The PADI Open Water Course is the most popular introductory certification for scuba divers. Upon completing this course, you will receive your PADI Open Water Diver Certification and be able to dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet. During the course, you will learn how to use your scuba equipment and perform the diving skills necessary to ensuring that your dives are safe, fun, and rewarding. The Open Water Course consists of the following:
- Knowledge Development: Through a combination of reading, short exercises, quizzes, and instructor-led training, you’ll learn the basic principles, concepts, and terms you need to know to safely enjoy scuba diving.
- Confined Open Water Dive: Your first dive will take place in the pool and your instructor will help you put the skills you’ve learned about into practice.
- 4 Open Water Dives: You’ll head out to some of Tulamben’s best dive sites to review and perfect the skills you’ve learned. These dives will also give you a chance to explore the sea and discover Tulamben’s fascinating marine environment.
- Final Exam: In order to successfully complete the course and receive your Open Water Certification, students must pass a written Final Exam.
No prior diving experience is required to participate in this course; however students must have adequate swimming skills, be in good physical health, and be at least 15 years old to receive their Open Water Diver Certification or 12-15 years old to receive their Junior Open Water Diver Certification.