If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.


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.

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.

Check with MIDWEST SCUBA about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Instructor.

Getting Started:

You can start your learning by signing up online through our online processing center. Simply select the course start date and make your payment. Then stop by MIDWEST SCUBA to pick up PADI’s home-study materials. You could also sign up for eLearning (doing your classroom session online). You will pay PADI directly for doing eLearning. When doing eLearning you should also stop by MIDWEST SCUBA to enroll in the course and speak to a PADI Instructor about scheduling time for inwater training. Your instructor will also answer any questions you have along the way and check your progress to make sure you understand important scuba diving information.

Course cost:$350

Course fee covers everything for your course, all study materials (excluding eLearning), dives, certification fees and all equipment (INCLUDING QUALITY MASK FINS SNORKEL AND BOOTS)



MIDWEST SCUBA 2020 OPEN WATER DIVER PROGRAM

April 29 & 30, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 4/29 & 30 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 5/30 & 5/31 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

May 4 & 5, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 5/4 & 5 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 5/30 & 5/31 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

May 13 & 14, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 5/13 & 14 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 5/30 & 5/31 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

May 16, 2020 Saturday Class

Class – 5/16 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 5/30 & 5/31 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

May 20 & 21, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 5/20 & 21 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 5/30 & 5/31 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

May 27 & 28, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 5/27 & 28 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 5/30 & 5/31 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 8 & 9, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 6/8 & 9 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 6/20& 6/21 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 13, 2020 Saturday Class

Class – 6/13 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 6/20 & 6/21 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 15 & 16, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 6/15 & 16 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 6/20 & 6/21 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 17 & 18, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 6/17 & 9 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 6/20 & 6/21 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 24 & 25, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 6/24 & 25 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 7/18 & 7/19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 29 & 30, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 6/29 & 30 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 7/18 & 7/19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

July 1 & 2, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 7/1 & 2 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 7/18 & 7/19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

July 6 & 7, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 7/6 & 7/7 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 7/18 & 7/19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

July 11, 2020 Saturday Class

Class – 7/11 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 7/18 & 7/19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

July 15 & 16, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 7/15 & 16 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 7/18 & 7/19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

July 22 & 23, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 7/22 & 23 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 8/8& 8/9 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

July 27 & 28, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 7/27 & 28 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 8/8 & 8/9 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

August 1, 2020 Saturday Class

Class – 8/1 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 8/8 & 8/9 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

August 3 & 4, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 3 & 4 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 8/8 & 8/9 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

August 5 & 6, 2020 Weekday Evening Class

Class – 8/5 & 8/6 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pool & Dives – 8/8 & 8/9 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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