To be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, you need to be at least 10 years old, medically fit for diving and able to swim. Also you will have access to a tablet.
Prior to certification as a PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll visit your PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete your training. You’ll take a short Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course, and you must successfully complete five confined water dives and four open water training dives with your PADI Instructor. You learn and master each of the required skills in confined water (swimming pool-like conditions) first before moving on and showing your instructor that you can comfortably repeat those skills in open water. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be a certified entry-level diver able to rent dive gear, get air fills and dive anywhere in the world in better or similar conditions to those you’ve trained in.
PADI Open Water Diver eLearning will be available for one year from the time of program registration. Though you must finish the online portion of the course within that time frame, you will have perpetual access to an online version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual through the PADI Digital Library app. The PADI Open Water Diver eLearning should take approximately 12 to 15 hours to complete.
As you progress through the material, you’ll be presented with interactive presentations including videos, audio, graphics and text. Short quizzes gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might miss. This allows you to progress efficiently and at your own pace. In order to complete the five required Knowledge Reviews, you must be connected to the internet and logged in. After completing each Knowledge Review, you’ll receive an email from PADI with the results, so please check your spam filter or junk mail folder in case you don’t see one.
The cost of PADI Open Water Diver eLearning varies by region and is nonrefundable. The fee covers your knowledge development training and unlimited access to PADI Open Water Diver eLearning via the PADI Digital Library. Your PADI Dive Center or Resort will charge an additional fee for the in-water portion of your course.
Once you finish PADI Open Water Diver eLearning, your dive center is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical portion of the course. At the end of the Open Water Diver eLearning program, you will need to print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to your selected PADI Dive Center or Resort, or email it to them.