Open Water Dive Course

During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you'll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it a rewarding challenge.

The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives.


Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions. You'll enjoy making one or more minidives, taking you through the same steps you follow when you make open water dives. To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives at a local dive site.

Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you have met the course requirements. Dive centers and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll be trained to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It's just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures.


Scuba certification requirements

  • eLearning (independent study)
  • Knowledge review
  • Pool skill development
  • Four open water dives
  • 200 yard swim
  • Tread water for 10 minutes
Knowledge review and pool skills
Open Water training

Ready to start? 

Make sure that you go through the medical form, before signing up, please reach out if you have any questions. Please also fill out the Diver information form and the PADI forms: 



    The eLearning and confined water (pool) training is just $525 (+tax), to be certified you also need to complete the open water portion as well and you need to buy mask, fins, snorkel and boots.


    Additional Costs:

    Pool Fees: Assesed depending on pool used for class.
    Quarry Fees: About $30 to $70 per day depending on venue
    Air Fills at Quarry: $9 to $12 per tank depending on venue
    Students must provide their own mask, fins, boots, and snorkel. All other required equipment is provided


      Upcoming pool training (each session is 2 days): 

      • April 14 & 21 (HCC)
      • May  17 & 18 (HCC)
      • June 1 & 8 (PHSC)
      • June 29 & 30 (PHSC)
      • July 13 & 14 (PHSC)
      • August 3 & 4 (PHSC)
      • August 24, 25 (PHSC)


      HCC - Harford Community College Pool

      PHSC - Perry Hall Swim Club Pool

      Certification dives are scheduled during the following months: 

      • July 20-21, 2024
      • September 13-14, 2024
      • Other dates can be arranged, contact us to find out.


      To start your dive adventure, sign up for your Open Water eLearning and pool portion today: 

      Want to break the cost down into several payments? Pay with PayPal with 4 interest free payments. If you want to secure a spot without a set date please use the following: 

      Pool & eLearning: $525 (+tax)

      Pool, eLearning & certification: $775 (+tax)


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