Open Water Certification

Open Water Certification

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, home study or in a classroom ) 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 may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.


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

- 12 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years 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, all at the University of Lethbridge pool, and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

Low Student-to-Instructor Ratios, Private Training, and Flexible Schedules

Platinum SCUBA offers low student to instructor ratios. Our standard classes offer 3-6 students per instructor in the pool, and no more than 4 students per instructor in the open water dives. We believe this allows our instructors to give each student more direct attention, improves your experience, and promotes your skill development.

We also offer private instruction for individuals or groups of two, as well as flexible scheduling to accommodate your busy schedule.

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.

Required equipment includes at mininum a mask, snorkel, fins, and boots. While we offer limited rentals, we strongly suggest you purchase these items for your own personal comfort, and you will be able to easily take these items with you to use for diving anywhere in the world! (Besides, do you really want to use someone else's mask, snorkel and footwear?)

The Learning Materials You Need

Platinum SCUBA offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course however our most popular option is the Elearning program which you can complete anywhere you have an internet connection.

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 skills with your instructor.

You can also combine your Open Water Diver Course with your Dry Suit Diver Course. Please contact us to discuss this option further.

Your Next Adventure

For those wanting to expand their diving opportunities, we also are able to combine your Open Water Diver course with the Dry Suit Specialty Course. Finish your Open Water Diver certification in a drysuit, and keep on diving our wonderful nearby mountain lakes!

Contact Platinum SCUBA to personalise the best study option for you and to obtain your Elearning code to get started!

$549.00 + GST