Becoming an PADI Open Water Diver is the best way to start your scuba adventure due to worldwide recognition!
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.
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- About the course
Enroll in Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – and you can start learning right away. PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. Get started now!
You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Stop in Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center to enroll in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.
What you will learn:
Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure! Scuba certification includes three phases:
1. Knowledge Development
During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you'll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as
- What to consider when planning dives.
- How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
- Underwater signals and other diving procedures.
You'll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual or by online with PADI eLearning®. At the end of each chapter, you'll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don't understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.
You'll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you'll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.
2. Confined Water Dives
This is what it’s all about – diving. You'll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:
- Setting up your scuba gear.
- How to get water out of your mask.
- Entering and exiting the water.
- Buoyancy control.
- Basic underwater navigation.
- Safety procedures.
You'll practice these skills with an instructor until you're comfortable. When you're ready, it's time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.
3. Open Water Dives
After your confined water dives, you'll head to "open water," where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you'll get to explore the underwater world. You'll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training while on holiday. Your PADI Instructor can explain how you can be referred to another PADI Instructor in a different location.
Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. In Tarpoon Lagoon we will help you find the right gear. 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, and Tarpoon Lagoon 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:
- You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.
- You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.
- Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.
- Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.
The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most.
** 10% OFF for our students.
What to expect:
Tarpoon Lagoon is proud to have all the amenities needed for your course in ONE LOCATION with FREE parking in the heart of South Beach! This makes for a very stress free learning experience. Once you've checked in on the morning of class we will sit back in The Lagoon Lounge for a relaxing review of the materials you've completed. After lunch we'll walk over to the on site pool for your first breathes underwater. Day's two and three will build upon your experience in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean for your Certification dives.
- 8 am - Check In at Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center
- 8:30 am - Classroom Review and Quizzes
- 12 pm - Break for Lunch
- 12:30 pm - Gear Set-Up
- 1 pm - Pool Training
- 4-6 pm - End of Day
- 12 pm - Check In at Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center
- 1 pm - Boat Departure for Open Water Dives 1 & 2
- 5 pm - Boat Returns
- 5:30-6 pm - End of Day
- 7:45 am - Check In at Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center
- 8:30 am - Boat Departure for Open Water Dives 3 & 4
- 12 pm - Boat Returns
- 1 pm - End of Day
**Other schedule options are available - please call for details.
Personal items to bring:
- Change clothes
- Lunch / Money