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Open Water Diver

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Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba diving certification, recognized globally for its comprehensive curriculum and high standards. This foundational course introduces beginners to the wonders of the underwater world, teaching essential skills and safety protocols needed to dive independently with a buddy. Through a combination of classroom sessions, confined water training, and open water dives, participants learn basic dive theory, equipment usage, dive planning, and underwater communication. By the end of the course, divers emerge with the knowledge and confidence to explore the ocean depths up to 18 meters (60 feet) under the guidance of a certified dive professional. The PADI Open Water Diver certification is not just a passport to adventure but a transformative journey into a realm of endless fascination and discovery beneath the waves.

The Open Water Diver class involves two weekends of training. The first weekend is in the pool and the second weekend is spent completing the open water skills at LAKE PHOENIX. Because of our individualized approach, we work to accommodate students that may need more time and instruction to be fully comfortable, competent, and safe divers. We are able to accommodate students that have a non-traditional schedule and will work around what best suits their time frame.

Skills you will learn:

  • Be a confident and skilled diver
  • Assemble and use scuba gear
  • Manage your buoyancy
  • Respectfully approach marine life
  • Handle common problems
  • Remove and replace a scuba mask underwater
  • Use hand signals to communicate underwater
  • Plan a dive
  • And more!


Course Requirements:

  • Online Academics –  E-Learning course that requires roughly 8-12 hours to complete.
  • Confined Water Dives – In our private dive training pool, you will complete at least 5 “mini-dives” to work on various skills so you can be safe and comfortable prior to the Open Water Dives.
  • Open Water Dives – This will be done at LAKE PHOENIX and will require four dives over two days.

Cost: $850

  • Online academics
  • e-log book
  • Access to the PADI ap Materials
  • BCD
  • Regulator
  • Weights
  • Wetsuit
  • Unlimited air
  • 2 days @ Fluvanna Dive Training pool
  • 2 days instruction @ the lake
  • 2 days lake entrance
  • PADI certified dive instructor and Dive Master
  • Certification e-card