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OPEN WATER DIVER The world's most popular scuba diving course

The PADI Open Water Diver course with INTERNATIONAL SCUBA

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

Your Certification in 3 Main Phases

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (eLearning) 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 participated in 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 Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 12 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws).

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 have online learning modules, make at least five pool dives with your certified instructor and four check out dives at our local dive site under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.  You also have the option to do your check out dives at a destination location, if you prefer to travel to blue water, we can find you a reputable dive shop.

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 will be chosen by our qualified staff to ensure your comfort throughout the course.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers an Open Water eLearning course via the internet.  You can expect it to take about 14 to 15 hours and you will want to do a little at at ime.  If needed, we offer a variety of home-study materials (book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD) instead of the eLearning. 

We understand that you might prefer to register online, however we feel it is in your best interest if you call us at 972-416-8400 to get started.  There are a lot of details to getting certified and we want to make sure you choose the best way for you.

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 our heated pool to practice these skills with your instructor.

Get ready for fun and adventure.