The Open Water Diver Class at Underwater Adventures is the entry-level certification program that is your introduction to scuba diving. At the completion of the program, you will receive your PADI Open Water Card, the most popular and most recognized certification in the world.
Through a combination of academic work and in-water skills sessions, you will learn how to become a safe, confident, and capable scuba diver. We will help you develop your skills so you can see more and do more underwater and have a great experience while diving on your vacation.
The program has two parts. Part 1 combines academics with pool sessions that are completed during a single weekend. Part 2 is the Open Water training dives where you demonstrate your skills in a real water environment.
PART 1 – ACADEMICS AND POOL
Open Water Part 1 - You have 2 choices with academics.
** All academics take approximately 10 - 12 hours to complete and must be completed at home prior to your scheduled class.
- Books - (2-1/2 day course) consists of classroom on Friday night at 6:00 pm, 8:30 am Saturday and Sunday mornings and pool sessions in the afternoon. We spend part of each session in the classroom discussing important diving concepts and relating real life examples that you will use when you are in the water. Much of the academic work is done at home prior to class.
- Online eLearning - (2 day course) As an alternative for even more flexibility, you can complete the academic portion of the class online through PADI before proceeding to the pool sessions. You will come in on Saturday/Sunday morning at 10:00 am for a quick quiz, go over equipment and have afternoon pool sessions.
All preparing you for the Open Water Part 2 Certification dives.
Here’s where you experience what it’s like to scuba dive! You’ll learn how to use scuba equipment and develop diving skills in a safe and fun environment. We go at your pace and make it an experience that you’ll never forget.
To complete your certification, you will participate in four dives over two days, putting your diving skills to use and having fun exploring what there is to see underwater. This training is usually completed at Dutch Springs, a scuba diving facility in Bethlehem, PA (approx. one hour away). However, Dutch Springs has been sold - They are using a 3 week rolling schedule until their closing date. Meanwhile, we can schedule at Dutch as long as they are open. We are scheduling classes, but cannot confirm til 3 weeks prior. If Dutch closes before we can get there we will take classes to Fantasy Lake in N. Carolina. This does require 2 days of travel and you will be responsible for your travel arrangements and expenses. We leave on a Thursday, Dive on Friday and Saturday, then return on Sunday. If you are interested we can provide more detailed information for this trip. Please inquire if you are considering.
We will make this a fun group event!
Additional options for Open Water Training
Instead of completing your open water part 2 dives locally, you can finish your training while you are on vacation. This can be done on one of our trips or through a referral to an instructor at your destination. Check our Diving Travel schedule for more info. on the trips we offer.
At the completion of the program you will receive your PADI Open Water Diver Certification Card. This C-Card is the most recognized diving certification available and will allow you to dive anywhere in the world.
So come join the fun. Experience the magic of scuba diving. Check out our Class Schedule and begin your adventure.
Pre-registration is required, and there is academic pre-work prior to the first class. Call or drop us an email for details. Please review our missed class and cancellation policies and procedures in our Class Policies page.