PADI Open Water Diver Course

What is the PADI Open Water Diver Course?

The PADI Open Water Diver Course is an entry level diver certification that is recognised world-wide and qualifies you to dive with another certified diver independant of professional supervision to a maximum depth of 60ft/18M. Minimum age 15 yrs, but for children aged 10 - 14, there is the Junior Open Water Diver course.

We offer flexible scheduling to make the most of your precious vacation time and you don't pay extra for small class sizes, one or two students is our normal class size. This way, you can be assured of our undivided attention which will soon have you diving like a professional.

Three sections

The Open Water Diver Course has three sections, Knowledge Development (theory), Confined Water (pool) dives and Open Water (sea) dives. You can choose to complete the Knowledge Development (theory) by studying with the PADI Open Water Diver Manual (included in your course fee) which will take you about 16 hours to complete. Alternatively, to save your time on holiday, you can complete all of this online before you arrive in St. Lucia with PADI's new eLearning option. To make getting certified even easier, PADI now offer a Dive Computer Only option meaning that you no longer have to learn to use dive tables. This is available as a manual or on eLearning. If you choose this option, you will need to bring your own Dive Computer.

What do I have to do?

    • Read five chapters in the Open Water Diver Manual and complete and hand in the five Knowledge Reviews at the end of each chapter.
    • Complete four quick quizzes and the final exam which confirms that you have understood the chapters in the manual.

To save your time on holiday, you can complete all of this online before you arrive in St. Lucia with PADI's new eLearning option.

  • Complete Confined Water (pool) Dives 1,2,3,4 & 5 (usually conducted in one or two sessions).
  • Complete a 10 minute tread water/surface float.
  • Complete a 200 yard swim.
  • Complete four Open Water (ocean) Dives (conducted as two sessions).


Upgrade options to PADI Open Water Diver

If you have already completed the Discover Scuba Diving Experience or already have a PADI Scuba Diver certification, we offer an upgrade path which may credit your previous experience towards the PADI Open Water Diver Certification saving you time and money. Please click the following links for more information on upgrading from Discover Scuba Diving or upgrading from PADI Scuba Diver.

Where can I go from here?

The next step up the PADI ladder is to enrol in the Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver course or in a Specialty Course.

For information on pricing, please visit our Price List page.

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