This is PADI’s first level of full certification and now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with a dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.
Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You will also earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification that is recognized worldwide.
You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions, offered all year except Nov and Dec. These are followed by four open water dives, offered from late spring through to late fall, all through Sharky’s. The fee of $299 + tx listed above includes gear rental for pool sessions, learning materials, and certification. There is an additional rental fee for gear used during the open water dives and a refundable security deposit.
Each night of the course we have our theory portion in the store’s classrooms above Sharky’s on Wellington, then we go to Plant Recreational Centre pool at the corner of Preston and Sumerset. The course runs either every Tuesday or Thursday for 5 weeks, or every Tuesday and Thursday for 2.5 weeks, from 6pm-11:30pm. There are usually also one week-long weekday courses offered during the summer.
A popular option, especially during the winter months, is the Open Water Referral course. The indoor theory and pool sessions are completed through Sharky’s for a fee of $225 + tx, including gear rental for pool and learning materials. You then complete the open water dives at another PADI training facility, such as an exotic destination while on a scuba vacation. The fees for their rentals and certification are determined by the individual shops. This allows you to actually dive while on holiday, instead of spending you time indoors. If you choose this option, please specify it when you come in to Sharky’s for course signup.
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. Your underwater adventure can begin as soon as today with the new PADI Open Water Diver Video and interactive CD-ROM. You can view these materials at home, at your own pace and then meet with an instructor for further assistance. Open water learning options also include group or private instruction. This course offers tremendous flexibility and lets you work out individual needs with your instructor.
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. At some point in the course, your PADI Instructor will ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 meters/yards without swim aids or 300 meters/yards with mask, fins and snorkel. With the help of an expert instructor, you will also complete a series of knowledge reviews to get you on your way. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.
There is good news for college students interested in getting certified. Now the PADI Open Water Diver course is recommended for college credit(s), meeting the educational standards and requirements for credit at the college level, even when taught away from a college or university. Please see http://www.padi.com/scuba/scuba-diving-guide/start-scuba-diving/scuba-lessons-for-college-credit/default.aspx?id=222&terms=ace for details on how you can enjoy this fabulous sport AND get a recommendation for college credit!