Open Water Diver

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).




PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you.

It’s your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

  • eLearning time commitment: 5-10 hours

Note: When purchasing PADI eLearning, it only includes the theoretical part of the course, in order to finish and obtain the PADI Open Water Diver certification, you need to hire the services of your diving center to carry out the practices.

Padi eLearning



After finishing your online study with PADI eLearning, you will do the practices with your Padi instructor from your nearest dive center who will teach you everything related to your PADI specialty course.



The PADI Open Water Diver is the first level of diving certification. This will be your first and best diving experience, at the end of the course you will not forget how exciting the course was. A highly trained PADI Instructor will teach you to dive in a safe and relaxed learning environment.

You will learn to:

Be a safe and skilled diver

Equip yourself and assemble your autonomous diving equipment

Control your buoyancy

Approach marine life with care and respect
Manage common issues

Benefits of doing the course:

You will explore the other 70% of our planet

You will learn about history and relive historical events under the sea

You will learn diving techniques, signals

You will learn to plan your dives with your instructor.

The duration of this course is a minimum of 4 days and includes theory, swimming pool, confined water diving, and open water. At the end of this course you will obtain an international certification that will allow you to do recreational diving anywhere in the world up to 18 meters.


Day 1: Meet your instructor, theory.


Day 2: Learn about the equipment, pool skills session, and theory.


Day 3: Two confined water dives, and theory.


Day 4: Two open water dives up to 18 meters, and final exam.

Prerequisites and minimum age


Course prerequisites: know how to swim, medically fit to dive, be comfortable in the water


Minimum age: 10 years


Divers ages 10-14 earn a Junior Open Water Diver certification.

Junior Open Water Divers automatically become Open Water Divers at the age of 15. Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased the day after the diver’s 15th birthday will automatically display the Open Water Diver (not Jr. Open Water Diver) certification.




Practice + eLearning



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