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Open Water Diver (OWD)


Knowledge Development - Five Sessions

This develops your familiarity with basic principles and procedures. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and what to consider when planning dives. You complete Knowledge Development on your own, reading each of five sections of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual and watching the corresponding section of the PADI Open Water Diver Video (which also previews skills you'll learn). You briefly review what you studied in each section with your instructor and take a short quiz to be sure you're getting it. At the end of the course, you take an exam that makes sure you've got all the key concepts and ideas down.

Number of Dives

Five Confined Water Dives

This is what it's all about, diving. You develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in a body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you?ll learn everything from setting up your gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing. You'll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air ? just in case. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.

Four Open Water Dives

After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you?ve made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you have fun putting it all together and fully experience the underwater adventure ? at the beginner level, of course. This may include dives nearby, or at a more exotic destination.


Upon Successful Completion

You will earn your International PADI Open Water certification card

Standard Class Sizes: 2 to 3 students maximum.

Standard Open Water Diver Class: $649.00 + tax
- Mask: Tusa mask
- Fins: Tusa SF- 0102 Duo
- Snorkel: SP-170
- Gloves: 3mm
- Boots: 5mm
- Boat Bag
- Open Water Diver crew-pak (includes manual, DVD, and logbook)
- Use of facility equipment
- Pool Sessions
- Open Water Dives
- Instruction
- Processing
- Unlimited practice time in our pool

Gear Upgrade: add $150.00
- Mask: Upgraded Tusa mask
- Fins: Tusa SF-15 Split Fin
- Snorkel: Hyperdry Max SP-200
- Gloves: Waterproof Gloves
- Boots: Waterproof Boot

Gear Price only valid if taking the Open Water Diver Course.

eLearners do not buy books but must register through PADI.com.


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