Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you 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 metres/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.
What does it take to get your scuba certification?
The PADI Open Water certification process consists of independent study through eLearning, a knowledge review, pool skill development, and four open-water training dives. A 200 yard swim, and tread water for 10 minutes is required for water proficiency. In order to be certified you need to complete all skills and demonstrate adequate swim skills.
You can complete the independent study requirements using the PADI eLearning program when it suits you. The estimated time to complete the independent eLearning study is about 8-10 hours. The PADI eLearning program is included in our course fees and needs to be completed before you start your pool skill development.
Knowledge Review and Pool Skill Development
Our instructors will go over what you learned through independent study, eLearning, and then give you a quick knowledge review before entering the pool. You will at that point practice scuba skills in the pool with an instructor. Knowledge review and skill development sessions in the summertime, take place at our pool location in Perry Hall, Maryland. Winter time we teach at local indoor pools. We teach one or two weekends a month usually between 8-11AM in the morning on a Sunday morning and two evenings the following week. Contact us to schedule times that suit you or schedule your session below.
Open Water Training
You will have to complete four instructor supervised dives over two days to complete your Open Water certificate. These are usually done at local quarries. If you would like, you can complete your open water checkout dives during a vacation in warmer waters or on one of our group trips. Contact us for trip details. The Open Water training is additional $250 plus dive park fees (e.g. Dutch Spring or Lake Phoenix).
Ready to start?
Make sure that you go through the medical form, if you answer yes to any questions, we will need a medical clearance from your doctor before you can start.
- Medical form - Page 3 is only needed if a physician medical evaluation is needed.
If your medical form is completed and there are no issues, then please fill in the necessary information in this form:
Then download these forms and fill out:
Bear in mind that with minimum gear that you need to buy e.g. mask, fins, snorkel and boots, along with eLearning, pool sessions, open water training, water park fees that the total cost will likely be around $1,000 but slightly less if you don't do the open water training with us.
Pool Fees: Assesed depending on pool used for class.
Quarry Fees: $40 to $60 per day depending on venue
Air Fills at Quarry: $9 to $12 per tank depending on venue
Students must provide mask, fins, boots, and snorkel
All other required equipment is provided