PADI Open Water

Learn to scuba dive and explore the open waters


Taking scuba diving lessons is a crucial step in deciding whether diving is for you. If you’ve always wanted to fully get to grips with the open water and experience the underwater world, get qualified as a PADI open water diver. This PADI Open Water Diver course is your first step to scuba diving certification. It is the world’s most popular and recognised course of its kind and PADI has supported millions of divers taking their first trip underwater, through to qualification and certification as fully fledged scuba divers.

PADI Open Water Diver and Junior Open Water Diver courses are available at PADI centres around the world.

Students doing a lesson underwater

Who can gain PADI Open Water Diver certification?

Anyone over the age of 10 can take a PADI Open Water Diver (or Junior Open Water Diver) course. You will need to have good swimming skills and be of good physical health and fitness. PADI Open Water Diver courses are suitable for people with no scuba diving experience, although some people choose to take a PADI Discover Scuba experience first.

What makes up a PADI Open Water Diver course?

There are several elements to the PADI Open Water Diver Course:


PADI offer an online training program so you can learn the academic side of the course at your own pace. You can complete this at home or at your chosen PADI Dive Shop or Resort Centre.


The PADI Open Water Diver Course will teach you to use basic scuba equipment, required for regular dives. You will become acquainted and familiar with masks, snorkels, fins, regulators, air cylinders and buoyancy control devices. The equipment required will vary dependent on the diving location, with different equipment needed for tropical climates and cold water dives, for example.

Pool Training

Once you are equipped and have a good understanding of your scuba equipment, pool-based dive training can begin. You can put into practice the techniques studied in the academic program and begin trainee diving before your instructor approves you for open water dives.

Open Water

Once you head out into the open water you can begin to experience the true exhilaration and fun of scuba diving. Your instructor will guide you through your dives and once approved, you will be classed as a certified diver and ready to experience scuba diving around the world.

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