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.

 

What is PADI Open Water Diver (OWD)?
PADI Open Water Diver is the most widely recognized Diver Certification in the world. A PADI Open Water Diver is qualified to rent gear, have tanks filled and to plan and dive with a qualified buddy to the limit of their training and experience, up to 60’ deep. There are three main components to earning a certification: Knowledge Development (Online eLearning), Confined Water dives (typically in a pool) and Open Water Dives (Lake or Ocean). The Dives are typically done over 2 weekends, but this is very flexible based on the availability of both student and Instructor.

 

“Try” versus “Get Certified”
If you are not sure about the cost and commitment of a full certification, we offer a “Discover Scuba” program that allows you to try diving in a pool for only $50. There is no commitment to buy gear. With special arrangements, it may be possible for you to continue on with a full certification using your discover experience as Confined Dive 1.

 

Prerequisites & Requirements
Age Requirement: 10 Years or older.
Course prerequisites: Able to swim; medically fit for diving.

Time Commitment: Approximately 8-15 hours.
Completed Diver Medical Form: Click to download and fill out prior to getting in the water.
Completed PADI Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk/Non-agency Acknowledgement Form. Click to download.
Completed PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding. Click to download.

 

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 Will 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.

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.

 

 

STEP 1: eLearning ($195 paid directly to PADI online)

You will 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. The knowledge development portion of the Open Water Diver certification covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. Click here to purchase your eLearning.

 

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

Prior to scheduling your confined water dives in our pool, you will want to contact West Shore Scuba to schedule a visit to complete your necessary paperwork. While you're at the shop, you also want to purchase your personal scuba equipment - mask, booties, fins, snorkel and logbook. This will prepare you to begin your underwater adventure.

Included in the paperwork, is a required diver medical form which must be completed and submitted prior to getting in the water. This can be downloaded here and filled out in advance.

Note: As mentioned above, the diver medical form must be completed prior to beginning your confined water sessions. Depending on your answers on the diver medical form, it may require your doctor's signature. So, getting this done sooner than later is recommended.

 

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

The next step toward becoming a certified Open Water Diver is to complete your confined water dives. These are broken up into 5 dives over two consecutive days. During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions. You'll enjoy making one or more minidives, which take you through the same steps you follow when you make open 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.

Please contact the shop at, 717-836-7699 if you don't see any dates that work for you as we are able to create classes to meet your schedule. If you are working with a specific Instructor, please specify at that time as well.

 

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

The $375 includes all the scuba gear needed to complete your dives as well as admission to Dutch Springs for both days.

After completing your eLearning and your confined water dives, the next 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. 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 $175 in addition to 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. Our current class schedule can be found here

Please contact the shop at, 717-836-7699 if you don't see any dates that work for you as we are happy to create classes to meet your schedule. If you are working with a specific Instructor, please specify at that time as well.

Camping is available at Dutch Springs at a minimal cost during the weekend. Please visit the Dutch Springs website for more details.

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