Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Course with SCUBA WEST


If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous 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.

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course 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!


To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older.
  • Be a comfortable swimmer.
  • Be in reasonably good health. (a medical release may be required for some students.)

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 BCD. regulators, tank and standard accessories. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a SCUBA WEST Representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course.

FAQS – click the FAQs link for answers to questions about learning to dive.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course including book and video, tablet application or eLearning. Recently PADI has enhanced this program by offering the learning material in an Elearning environment via the internet.

Contact SCUBA WEST to personalise the best study option for you!

PADI’s 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.

When, What and Where?

Our weekend program consists of two consecutive Saturdays and Sundaysfrom 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.Don’t worry, if you need to separate those weekends, just let us know and will show you options for your schedule.

included in your tuition is your PADI open water CrewPak which includes your manual, your log book, and dive planner. if you’d prefer to complete the knowledge development online, let us know. You will also have to watch the Open Water diver DVD before your class.

Scuba West complete your training right on our two and a half acre complex. When you pull into our parking lot you are just steps from our classroom, swimming pool and open water dive site, Hudson Grotto.

Some of your time in class will be spent learning about all the cool equipment, so don’t worry, we are going to supply most of that for your training. But there are a couple of things that you will need. A good mask, scuba fins with boots, and snorkel are all you need to get started. Scuba West offers all of our students discounted prices and your packages. The best part is we allow our clients to exchange any gear they are not happy with even after they’ve used it. Please contact us for more information.

On the first weekend, your time will be split between classroom discussions and our heated swimming pool. The second weekend will be spent at our dive site, Hudson Grotto, where you will complete four scuba dives under the direction of your instructor.