Diver certification begins here.

Description

During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it a rewarding challenge.

The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions. You’ll enjoy making one or more minidives, which take you through the same steps you follow when you make open water dives. To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives at a local dive site.

Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you met the course requirements. Dive centers and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll be trained to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It’s just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventure.

 

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (Online with PADI eLearning) to understand basic principles of scuba diving coupled with an in-person orientation at MIDWEST SCUBA.
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills (indoor swimming-pool)
  • 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 Open Water Referral might be right for you.  The referral process is easy.  You complete your knowledge development and pool portion of class with us and finish your four open water dives with a different PADI dive center.  Ask Midwest Scuba staff for more details.

 

Prerequisites & Requirements

Age Requirement
10 years or older

 

Course Prerequisites
Able to swim; medically fit for diving

 
 

Cost:

$550 per person.
$450 for referral (knowledge development and pool only)
 
All materials and fees included.  All equipment included including mask, fins, snorkel and boots (no need to buy).
New for 2023!
Every student diver will receive a pair of brand-new, premium dive boots.  Think of it like your dive gear… on us!

 

scubapro delta dive boot

Let’s recap here…

Cost is $550, tax inclusive.  Everything you need for the course is included.  All your equipment is supplied for use and each diver will receive a NEW pair of boots to keep your feet warm and protected during class!

 
Not doing your dives with us?
That’s cool.  Referrals are very common.  Class and pool only is the same deal, just no dives and is $450.  All equipment once again provided for pool and each referral diver will receive brand new boots as well!
 
 
We provide high quality mask, fins, snorkel and boots, but if you would like to purchase these items for class or shortly after, you will receive a student discount towards that purchase.

 

Equipment

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.

We provide high quality masks, fins and snorkels for your PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course.

 

Getting Started

You can start your learning now with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver eLearning. Select referral or full SCUBA certification below and you will receive access to the academic materials via email.  You should stop by or contact us at Midwest Scuba to speak to a PADI Instructor about scheduling time for in-water 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.

2023 Open Water Diver Certification Course Schedule

March

 
March 23, 2024

Orientation: 3/23 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 3/25 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  Starting in May or Referral

 

 

April

 
April  2, 2023

Orientation: 4/2 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 4/8 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  Starting in May or Referral

 
April 6 , 2024

Orientation: 4/6 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 4/8 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  Starting in May or Referral

 
April  17, 2023

Orientation: 4/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 4/22 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/4 & 5/5 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

April 20 , 2024

Orientation: 4/20 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 4/22 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/4 & 5/5 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

May

 
May 2, 2023

Orientation: 5/2 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 5/6 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/25 & 5/26 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

May 4 , 2024

Orientation: 5/4 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 5/6 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/25 & 5/26 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

May 14, 2023

Orientation: 5/14 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 5/20 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/25 & 5/26 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

May 18, 2024

Orientation: 5/18 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 5/20 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/25 & 5/26 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

May 29, 2023

Orientation: 5/29 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 6/3 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  6/8 & 6/9 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

June

 

June 1, 2024

Orientation: 5/18 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 6/3 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives: 6/8 & 6/9 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

June 11, 2023

Orientation: 6/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 6/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  6/22 & 6/23 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

June 15, 2024

Orientation: 6/15 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 6/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives: 6/22 & 6/23 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

June 26, 2023

Orientation: 6/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 6/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  6/22 & 6/23 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

June 29, 2024

Orientation: 6/29 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 7/1 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives: 7/6 & 7/7 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

July

 

July 11, 2023

Orientation: 7/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 7/15 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  7/20 & 7/21 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

July 13, 2024

Orientation: 7/13 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 7/15 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives: 7/20 & 7/21 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

July 23, 2023

Orientation: 7/23 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 7/29 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/3 & 8/4 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

July 27, 2024

Orientation: 7/27 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 7/29 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/3 & 8/4 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

August

 

August 7, 2023

Orientation: 8/7 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 8/12 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/17 & 8/18 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

August 10, 2024

Orientation: 8/10 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 8/12 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/17 & 8/18 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

August 22, 2023

Orientation: 8/22 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 8/26 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/31 & 9/1 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

August 24, 2024

Orientation: 8/24 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 8/26 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/31 & 9/1 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

September

 

September 3, 2023

Orientation: 9/3 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 9/9 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/14 & 9/15 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

September 7, 2024

Orientation: 9/7 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 9/9 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/14 & 9/15 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

September 18, 2023

Orientation: 9/18 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 9/23 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/28 & 9/29 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 
September 21, 2024

Orientation: 9/21 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 9/23 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/28 & 9/29 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

October

 
October 3, 2023

Orientation: 10/3 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 10/7 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  10/12 & 10/13 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

October 5, 2024

Orientation: 10/5 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 10/7 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  10/12 & 10/13 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

October 15, 2023

Orientation: 10/15 . 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pool: 10/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  10/26 & 10/27 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

October 19, 2024

Orientation: 10/19 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 10/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  10/26 & 10/27 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

November

 
November 2, 2024

Orientation: 11/2 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 11/4 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  Starting in May 2025 or Referral

 

November 16, 2024

Orientation: 11/16 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 11/18 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  Starting in May 2025 or Referral

 

December

 
December 14, 2024

Orientation: 12/14 . 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pool: 12/16 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  Starting in May 2025 or Referral

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Daphne

    Hi,
    I want to purchase two Padi certification packages and start on August 5th 2023, the website doesn’t allow me. Also I wanted to ask where the open water dives will take place?
    Thank you

    1. Kris

      Daphne

      Very sorry to leave you hanging. We are working to fix the issue you’re having with signing up. It should be up and running soon. Feel free to give us a shout anytime at 636-255-0707.

      We are excited to say we use Mermet Springs as our default open water training site. Visit them at http://www.mermetsprings.com.

      Kris

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