PADI Open Water Diver

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course - the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enrol in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

What the Course Entails

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!

Course Duration: 4 Days

Course Pre-requisites

The minimum age is 10 years old (in most areas). Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for PADI eLearning, or to use PADI Open Water Diver Touch™.

Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want

Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

Course Flow

Diver certification begins here. Start with PADI's online eLearning course. Move to the pool and practice your new skills. Then experience four open water (ocean/lake) dives.

How Can I Get Started?

Enrol in Open Water Diver Online PADI’s eLearning option and you can start learning right away. PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. Get started now!

You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Stop by your local PADI dive shop to enrol in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.

What is the next adventure?

You can continue the adventure with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Then you will be able to explore deeper depths and under the moon light at night.

Holidays featuring this Course

Solo Divers

Velidhu Island Resort

Maldives, Ari Atoll

The contemporary Velidhu Island Resort is located on a tropical island surrounded by a pristine coral reef teeming with exquisite marine life including barracuda, sharks, turtles and rays!

  • Located on North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Beach & water bungalows
  • Spa facilities available
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Ideal resort for couples

Solo Divers

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

Bonaire, Bonaire

The Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is ideally located along the west coast of Bonaire with fantastic diving. This bustling resort is great for families, couples and divers alike!

  • 126 oceanfront and garden rooms
  • Located close to restaurants and bars
  • Pool/Spa/Baby Sitting/Casino/Gym
  • Dive centre on-site
  • Room only basis
  • Great for divers and families

Solo Divers

Rihiveli Beach Resort

Maldives, Male Atoll

Rihiveli Beach Resort is located on a quiet island offering a rustic, barefoot existence and with direct access to the colourful house reef this certainly is a delightful resort.

  • Located on South Male Atoll
  • Rustic Maldivian island retreat
  • 48 beachfront bungalows
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Full and Half board basis
  • Array of watersports activities

Solo Divers

San Andrea Hotel

Gozo, Gozo

The charming and intimate San Andrea Hotel is located on Xlendi’s promenade overlooking the Mediterranean sea, making it a perfect getaway on an island blessed by idyllic and beautiful scenery!

  • Great views of Xlendi Bay
  • 28 sea and mountain view rooms
  • Only 3 minutes walk from Moby Dives
  • Bed and Breakfast basis
  • Great learn to dive hotel
  • Bar/Room Service/Roof Terrace

Solo Divers

Kempinski Resort & Spa

Gozo, Gozo

The luxurious Kempinski San Lawrenz Resort & Spa is an exclusive resort surrounded by lush green gardens on the island of Gozo. This idyllic hotel is perfect for families and couples alike!

  • 5* International resort
  • 122 rooms (standard/deluxe/suites)
  • Top class spa facilities
  • Quiet location in north Gozo
  • Pool/Bar/Kids Club/Baby Sitting
  • Great for families and non divers

Solo Divers

Ulysses Apart Hotel

Gozo, Gozo

Ulysses Apart Hotel is the newest extension of the Moby Dives complex. Ulysses Aparthotel is a family-run 3 Star Plus Hotel situated in Xlendi Bay, 5 minutes away from the beach front.

  • Moby Dives on ground floor
  • Wheelchair access
  • Perfect for school groups and clubs
  • Bar / Restaurant
  • Ideal for dive and stay packages.
  • Purpose built scuba training pool

Solo Divers

Ports Of Call Resort

Turks & Caicos, Provo

The Ports of Call Resort formerly known as Comfort Suites Hotel offers affordable, standard hotel accommodation on the Providenciales Island just 15 minutes from the international airport.

  • 98 Spacious Junior Suites
  • BB basis included
  • 2 minutes walk from Grace Bay
  • Casino and Golf club local to hotel
  • Local to shopping centre
  • Good for nightlife

Solo Divers

Point Grace

Turks & Caicos, Provo

This is an extraordinary Caribbean retreat, located at the Point of the pristine twelve mile beach of Grace Bay just 15 minutes from Providenciales international airport.

  • 30 cottages and different sized suites
  • Grace Bay privileged location
  • Award winning a’la carte restaurant
  • Served by Dive Provo
  • Great for families & couples
  • Beachfront location

Solo Divers

Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

Philippines, The Visayas

Exotic Dive & Beach Resort is the perfect hotel with a variety of rooms, a magnificent beachfront location, out of this world thresher shark diving experiences and a unique man-made house reef.

  • Beachfront located divers resort
  • 29 rooms with choice of types
  • Choice of BB, HB or FB basis
  • Daily thresher shark diving
  • Dive centre on-site
  • Diving at Gato Island

Solo Divers

Club Paradise

Philippines, Palawan & Tubbataha

Club Paradise is set on the beautiful Dimakya Island amidst sparkling turquoise waters filled with delights such as dugongs, green turtles and the Japanese freighter Kyokuzan Maru wreck.

  • Private island resort
  • Explore the island on foot
  • Great house reef diving
  • Dive with dugongs
  • Choice of BB or HB basis
  • Dive centre on-site