The Open Water course is the first dive course to get a real license. The course takes about four days and starts almost immediately in the water. You learn how to use the equipment and do a few simple exercises. After the first pool session and basic information on dive safety, we take you to make your first dive. Then the pace is up to you, because afterward you must read the fluently written Open Water manual and take the tests after each chapter. You will also be required to take some multiple-choice tests and an exam which you will discuss afterward with your instructor, to make sure that you have understood all important information. With your instructor, you will then plan the remaining pool dives and three open water dives.
PADI Open Water Course:
Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 10 years old, are eligible to take the Peak Performance Buoyancy course. Academic During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to:
Equipment: It’s best to use your own scuba equipment, including a weight system, so that you fine-tune your buoyancy in gear you’ll use on every dive. Your PADI Instructor or our dive center staff can help you find the equipment that is best for you and your diving adventures.
“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the Fish Identification Specialty course. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics. If you’re at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the AWARE – Fish Identification course.
Academic Once you learn to recognize what types of fish you see, you’ll find it easier to reference the exact species after a scuba dive. For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but colors and markings may be wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, you can more easily look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the scuba instructor what you saw. During two scuba dives, you’ll learn:
The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit. Equipment Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll want a slate to record what you see and a fish identification card if available for your area.
Your PADI Instructor and our dive center staff may suggest additional equipment or references depending on what you’re likely to see on your dives.
Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed.
Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course. Academic Through class discussions and on two scuba dives, you’ll learn:
The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
Equipment Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a slate and pencil to record your observations.
Ask your PADI Instructor or PADI Dive Center or Resort staff about additional equipment you may want, such as a dive light to better see into cracks and crevices.