Get Certified! Take a Scuba Lesson with the PADI Open Water Diver Course

Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Start your scuba certification online.

PADI Open Water Diver

PADI Open Water divers

are qualified to:

• Dive with a buddy independent of supervision while applying the knowledge and skills they learn in this course, within the limits of their training and experience.

• Obtain air fills, scuba equipment and other services.

• Plan, conduct and log open water dives and no stop (no decompression) dives when properly equipped and when accompanied by a buddy in conditions with which they have training and/or experience.

• Continue their dive training with a specialty dive (Adventure Dive) in the PADI Adventures in Diving program or in Specialty courses.

PADI Open Water Diver

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course can be completed in four days and consists of three main phases:

• Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving

• Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills

• Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

A 200 meter continuous surface swim or a 300 meter swim with mask, snorkel and fin and a 10-minute swim/float without using any swim aids are also required for certification.

If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because 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 PADI Instructor.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water

Here in Thailand and almost everywhere in South East Asia you will use a 3mm wetsuit or shorty.

PADI Open Water Diver

The Learning Materials You Need


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





PADI Open Water Diver


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The PADI 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 (or pool-like environment) 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.