is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver
course, the most popular dive program in the world!
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver you have the
freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional.
Why PADI Open Water?
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely
recognized and respected rating in the world, you
have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent
of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover
Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified,
check with your instructor to see how credit from
these courses may apply to the open water program.
What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably
fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI
Open Water Diver certification. You must be older
than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver
program. For those of you who are not above the age
of 14 and would like to participate in the PADI Open
Water Diver Program, then the PADI Jr Open Water Diver
program is available to you. If you are between 12
and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is
a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available
What will I do?
Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of
scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques.
You earn this rating by completing five pool dives
and knowledge development sessions and by making four
open water (ocean or lake) dives.
How long will it take?
The PADI Open Water Certification
consists of 2 basic components - Confined Water and
Open Water. These components are typically
offered separately so as to offer the students maximum
schedule flexibility. PADI programs are performance
based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the
course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that
is comfortable for you.
The Confined Water portion at Erie
Scuba is regularly scheduled once each month.
The students arrange with an instructor to meet for
a short time at the pool to demonstrate water skills
and then the pool and classroom sessions are on a
Thursday and the following Saturday and Sunday.
The Open Water certifications can
be done over Erie Scuba’s regularly scheduled 3 day
weekend trip, on a trip with Erie Scuba, or by referral
from Erie Scuba to another PADI facility if you have
another trip planned.
What will I need?
* PADI Open Water Crew-Pak
* PADI Open Water Video or DVD
* Log Book
Where can I go from here?
Continue the adventure with PADI’s Adventures in diving
program, you next step in exploring the underwater