Are you ready to make the commitment to train to become a certified PADI Open Water Diver?
Here’s what it takes:
- Orientation: Take an hour to meet your instructor, ask questions about the course, set your schedule and get your training materials. This can be done through Video chat (Skype, Facetime) or in person.
- Self Study: There are 5 videos that correspond with the 5 sections in your PADI Open Water Diver Manual to watch. Plan about 6 hours to complete your self-study.
- Classroom: Meet for about 3-4 hours to review your self-study material, go over the knowledge reviews, take a quiz on sections 1-4, and your final exam to prepare you for confined water skills. This can also be done through Video chat or in person.
- Confined Water skills: You will start with a 200 yard swim and 10 minute float to demonstrate your comfort in water. Each of the 5 sections in the classroom correspond to a set of confined water skills. This will take place in the pool. Each section takes approximately 1 hour. We will normally plan 2 confined water sessions for 3 hours each.
- Open Water Dives: You’ve mastered your skills in the pool: buoyancy, mask clearing, regulator retrieval, and putting your gear together and taking it apart. It’s time to head to the open water! You’ve done all the hard work by this point and are ready to demonstrate your skills in water 15 to 30 feet deep during 4 different dives. The only thing left to learn out here is basic compass navigation. Each dive takes about 3-4 hours.
And, after all this training and experience, you will be a certified PADI Open Water Diver!
Want to become a diver, but don’t have enough time for the Open Water Diver Course? Ask us about PADI SCUBA Diver!
Where do we do the Open Water Dives?
Shore diving– Come on out and do your 4 Open Water dives from the beach in Laguna Beach, Redondo Beach, or Corona Del Mar in sunny Southern California! You’ll learn the extra need to know about understanding surf conditions and explore world class dive sites with reef, sandy bottom, and kelp forests. $875 for private training, $550 for groups of 2-4 students.
Catalina Island-Casino Point– Take the ferry over to Catalina Island for the day. Enjoy your Open Water dives from Casino Point Dive Park in Avalon. This site offers an easy entrance/exit, amazing reef structure, kelp forests, and an amazing array of temperate water marine life! Come back for a second day or do your 4th dive from the shore. $1150 for private training, $785 for groups of 2-4 students.
Travel: Want to travel to Florida, Cozumel, Bali, or another amazing dive destination for your Open Water dives? Sign up for one of our amazing SCUBA trips to complete your training! You can view our upcoming trips by clicking here!