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OPEN WATER DIVER The world's most popular scuba diving course

The PADI Open Water Diver course with TRI-CITY SCUBA CENTRE

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

What You Learn

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

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving,
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills,
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you've participated in a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.


To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws).

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is...well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a TRI CITY SCUBA CENTRE Representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course - book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD. Recently PADI has enhanced this program by offering the learning material in an Elearning environment via the internet.

Contact TRI-CITY SCUBA CENTRE to personalise the best study option for you!

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. Then you'll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor.

What Version of the Course Do I Pick?

The Open Water Diver course comes in 2 versions, the "Referral" course and the "Complete" course. The Referral version contains the first 2 modules, eLearning and confined water (pool sessions). You will receive paperwork to complete your Open Water Diver Checkout Dives with another PADI facility anywhere in the world. Click Here to sign up.

The complete course is the Referral course plus the Open Water Diver Chekout Dives, and is finished up locally with Tri-City Scuba Centre. Divers who take the course in the winter months will complete their chekouts May-October, and will be notified when the dates are scheduled so they can book their dates with the shop. Click Here to sign up.

Organization/Getting Started

We run the knowledge development and pool sessions year-round so divers can get certified at their convenience. A typical course schedule is the first weekend of the month (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) with classroom sessions and pool sessions. Our organization page can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

The Open Water checkout dives are completed from the end of May into October (sometimes in a warm November), and are one weekend - typically the 3rd of the month. Both days start at 9:00am and end at around 2:00pm. That's it! You are certified!!

If you want to start early, you can click on THIS LINK to start the intake paperwork, including a medical questionnaire. Sign up now, right here, or come into the store to become a diver.

We look forward to getting in the water with you.

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