Open Water Diver
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. Get started - Register for eLearning today. Questions? Contact us online or by phone 936-564-3483.
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 enroll 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.
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!
Short on time? The PADI Scuba Diver course might be right for you.
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.
Check with the Dive Store about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your Instructor.
Enroll 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 enroll 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.
Course Information - OW & Beginner Students Please Read Thoroughly!
Diver’s Depot Provides:
Use of Open Water Videos with a $50 deposit. Videos must be returned within seven (7) days, or deposit will be forfeited. The use of the video reduces required classroom sessions.
SCUBA gear for pool sessions.
SCUBA gear for open water training, including: tank, BCD (Buoyancy Compensating Devise), regulator, wet suit, and extra weights if needed. Rental fee not included in course fee. Rentals are free only with purchase of mask, fins, and snorkel.
Certification card upon completion of the course.
Mask, fins, snorkel, weight belt, and weights (approximately 4 lbs.).
PADI academic package (Crew Pack).
Note: If you provide your own scuba equipment, it must meet the safety requirements set by Diver’s Depot. No pro-rating of fee is permitted.
If you cannot participate in the scheduled open water training date, you need to talk to your instructor and have that date rescheduled.
Minimum of four students required for open water training weekend; we reserve the option of rescheduling if there are less than four students.
You are responsible for your own transportation, lodging, meals, and any camping or entrance fees at the dive site. Ask your instructor for details on the open water training dive location and fees. Some locations are free, but others are usually $15-$20 a day.
You will also be responsible for 2 additional air fills at approximately $8.00 each. The cost varies with location.
Gloves, booties, and knife are recommended.
If you are obtaining your open water certification through the Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Plus Courses, you must arrange the schedule with your instructor. Open water dives must be on consecutive days with am/pm schedule.
Traditional Instructor-led Training:
If you prefer to read the training manual and watch the dvd -instead of taking the online course- come by the store for more information.
eLearning provides you with materials online that replace the Traditional academic package (Crew Pack).
Course prices listed above still apply for water instruction.
For more information on eLearning, Click HERE.
The payment in full is required to reserve a spot in any class.
If you cancel, drop, or do not show for a class, there is fee of $150.00.
Once classes have started, there is a $100 fee to shift to another class and a $100 make-up fee if you miss a day.
No refund for class fees. If you have a credit, it may be used in the store.
A make-up session is an additional $100 per session.
Rental of equipment for training dives is not included in the cost of the course. You are responsible for picking up, returning, and cleaning gear at our location. Rentals for training dives are provided FREE with purchase of mask, fins, and snorkel with Discovery, Adventure, and Advance Open Water Courses.
Recreational Class Pricing - Includes Crew pack or eLearning
Complete Package cost Includes eLearning or Crew Pack. Crew Packs can be shared between family members to reduce cost.
Upgrade to Advance Driver for $149 more from Adventure Diver course
Open Water Silver Plus
This course is similar to the Silver Course with additional training, materials, dives, and a classroom meeting added for certification in a Specialty. One or two extra dives are added to the second day of open water diving.
Open Water Silver Express
This course is similar to the Silver Course. Consists of class & pool Sat/Sun (2 days) four lessons condensed to two days and completed on a weekend to accommodate scheduling. Open water training on another weekend. Minimum of 3 students per private class.
The Gold Open Water Diver Course lets you schedule the classroom and pool sessions at your convenience. The open water training dives however, must be done using our existing schedule. Usually, we do our open water training during the weekend. For classes of four or more, we will consider a schedule of private open water training dives. Great for families or a group of friends. Minimum of two students per private class or increased rate for one person.
Open Water Platinum
The Platinum Open Water Diver Course lets you schedule classroom sessions, pool sessions and two additional days for open water training dives at your convenience; however the two days chosen for open water must be consecutive days. Perfect for anyone with a busy schedule. Minimum of two students per private class or increased rate for one person.
Open Water Platinum
The Platinum Plus Open Water Diver Course lets you plan your entire course. Classroom, pool and open water dives will be scheduled at your convenience. We work for you on your time. Your open water dives may be scheduled on any day you choose, consecutive or nonconsecutive. Perfect for your seemingly impossible schedule. Minimum of two students per private class or increased rate for one person.
Private Class Pricing - Includes Crew pack or eLearning