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CERTIFIED OPEN WATER DIVER 

Course Details

 

If you’ve always wondered what lies beneath the surface, now’s the time to find out. Start the journey of a lifetime with the PADI Open Water Diver course. It will change you forever. Throughout the course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing two separate sessions which are described below. 
 
Available Training Dates for Part 1 
See Schedule located on the right side bar

 
Available Training Dates for Part 2 
See Schedule located on the right side bar
 

PART 1 Cost and Session Description:

For a limited time ask how to receive a $99 dollar credit toward your PART 1 
Session Fee - $99.00, Crew Pack - $80.00, and Video - $50.00

 

Part 1: Get Started Diving!

Knowledge Development and Confined Water Skill Development

Learn the lingo. During the first phase of your instruction, you develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and what to consider when planning dives. The student is required to purchase a Crew Pack that contains a diving manual, student folder, log book, recreational dive planner, and an instructional DVD. 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. We will ask you to read the manual, fill out the chapter knowledge reviews, and watch the DVD prior to the first class meeting.  

We will customize class schedules for individual needs, but we normally start the class room portion on Friday evening at 6:00 pm. You briefly review what you have studied in the five knowledge sections with your instructor and take a short quiz to be sure you're getting it. On Saturday morning, you'll take a longer quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down. You and your instructor will review anything that you don’t quite get until it's clear.  

On Saturday afternoon (remember we can customize your schedule) we head to a warm POOL. This is what it's all about - DIVING. You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you will learn everything from setting up your scuba gear to how to easily get water out of your scuba mask without surfacing. You will also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water. It usually takes both Saturday and Sunday afternoon to finish the confined water skills.

 

Part 2: Go Diving! Cost and Session Description: 

Session Fee - $160.00

Open Water Dives - Locally or on Vacation

After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you've made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure - at the beginner level, of course. You have up to 12 months after completing the Part 1 to complete the Part 2. You may make these dives near your home or at a more exotic destination while on a scuba vacation.   

    • Course Costs - Part 2
    • $160 (includes instruction and gear; BCD, Regulator, gauges , wetsuit/weight belt). 
    • $10.00 daily fee if you need mask, fins, boots, and snorkel
    • $15.00 per day park fees
    • $5.00 air fills ($20.00 flat fee)
    • Transportation, food, lodging, and other miscellaneous personal expenses (We have a list of local hotels that give Amber Waves a discount)

BEFORE YOU START DOWN LOAD AND FILL OUT FORMS
This session can usually be completed over a weekend.

 

OPEN WATER REFERRALS: 

If you have scheduled a trip we will provide you with a referral for PART 2 if you complete PART 1 with us. 
 
Prerequisite:
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably comfortable in the water can learn to dive. If you are currently under the care of a medical doctor or have a pre-existing condition that requires permission from a physician, you will need to have a PADI medical release form provided by Amber Waves Diving Company prior to any in-water activities. 
 
Minimum Age: 10 
 
A junior Open Water Certification is provided to children ages 10-14. 

Course Includes:

    • Personalized instruction by a certified PADI Instructor & Divemaster.
    • All SCUBA gear for use during PARTS 1 & 2 at no additional charge. Includes; BCD, regulator, octopus, gauges with compass, wet-suit, weights and tank.
    • All air fills for PART 1.
    • PADI Certification card upon successful completion of PART 1 & 2 sessions.
    • For your safety, all Amber Waves dive instructors are certified professionals, with current training in Emergency First Response (CPR/AED/Oxygen Administration).

Your Responsibilities:

    • Provide scuba mask, fins, and snorkel and dive boots.
    • Purchase a PADI Open Water Diver Crew Pack.
    • Prior to first classroom Part 1 session you must watch the PADI instructional video, read all of the course materials and complete all 5 knowledge reviews.
    • Provide entry fee for PART 2 dive site and any necessary air fills.

BEFORE YOU START DOWN LOAD AND FILL OUT FORMS

 

NEED MORE FLEXIBILITY? PADI eLEARNING MAY BE FOR YOU!

And now, you can learn online with PADI through eLearning! Just click on the logo at the right and you can start your class right this minute online. You will work at your own pace, and then join us for some review and the fun and excitement of learning in the pool! This is a convenient way to fit learning to dive into a busy schedule. You will work with outstanding online learning materials, and if you have any questions, you can email one of our friendly Instructors for some help. Or, continue reading to learn about our other class options.

Forms - Download & Fill Out

You can fill out your liability release paperwork online with Amber Waves! Below are the forms you will need to complete, in .pdf format, before your certification. Print these off, fill them out and bring them in to eliminate the time spent in the store filling out paperwork!

Equipment Rental & Liability Release

Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding

Medical Statement Form

Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement

Adventures/Specialty Diver Programs Release & Risk Agreement

Certified Diver Experience Programs Release & Risk Agreement

NITROX Release & Risk Agreement