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

The PADI Open Water Diver Course

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.

COURSE PRICE & DURATION: $430.00 2 to 4 Day Confined Training
$720.00 3 Day Express Courses
$710.00 Semi Private Confined Training
$845.00 Private Confined Training
 PREREQUISITES: 10 years old Potential Signed Dive Medical Form COURSE CONTENTS: Completion of 5 Knowledge Development Segments, including Quizzes and Final Exam. Completion of Confined Water Dives 1-5 Meet watermanship requirements Completion Open Water Dives 1-4 EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Required Equipment LINKS: Medical Questionnaire (pdf)
Liability Release (pdf)
Statement of Understanding (pdf)

What You Learn

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

  • Knowledge Development (on-line 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

How it works

  • Course Prices are for eLearning & Confined Water
  • (Exception - Express course includes open water dives)
  • Open Water Dives at Lake Hydra: $215.00
  • Lake Entrance fee: $60.00 per diver / per day
  • Rental for Open Water Dive weekend $110.00
  • A referral can be requested instead of lake. See below


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

  • $430.00 to sign up
  • Parent or Guardian Signature for under 18 

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 in open water under the direct 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 an Atlantis Aquatics Crew member to ensure your comfort throughout the course.  After being personally fitted, each piece of scuba equipment will be explined to you, including the proper set-up, break-down and storage of your new gear.

Here at Atlantis Aquatics we have a full line of quality equipment from multiple manufacturers, all priced competitively.  

During the confined water pool sessions, your scuba unit will be provided.   Next, during the open water sessions, you will rent that same equipment, along with a wetsuit to keep you warm.

If you would like to purchase your scuba equipment before the open water dives, you will not need to rent equipment. Diving with your own gear is the best way to get the maximum enjoyment from your training and first dives.  

Atlantis Aquatics can make sure to match you perfectly with the gear that will serve you for years to come as your explore the wonderful world of underwater exploration.  Be sure to ask us about gear specials when signing up for new class!

We encourage divers to have their own equipment for maximum comfort, safety and reliability.  If you do purchase during your class, you will receive a 10% DISCOUNT on any single item you select.  Or for the best savings, purchase a Atlantis Student Equipment Package and receive a 17% DISCOUNT !

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI eLearning is included in your confined water training portion of your course. This is a home study experience that you can do in the convenience of your home, office or any place you like. The academics of the course will take an average of 10-12 hours total. This will need to be completed before your confined pool weekend or weekday sessions begin.  

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.

Scuba can be one of the most exciting things you will do in your lifetime, all you need is an eye for adventure and we can help you with the rest!

PADI Referral System

 If you will be traveling soon and would prefer to do your Open Water dives while on vacation, you can obtain a "referral form" from your instructor. Then you can start on vacation right where you left off with Atlantis. All PADI Instructors use the same exact training procedures to ensure your safe and consistant training.  We do suggest you rent warm water diving gear from us to take with you, so you will be sure to understand your equiment and be able to dive right into the fun!

Come on, let's jump in and get started...

Maybe SCUBA is something you've wanted to do since you were young.  Maybe someone you know got you interested, or maybe its on your "bucket list".   Whatever your reasons and desires, don't wait for someday, make your someday TODAY!

 For more information about this class or other PADI courses, have a chat with your Atlantis Aquatics crew member.