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OPEN WATER DIVER The world's most popular scuba diving course

The PADI Open Water Diver course with the Playground Dive Shop

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, offline, or home study) to understand basic principles of scuba diving,
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills,
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you've participated in a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned will help you on your PADI Open Water Diver course certification.


To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older (PADI eLearning for children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for PADI eLearning offline or online due to international internet laws).

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 or on one of our fun dive travel trips under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

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 will be Scubapro because we know "deep down you want the best".  Staff at THE PLAYGROUND DIVE SHOP will help to ensure your comfort throughout the course.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course - Paper book if that is your learning style or eLearning material online or downloadable for offline study.

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 pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these with your instructor.

What's Next

PADI Open Water Scuba Certification:

$490 (High Season April -Oct) / $450 (Low Season Nov-March)    

We offer 3 different training options. Academics/Pool to fit with your busy schedule and learning type. Orientation classes 2x a month, and Open Water Lake Sessions offered 2x a month between May-Oct.  We also offer private classes tailored to your schedule!

Option 1 - 1 Night per Week (5 weeks) 
Option 2 - Weekend Session
Option 3 - 2 Week Session (Tues/Thurs)

Course Fee as follows:

  • Academics ($290/$250): Choice Traditional classroom or E-learning, 
  • Pool Sessions* (included): 5 Confied Pool Dives
  • Lake Session ($200): 4 Open Water Check-out Dives, Certification Card
    Requires $50 deposit to hold your lake spot. 

All our PADI Open Water classes also includes:

  • Appropriate educational material for academics
  • Rental Gear: BC, Regulator, Computer, Wetsuit
  • Student discount on purchases while enrolled in Open Water

 *Student must purchase Mask, Snorkel, Fin, Boots for pool session. Ask about our student discount

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