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BEGINNING SCUBA The PADI Open Water Diver Course

Your Underwater Adventure Starts Here!

If you've always wanted to scuba dive, here is your chance to become a certified diver in a safe and controlled way. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to scuba diving.

What You Learn in Beginning Scuba

At Aquatic Adventures, the PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (an online home study program) to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore the underwater world
    (Note, the price below does not include these dives. You can add this option when registering.)

During the confined water and open water dives, you will learn how to assemble, operate and break down your scuba kit. You will also learn basic scuba skills such as mask and regulator clearing, buoyancy control, emergency air management, and dive planning.

When you complete this course, you will receive the PADI Open Water Diver certification. This certification level allows you to participate in many supervised and unsupervised dive activities. You will probably want to take additional training later, but the PADI Open Water Diver certification will send you on your way to many exciting underwater adventures.


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

  • 10 years or older
  • Ability to swim 200 yards without stopping
  • Ability to tread or float in the water for 10 minutes

Doing a Referral

If you are planning to complete your open water dives elsewhere, perhaps on a tropical vacation, deselect the date options for Certification Dives when registering. This will reduce the price of the class and allow you to complete just the academic and pool training of the course. This is the perfect way complete your certification on a trip and have more time for fun and adventure while there. For more information visit our PADI Referral Program page

Getting Ready for Your Class

Being prepared for your class will help ensure you are successful and don't miss out on any fun. Aquatic Adventures strongly suggests you visit our Beginning Scuba Checklist page to ensure you are ready for your class. Visit this page frequently until you have everything on the list checked off.

What's Included in the Beginning Scuba Course Fee

Our course fee includes the following materials:

  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch Certification Pack (eLearning course)
  • PADI Computer Simulator Access Card
  • PADI Logbook
  • Use of life support equipment (wetsuit, weights, tanks, BCD, and regulator)
  • Pool entrance fees
  • PADI Open Water Diver certification fee
  • Small Class Size (Six people or less)

Items Not Included

  • We have not included open water dives in the price displayed. If you will be doing your open water dives with Aquatic Adventures, make sure to select this option when registering for class.
  • We do not include personal gear (mask, snorkel, boots, and fins) as you will need these items once you are a certified diver. There is a student discount on purchasing these items when you buy from Aquatic Adventures. See our How to Purchase Mask, Snorkel, Fins page for more information or call us at (262) 938-6827.
  • We do not include entrance fees to dive sites. This includes but is not limited to park entrance fees, boat fees, travel, or parking fees as these fees can vary and are not under our control.

Need More Information?

Follow Jesse as she becomes a PADI Open Water Diver at Aquatic Adventures by watching the informational videos on our Jesse Gets Certified page.


Dates for upcoming beginning scuba classes are provided below. If these dates do not work, select the 01 JAN class. Someone from our staff will call you to arrange another date. Customized schedules can be arranged for an additional fee. Remember that to complete your beginning scuba certification you will need to choose both a pool date (included) and an open water date (extra fee). Do not select an open water date if you will be doing your check out dives while on vacation or with another operator.

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