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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.

 

Prerequisites & Requirements

Age Requirement
10 years or older
 
Course Prerequisites
Able to swim; medically fit for diving
 
Time Commitment
Approximately 8-15 hours
 
Cost:
$450 per person  All materials and fees included.  All equipment included including mask, fins, snorkel and  boots (no need to buy).
We provide high quality, gently used mask, fins, snorkel and boots, but if you would like to purchase these items for class or shortly after, you will receive $100 towards that purchase.
 
 

Available Languages

English, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Danish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Dutch, German, French, Japanese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional.

For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.

 

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 your local dive center about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Instructor.

 

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.

2021 Open Water Diver Certification Course Schedule

In-Person Academic Session at Midwest Scuba

April

April 14 & 15, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 4/14 & 4/15 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/19 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/1 & 5/2 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


 

April 17, 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 4/17 . 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/19 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/1 & 5/2 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


May

May 4 & 5, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 5/4 & 5/5 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  5/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/22 & 5/23 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


 

May 12 & 13, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 5/12 & 5/13 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  5/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/22 & 5/23 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


 

May 15, 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 5/15 . 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pool:  5/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/22 & 5/23 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


June

June 1 & 2, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

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

Pool:  6/7 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  6/12 & 6/13 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


June 5, 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 6/5 . 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pool:  6/7 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  6/13 & 6/14 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


 

June 29 & 30, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 6/29 & 6/30 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  7/12 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  7/17 & 7/18 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


July

July 10 , 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 6/29 & 6/30 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  7/12 . 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dives:  7/17 & 7/18 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


 

July 21 & 22, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 7/21 & 7/22 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  7/26 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  7/31 & 8/1 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


July 24, 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 7/24 . 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pool:  7/26 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  7/31 & 8/1 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


August

August 3 & 4, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 8/3 & 8/4 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  8/16 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/21 & 8/22 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


August 11 & 12, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 8/11 & 8/12 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  8/16 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/21 & 8/22 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


August 14, 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 8/14 . 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pool:  8/16 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/21 & 8/22 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


August 18 & 19, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 8/18 & 8/19 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  8/30. 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/4 & 9/5 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


August 28, 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 8/28 . 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pool:  8/30 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/4 & 9/5 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


September

September 1 & 2, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 9/1 & 9/2 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  9/13 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/18 & 9/19 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


September 8 & 9, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 9/8 & 9/9 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  9/13 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/18 & 9/19 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


September 11, 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 9/11 . 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pool:  9/13 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/18 & 9/19 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


September 22 & 23, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 9/22 & 9/23 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  10/4 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  10/9 & 10/10 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


September 28 & 29, 2021 (Weekday Evening Class)

Class: 9/28 & 9/29 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pool:  10/4 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  10/9 & 10/10 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


October

October 2, 2021 (Saturday Class)

Class: 10/2 . 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Pool:  10/4 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  10/9 & 10/10 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Online Academics with Orientation Night.

April

April 13, 2021

Orientation: 4/13 . 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool:  4/19 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/1 & 5/2 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


May

May 10, 2021 (Monday Evening)

Orientation: 5/10 . 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool:  5/17 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  5/22 & 5/23 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


June

June 3, 2021 (Thursday Evening)

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

Pool:  6/7 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  6/13 & 6/14 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


July

July 8, 2021 (Thursday Evening)

Orientation: 7/8 . 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool:  7/12 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  7/17 & 7/18 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


 

July 20, 2021 (Tuesday Evening)

Orientation: 7/20 . 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool:  7/26 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  7/31 & 8/1 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


August

August 10, 2021 (Tuesday Evening)

Orientation: 8/10 . 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool:  8/16 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/21 & 8/22 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


 

August 26, 2021 (Tuesday Evening)

Orientation: 8/26 . 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool:  8/30 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  9/4 & 9/5 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


September

September 9, 2021 (Thursday Evening)

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

Pool:  9/13 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives: 9/18 & 9/19 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


 

September 30, 2021 (Tuesday Evening)

Orientation: 9/30 . 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool:  10/4 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  10/9 & 10/10 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


October

October , 2021 (Tuesday Evening)

Orientation: 8/10 . 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pool:  8/16 . 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dives:  8/21 & 8/22 . 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

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