BECOME A SCUBA DIVER
PADI OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION
No Experience Necessary!
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.
We offer courses that will fit everybody’s schedule!
This Course is designed for those divers who wish to complete their class and pool sessions here, but prefer to do their ocean dives in a warmer climate.
You can complete your certification in as little as 3 days, or as long as 1 year. We offer four different options to fit everybody’s schedule!
Continuous Evening Open Water Course: 5 evenings of class/pool and one weekend in the ocean. This option is great for those who work shift-work, or who have a very chaotic schedule. The schedule is incredibly flexible and can be completed in as little as 2 weeks or as long as 1 year.
Weekend Semi Private course: This course takes place over 2 weekends, the first being class/pool and the second weekend is your ocean dives. This option is a faster paced course in a more intimate setting (usually 4 students per class).
Weekday Semi Private Course: Similar to the Weekend Semi-Private, but this will take place over Monday/Tuesday, 2 weeks in a row.
Private Fast Track: This option works well for people who are visiting from out of town, or those who are on a tight time frame. The course is completed privately with an instructor over just three days, one day of class/pool and two days in the ocean.
If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become an avid PADI scuba diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind these
– Minimum Age: 10 years old
– Physical: For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course.
PADI Medical Questionnaire
Waterskills: Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic waterskill comfort by having you: swim 200 metres/yards. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want. You will also need to float or tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods that you want.
About Physical Challenges: Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. Individuals with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Contact us for more information.
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 is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. On completion of this course you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver. This PADI certification is internationally recognized and allows you to scuba dive (up to 18 meters/60 feet) anywhere in the world.
Learning to scuba dive is an incredible adventure! Your path to breathing underwater is accomplished in three exciting phases:
1. Knowledge Development- Learn the lingo.
During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, you develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and what to consider when planning dives. You review what you have studied in the five knowledge sections with your instructor and take a short quiz to be sure you’re getting it. At the end of the course, you’ll take a longer quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down.
2. Confined Water Dives- Scuba Skills Training.
This is what it’s all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you’ll learn everything from setting up your scuba gear to how to easily get water out of your scuba mask without surfacing. You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.
3. Open Water Dives- Locally or on Vacation.
After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you’ve made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives near your home or at a more exotic destination while on a scuba vacation.
We have some of the worlds most beautiful diving, and it’s right on our back door step!
Our water temperature ranges from 4°C – 9°C. In the summer months it is very comfortable to dive in a wetsuit (7mm John/Jacket), and during winter most people make the transition over to a dry suit. We dive all year round, and the visibility can vary quite a bit depending on the time of year. During the summer months we usually experience run off and plankton/algae blooms which can affect the visibility, so typically the fall-winter months are the best time to dive.
Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. We are happy to help you the right gear for you. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you’ll want your own:
These have a personal fit, we will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.
During your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn to use a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer or dive planner, scuba tank, wetsuit or dry suit and weight system. Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:
Our pool sessions are held at either UBC, or Lord Bying. In a pinch we have to go elsewhere, but those are our 2 main pools.
Typically on Saturday’s we use Whytecliff Park (near Horseshoe Bay), and on Sunday’s we go to Porteau Cove (a bit further up the road)