PADI OPEN WATER COURSE
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. Sign up for the PADI Open Water Diver Course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.
Our Most Flexible Program!
Course Price $479 Includes:
- Training Material
- 5 Evenings of class/pool sessions
- 2 Days of ocean dives (4 dives)
- Basic scuba gear
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Complete the rest of the modules (Mod 2-5), at your own pace. They do need to be done in order, but you have 1 year to finish once you start.
Complete the optional drysuit upgrade, and then choose ANY weekend to complete your ocean dives. We dive EVERY weekend, rain or shine!
How are the evening Modules Run?
Each module will begin around 6pm (please check calendar to confirm start times). We start off in the classroom reviewing the theory of diving, and then we head to the pool to learn and practice new skills! We use either UBC or Lord Bying for our pool sessions.
You must complete all 5 modules in order, however they don’t need to be done back to back. This means the course can be completed in as little as 2 weeks or as long as a year!
When do I Do My Ocean Dives?
We run our ocean dives every weekend, so you can pick whichever weekend works for you, but remember you need to do both Saturday and Sunday. You will do two dives each day, starting at 9am and returning to the shop around 4pm.
Where do I need to Meet?
All sessions start and finish at The Diving Locker, unless you have made other arrangements with us. We are happy to provide transportation to and from the dive sites/pool.
Must be 10 years of age or older.
Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skill 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.
Must be able to complete a medical questionnaire, and obtain medical clearance if necessary. Click here to download the PADI Medical Questionnaire. (A list of physicians considered knowledgeable and competent in diving medicine for the purposes of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation on WORK SAFE BC >>).
Personal Gear Rental
Students are required to provide their own personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots, & gloves) which can be rented for $50. This $50 can be credited towards your purchase should you decide to invest in your own personal gear either during or after the course! We also offer great student discounts during the course if you are interested in purchasing your own.
Optional Drysuit Upgrade
You will do some additional pool training which will teach you how to use a drysuit in a confined water setting, and how to handle the changes in buoyancy. You will then get to use the drysuit for all four of your open water dives for the course. Doing the Pool training session with us will allow you to rent and use a drysuit from The Diving Locker during and after your course.
Drysuit Upgrade – $99.95 (Includes additional pool training, and use of the drysuit for all 4 of your ocean dives)
Should you decide to upgrade to the full PADI Drysuit Specialty later on, you would just pay an additional $199.95, and come out for two more ocean dives.