Diver certification begins here.

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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.

Academic

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 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
 
Time Commitment
Approximately 8-15 hours
 
Cost:
$500 per person.
$400 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).
 
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 mask, fins, snorkel and boots for your PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course.

 

Getting Started

If you would like to do your academic portion online, you can start your learning now with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver eLearning. You should 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.

If you prefer in-person academics, stop by the store to get your student materials (included in the cost of class).  Registration and mild pre-study is required for in person academics.  Contact Midwest Scuba for more details.

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Referral Program

Whether you are short on time, or you just prefer to complete your four open water dives on vacation. We get it. The referral process is super easy and we'll still be there to help, every step of the way!

2021 Open Water Diver Certification Course Schedule

In-Person Academic Session at Midwest Scuba.


 

January 2022

 

January 5, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 1/5 & 6 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  1/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

January 10, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 1/10 & 11 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  1/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

January 15, 2022 (Saturday Class)

Class: 1/15 . 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pool:  1/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

January 24, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 1/24 & 25 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  2/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

January 15, 2022 (Saturday Class)

Class: 1/29 . 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pool:  2/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

February 2022

 

February 7, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 2/7 & 8 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  2/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

February 16, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 2/16 & 17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  2/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

February 19, 2022 (Saturday Class)

Class: 2/19 . 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pool:  2/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

March 2022

 

March 1, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 3/1 & 2 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  3/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

March 9, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 3/9 & 10 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  3/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

March 14, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 3/14 & 15 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  3/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

March 19, 2022 (Saturday Class)

Class: 3/19 . 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pool:  3/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

March 23, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 3/23 & 24 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

March 28, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 3/28 & 29 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

April 2022

 

April 2, 2022 (Saturday Class)

Class: 4/2 . 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

April 6, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 4/6 & 7 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

April 9, 2022 (Saturday Class)

Class: 4/9 . 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

April 13, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 4/13 & 14 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/25 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

April 16, 2022 (Saturday Class)

Class: 4/16 . 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/25 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

April 18, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 4/18 & 19 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/25 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

April 20, 2022 (Weeknight Classes)

Class: 4/20 & 21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/25 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 

April 23, 2022 (Saturday Class)

Class: 4/23 . 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/25 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Online Academics with Orientation Night.

Orientation will be conducted in person at Midwest Scuba.


 

January 2022

 

Orientation: Attend Orientation By Appointment Prior to Pool.

Pool:  1/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

February 2022

 

 

Orientation: Attend Orientation By Appointment Prior to Pool.

Pool:  2/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

March 2022

 

Orientation: Attend Orientation By Appointment Prior to Pool.

Pool:  3/21 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  ~ Referral Only ~

 

 

April 2022

 

 

Orientation: Attend Orientation By Appointment Prior to Pool.

Pool:  4/11 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 5/8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Orientation: Attend Orientation By Appointment Prior to Pool.

Pool:  4/25 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/7 & 5/8 . 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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