Open Water Diver

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, it all starts here: The Open Water Diver Course.

The Open Water Diver course — the world’s most popular scuba diving lesson — has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. No previous experience is necessary. You’ll start our learning the theory of diving Open Water,” you can dive up to 18 meters (65 feet) anywhere in the world with any other certified diver. And Open Water is just the first step. You can go on to Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver or, if you’re really impassioned, become a Dive professional divemaster or instructor!


To enroll in the Open Water Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years or older Open Water Diver course certification and earn you a discount!

What You Learn

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The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development — Either online at home or in a classroom where you’ll learn the basic principles of scuba diving.
  • Confined Water — You’ll do at least five short dives in a swimming pool or shallow, protected area in the sea to put what you learned in the classroom into practice.
  • Open Water — You’ll do 4 dives to review your skills and explore!

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it!  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 instructor.

Books and Scuba Gear

Da’s Scuba Bookings offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most-convenient option, you may also choose a book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.

Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

As for the equipment, in the Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear and standard accessories. Da’s scuba bookings can even train you to use a dive computer and offer a discount when you buy one with your course.


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