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Start with PADI's online eLearning course. Move to the pool and practice your new skills. Then experience four open water dives.
During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you'll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it a rewarding challenge.
Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. Scuba.com offers PADI eLearning for the Knowledge Development portion of the class, allowing our students to complete the academics at their own pace and in the comfort of their own homes.
During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions. You'll enjoy making one or more mini dives, which take you through the same steps you follow when you make open water dives.
To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives. Scuba.com conducts the training dives in beautiful Southern California at either Casino Point Dive Park on Catalina Island or one of the popular Laguna Beach dive sites.
Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you met the course requirements. Dive centers and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll be trained to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It's just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures.