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Get Certified with Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course with West Shore Scuba

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous 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.  See more information about the PADI Open Water Diver certification process below

STEP 1: eLearning ($202 paid directly to PADI)

You will want to start your certification journey by purchasing the Open Water Diver eLearning from PADI.  Once you purchase the eLearning, you will want to get started on completing the eLearning modules.  Click here to purchase your eLearning. 

STEP 2: Contact Us To Schedule An Orientation & Purchase Gear

Prior to starting your confined water dives in the pool, you will want to contact West Shore Scuba to schedule an orientation to complete your paperwork which includes a required diver medical form.  (If any response on the diver medical form is a "yes," it may require your doctor's signature, so, getting this done sooner than later is your best bet.)  While you're at the shop, you also want to purchase your personal scuba equipment - mask, booties, fins, snorkel and logbook - to be prepared to begin your underwater adventure.

Email us to setup your Paperwork and Orientation.

STEP 3: Confined Water Dives ($200 paid to West Shore Scuba)

The next step toward becoming a certified Open Water Diver is to complete your confined water dives.  (You can join us to complete your confined water dives before your eLearning is entirely finished.)  Our current class schedule can be found here on our Calendar.

STEP 4: Open Water Check Out Dives ($375 paid to West Shore Scuba)

After completing your eLearning and confined water dives, the next and final step of earning your Open Water Diver certification is to complete 4 open water check out dives.  When the weather is favorable, we typically use Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA to complete the open water check out dives.  You can also opt to take advantage of opportunities to complete your open water check out dives during one of our upcoming trips.  The cost for completing the open water check out dives during one of our trips is $125 + the cost of the trip.  If you decide to finish your open water check out dives with another dive operator, a referral fee of $40 will apply.

Starting from
$375.00

Availability: Contact us for booking information

What You Learn

During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you'll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it a rewarding challenge.  Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you met the course requirements. Dive centers and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll be trained to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It's just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures.

 

Prerequisites & Requirements

Age Requirement: 10 years or older

Course Prerequisites: Able to swim; medically fit for diving

Time Commitment: Approximately 8-15 hours

 

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 make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

 

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer and a tank.

Prior to your confined water dives, you will want to stop by West Shore Scuba to purchase your personal scuba equipment - mask, booties, fins, snorkel and log book - to be prepared to begin your underwater adventure.  While you're at the shop, you will also want to complete your required paperwork.

During your Open Water Diver certification, West Shore Scuba will provide you with a BCD, regulator, dive computer, tanks, weights and wetsuit. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a West Shore Scuba staff member in order to ensure your comfort throughout the course.

 

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