Who should take this course?
If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. West Shore Scuba is a PADI 5 Star Dive Center. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
What will you learn?
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Open Water Certification Dives to use your skills and explore!
You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.
How can you start learning now?
You can also start learning by two different methods. Learning totally on your own location, schedule and pace, is called eLearning or choose the other method, a more classic approach. Hmmm, which way is right for me?
Let's look at eLearning first. You do it at home, or on the plane or train, but not while you are driving. You either use a website to gain the knowledge, or use your tablet type device to download the app. You do the whole Knowledge Development on your own, even the quizzes. In this case, you are done with phase one (Knowledge Development ) as described above.
Sign-up for e-Learning
The second way is to use PADI’s home-study materials, the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Call or stop by the dive shop (phone number, address and directions at the bottom of the page) to enroll in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Then you will meet on the different pool session days with the rest of the class and review the material, and of course, do a short quiz to validate your learning progress.
View the upcoming classes (the website calls them events) or contact us (address and phone number at bottom of this page) and you can start learning right away.
What scuba gear will 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 and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.
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