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 confined open water dives and four boat dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
Who can enroll?
Children as young as 10 years old (12 years old in some countries) can enroll in the Junior Open Water course and those 15 years and older can enroll in the Open Water course. Junior Open Water certified divers are automatically upgraded to Open Water divers on their 15th birthday with no need for re-certification.
You’ll also need to be in good health with no major health problems, and be able to swim
What does the course qualify you to do?
When you’re certified as PADI Open Water diver you’ll be able to dive to 60 feet / 18 meters (40 feet / 12 meters for 10-12 year olds) whenever you’re accompanied by a fellow diver of the same or higher certification level (the other diver must be 18 or older for Junior Open Water divers). You don’t have to be accompanied by a Divemaster or Instructor, but can be if you’d prefer. You’re also eligible to do the PADI Advanced Open Water course and many specialties.
How long does the PADI Open Water Diver course take?
The course is usually taught over 3 to 4 days. You can even start your theory in the comfort of your own home, if you choose.
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