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PADI Open Water Diver Course


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Get your PADI scuba certification. 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, Down Under has introduced thousands of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

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How Elearning Works

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 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!

Sample Schedule:

Day 1: Orientation, Knowledge Development Review, Pool Dives 1, 2, and 3.

Day 2: Pool Dives 4, 5 and Skin Diving Skills

Day 3: Open Water Dives 1 and 2

Day 4: Open Water Dives 3, 4, and optional Nitrox Dive.

Group courses may take longer.

If you've tried diving through 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.

Prerequisites
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.

Get College Credit
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Open Water Diver course!

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 varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water

Down Under Students enjoy a Free Club Membership for three months after the Open Water Course. Expect Special Pricing on gear, rental, dive trips and invites to speacial club only events.

The Learning Materials You Need
PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also chose a book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.

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 local pool in Gulf Shores or Oranage Beach(or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

Note: Enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online for immediate computer-based access to the manual and video integrated into seamless, guided online learning.

To purchase the Open Water Crew Pack or Elearning Enhancement Pack, call or click Down Under Dive Shop. 251-968-DIVE (3483)

Start Now
You don’t have to wait to get going. With PADI eLearning and the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online, you can start right now. The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online lets you learn the background information you need before each dive at your own pace through friendly, interactive learning.

$450 Four Day Single Diver Course (Includes Books or Elearning)