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  • Open Water Diver

Open Water Diver

PADI® Open Water Diver(OWD) is the first scuba certification level. A highly-trained PADI Instructor will teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment. 


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  Course content:  

There are four major parts of the PADI Open Water Diver(OWD) program; self study, pool training, knowledge review/exam and ocean dives.

Self study:
Before your class begins, please complete the study of all PADI training materials. You have the choice between PADI online eLearning or the PADI Open Water Diver Book/DVD (Crew-Pak).

  • Online eLearning:
    • PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it's convenient for you.
    • Take the online exam. After passing the exam, please print out the PADI training eRecord page.
    • eLearning time commitment: 5-10 hours
    • Order online
  • Book/DVD(Crew-pak):
    • Please read all 5 sections of the book and finish the knowledge review questions at the end of each section.
    • Please watch the PADI open water diver DVD. (The final paper exam also includes the content from the DVD)
    • After completing all five knowledge reviews in each section, kindly detach the corresponding pages from the book and submit them to your instructor. PADI mandates the submission of original copies of the knowledge review pages for certification.
    • Book/DVD time commitment: 8-12 hours
    • Pay and pick up at the shop

Pool training:
This is a hands-on session. Your instructor will demonstrate the required skills and watch you repeat the same skills in the swimming pool. The completion of all skills requires two days, with three hours of pool time each day.

Knowledge review/exam:
There is a classroom lecture from your instructor. Your instructor will emphasize on the most important topic of scuba diving again. If you have any question during your self study, this is a good time to ask the instructor. After the lecture, there is a final test for all the students.

  • eLearning students: One quick review test
  • Book/DVD students: There are 4 knowledge review tests and a final exam

Ocean dives:
PADI requires four ocean dives for Open Water Diver (OWD) students. The first three dives focus on applying the skills learned in the pool. During these dives, the instructor will signal the skills for you to perform without a demonstration. The fourth dive is a recreational dive, with you and your buddy group leading the plan, while the instructor observes. Ocean dives range from 20 to 40 feet and are completed over two days. Upon successful completion of all four dives, your instructor will finalize the necessary paperwork, and you will be certified!!

Note: PADI no longer issues the plastic certification card. After the certification, you will receive a temporary certification card through email. You will need to download the PADI app to receive your final certification eCard.


Item Note   Price   Payment
Registration fee[1]
Registration, pool fee and scuba kit (NO personal gears)
  ( No refund within 7 days prior to the class starting date )  
Pay online when you register
  PADI Training Material[2]  

Option 1: PADI OWD eLearning
  ( $75 store credit[3] with eLearning purchase from us ) 

$230 Order online
Option 2: PADI OWD BOOK(Crew-Pak) and rent DVD
Pay and pick up at the shop
Instructor fee
Pool and ocean instructor fee
Pay at the shop
Personal gears
Mask, snorkel, fins, gloves and boots[4]
  Price may vary  
  You can purchase them at the shop  

[1] The class could be canceled due to weather or other reasons. We will help you reschedule the class or issue a full refund if your class is canceled by us. If you reschedule your class within 7 days prior to the class start date, a late rescheduling fee will be charged
[2] It's OK to bring your own PADI training material either eLearning or book/DVD. If you use your own PADI OWD BOOK, there is a $50 processing fee required by PADI for your certification
[3] $75 Store credit only applies to persinal gear purchases
[4] For your personal hygiene, we stopped personal gear rentals. You will need your own mask, snorkel, fins, gloves and boots to complete this course

  Course Sessions:  ​​​​​

Day 1: 

  • Pool Session 1 - Confined Water Dive 1 - 3
  • Classroom Session: Lecture, Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes and Exam

Day 2:

  • Pool Session 2 - Confined Water Dive 4 - 5
  • Fill out PADI training log for pool training records  

Day 3:  (San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

  • Ocean Session 1 - Ocean dive 1 and 2

Day 4:  (San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

  • Ocean Session 2 - Ocean dive 3 and 4
  • Fill out PADI training log for Ocean training records

  Course requirements:  

Prerequisites Able to swim; medically fit for diving[1]
Total time commitment 4 days
Minimum age 10 years or older[2]
Depth expect shallow dives (12m/40ft), the maximum allowed depth is 18m/60ft

[1] Swim 200 yards or snorkel 300 yards without resting and Float at deep water for 10 minutes
[2] A PADI Jr. Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 12 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or guardian to a maximum depth of 40 feet.

Be Warm, Be Dry, Save Money and Time
Pacific Scuba Divers is the only local dive center that offers the option of taking Dry Suit Diver Certification together with Open Water Diver Certification. Don't miss this awesome opportunity!

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