The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular scuba course in the world. It has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. There are several options available to complete the PADI Open Water course. It all depends on your preference and what suits you best for learning. There is an instructor led classroom approach and the option to complete the theory online. Contact us for instructions on how to complete the eLearning online.
What will I learn?
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving. This is the section you will complete back home via internet access through PADI’s eLearning.
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills.
Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
How long does it take?
This depends on a couple of things, your comfort level and as always, the weather. Completing the PADI eLearning option will save you a day of classroom work while visiting with us here in Roatan.
The practical portion of the PADI eLearning usually takes 2-4 days.
What if I am unable to complete the course?
PADI, in part owes it success to standardization. Technically you will receive the same instruction from any PADI instructor and they will keep track of your progress on your student record file. If for some reason, you are unable to complete the course we will give you a copy of that student record file and you can continue at another PADI shop anywhere in the world within a year of your start date. Or you can finish up on your next trip to Roatan.
How will I spend my day?
Upon arrival to the shop you will fill out a PADI student record file and a boat waiver. Then you will complete a quick review which is an overview of the eLearning course. After clarifying any topics you may need help with you will start with the confined water portions of your course.
Typically we do confined water sessions in the morning and open water dives in the afternoon. The schedule really depends on your preference and comfort level as well as the weather.
How deep will I go?
On the first couple of dives you will go to a max depth of 12 meters/ 40 feet. On your last dives you will go to a max depth of 18 meters/ 60 feet. Junior Open Water divers will go to max depth of 40 ft.
What will I see?
This really depends on our luck, but on a typical dive you may see tons of creole wrasse swimming in a highway of fish, schools of blue tangs, yellow fin grouper, mutton snappers, green moray eels, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, peacock flounders, flamingo tongues, spiny lobsters, all going about their lives on a beautiful reef with amazing formations unique to this part of the world.
How do I get my certification card?
Upon your successful completion of the course we will take your picture and process your application online via PADI’s website. You will receive a temporary card from us and within a week or two your actual card will be mailed to the address you enter in their system. The next time you go diving, just show your card and off you go. No more skills or classwork.
How do I get started?
Email us for instructions on how to get started. firstname.lastname@example.org