During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives in the ocean under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three distinct sections.
Theory: The theory portion of the open water course includes book work, videos, study questions, and quizzes. The 5 dive theory modules cover a range of topics such as pressure-depth relationships, the underwater environment, dive planning, and equipment.
Pool Work: During pool (or “confined water”) classes, students practice basic diving skills in the pool. Divers practice all the skills that they use on open water dives like ear equalization and mask removal and replacement in this controlled environment before entering the open water.
Open Water Dives: Under the watchful eye of an instructor, you will apply the knowledge and skills learned in the theory and pool sections of the course on real open water dives.
All the equipment you will need is included in your course. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating device (BCD) that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from, a weight system, a wetsuit, and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply.
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 head to the pool to practice these skills with your instructor. Once you're familiar with all the skills, we head out on the boat to the reefs in Playa del Carmen to practice the skills you learnt in the ocean. When you return from your final ocean dive on day 3, you will be a certified Open Water Diver!