Open Water Diver
If you’ve always wondered what lies beneath
the surface, now’s the time to find out. Start
the journey of a lifetime with the London
Scuba Centre Open Water Course. It will
change you forever! In the Open Water Diver
course, your Instructor takes you through all
the basics of learning how to scuba dive. You will begin in our indoor, custom built, salt-water pool and progress to the open water (ocean, lake, quarry, etc.). Earning your Open Water Diver certification is just the beginning. As a certified diver, fabulous dive destinations, exciting people, unparalleled adventure, and unfathomable tranquility awaits you. As you begin your adventure and gain experience through continuing education, your opportunities are truly endless.
The minimum age for the Junior Open Water Diver is 12 and the Open Water Diver 15.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.
Short on time? The PADI Scuba Diver course might be right for you.
What will I do?
If you choose to register for the weekday classroom course, you will receive a Student Material Package with a hard copy manual. The open water manual consists of 5 chapters, each chapter followed by a Knowledge Review to be completed prior to each class. The in class sessions will be dedicated to the instruction and review of these chapters. Once your instructor has determined that you have a full understanding of each chapter, it’s time to go diving! Classes are held Tuesday or Thursday from 6pm-9pm
If you choose to register for the On-Line / Weekend course you will receive your On-Line Course Code via email. Now you are ready to begin learning in the comfort of your own home! Once you have completed all the on-line academics, there will be a consultation session and then off to the pool. With the convenience of our indoor, custom built, saltwater pool just steps away from the classroom, you’ll have 10 hours of pool time to practice and perfect the skills you’ve learned. Extra Pool time is available if needed. Pool sessions are held two Saturdays each month from 11am to 5pm or you can choose 4 Tuesdays from 6pm-9pm. Please check our calendar for dates that work.
What will I need?
For your Open Water course you will need to provide your own personal gear, consisting of mask, snorkel, boots & fins. If you do not own your own gear, students of the London Scuba Centre will receive a 10% discount on any gear purchased for the course. Some of the other benefits of purchasing gear from the London Scuba Centre is the convenience of exchange during the course if the gear does not fit properly.
To complete your certification, you will be required to perform the skills you’ve mastered in the pool in an Open Water environment (ocean, lake, quarry) though 4 Open Water Dives. The London Scuba Centre schedules Open Water weekends throughout the dive season, visiting some of our favorite dive destinations. If your plans are to finish your open water dives down south on your vacation, we do offer a global referral and will help guide you through the referral process.