsIf you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your SCUBA diving certification with the Open Water Diver course.

To enroll in an Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.


What will you learn?

The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives (pool) to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
    • Open Water can refer to a lake if you do the entire course with Scuba Savvy, or ask us about referral dives where you can complete the open water portion of your class while you are on vacation.

How can you start learning now?

You can start learning with home-study materials. Stop by Scuba Savvy to enroll in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your Scuba Savvy Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.


What scuba gear will you use?

In the Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.

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eLearning/Touch

Want to learn to scuba dive and are looking for a flexible way to fit a course into your busy schedule? PADI’s online scuba programs are a useful option. You can get started immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the eLearning system. This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime you have an internet connection.

Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge and dive skills. PADI Open Water Diver Online uses videos, audio, graphics and reading to help you learn, plus short quizzes that let you gauge your progress, and then offers a review of anything you happen to miss. You develop dive skills during actual dives with a PADI Instructor. After completing knowledge development online, you’re ready to meet with your Scuba Savvy Instructor for academic review session(s) where we will answer your questions and relate the information to real world diving practices. From there, it’s time to get wet and become a diver!

Drop by Scuba Savvy and speak to Chadwick to sign up.

Whether you’re on the go or want to take it slow, you can complete the Knowledge Development portion on your home computer. It’s a great match for an active schedule. Includes the eLearning access, certification card, logbook, recreational dive planner slate, confined water training, access to an SMB (Surface Marker Buoy) and dive computer throughout training, and the use of the Scuba unit, tanks, wetsuit, and weights.

Start your diver education with the PADI Open Water Diver Touch on your tablet. The iOS version is available now and an Android version will be available soon. The Touch transforms the PADI Open Water Diver Manual into a truly interactive learning experience by incorporating all the knowledge development and video clips into one platform. You don’t need an internet connection for knowledge development once you download the Touch so you’ll have the flexibility to learn anywhere at any time. You will, however, need to go online to take the quizzes and access your online eLearning record.

Includes Touch access plus certification card, logbook, recreational dive planner slate, confined water training, access to an SMB (Surface Marker Buoy) and dive computer throughout training, and the use of the Scuba unit, tanks, wetsuit, and weights.