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Become an Open Water Diver

Learn how to explore the underwater world and join the world’s largest diver and conservation community.

Begin a lifetime of discovery and adventure, honing your skills and knowledge as you explore our blue planet with the PADI recreational Open Water Diver certification course. Meet ocean lovers worldwide and experience amazing wildlife with the most recognized dive certification in the world.

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GET YOUR PADI™ Dive Certification in these easy steps.

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PADI eLearning

Knowledge development is the first step and requirement for a recreational Open Water Diver certification. PADI eLearning® is an independent study option that lets you read, watch videos, and take quizzes at your own pace, providing the fundamentals you need to confidently advance to in-water training with your Instructor.

When you begin your eLearning, you will choose your PADI Dive Shop for in-water training.

Time: 5-10 hours on average
eLearning Cost: $230 USD when purchased here, or contact your local dive shop where prices may vary

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In-Water Training

Confined In-Water Practice (pool-like environment)
During this step, you will practice your dive skills and learn how to use your scuba gear with a PADI Professional on “mini-dives” in a pool or pool-like environment to help you build your confidence and feel more comfortable before you begin your open water training.

Time: 2-3 days on average
Cost: Contact your local dive shop for training and scuba rental fees which are in addition to your elearning purchase

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Open Water Training

With your PADI Professional dive instructor you will complete four dives in open water up to 18m/60 ft. for this final step in your recreational Open Water Diver certification.

Time: 2-3 days on average 
Cost: Contact your local dive shop for training and scuba rental fees wich are in addition to your elearning purchase

The PADI Difference

For over 50 years, PADI has undeniably been the Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle.


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