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The PADI Open Water Diver course with WEST SHORE SCUBA

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. 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.

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving,
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills,
Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
If you've participated in a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.


To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:
10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws).

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is...well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a WEST SHORE SCUBA Representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course.

The Learning Materials You Need

All academic content is available via an Elearning environment thru the internet or offline.

PADI's Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you'll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Finally you will demonstrate what you learned back to an Instructor in an Open Water environment and actually go on 4 dives!

Go to our FAQ page to see associated costs and other info pertaining to the options below.

STEP 1: Click HERE to start your eLearning today! 
 Pick a confined water class at a local swimming pool.
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STEP 3: Schedule your Orientation Session to complete paperwork and procure your personal gear.
Personal scuba gear includes mask, fins, boots, snorkel and log book.
STEP 4: Contact us to discuss your check out dive options at or 717-836-7699.