PADI Open Water Scuba Class

PADI Open Water Scuba Class

Quick Overview

The Open Water Diver course is designed as a "home study" course where you will have about 8 hours of home study before coming to class. Then about 3 to 4 hours of class session, 6 to 8 hours of pool sessions followed by 4 Open Water Dives. 

Please see full description below then choose your class dates (part 1) and dive dates (part 2)


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                If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. (10 & 11 yr olds need private class). You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Here at Dolphin the course can be done in as a little as 2 weeks. The class is broken into 2 parts.

Part 1 is home study (Done before class meets), class and pool sessions. Weeknight classes start at 6:30 pm and go until about 10 pm. The weekend classes are from 9 am to about 4 pm. Express Saturday 1 day Class is 9 am until about 6 pm. Express class requires doing the home study on-line.

Part 2 is the 4 Open Water dives done over 2 days. There are 3 venues for the dives varying with conditions and time of year.  You must complete parts 1 and 2 to get certified.

Costs are shown in sections: Tuition, Academic Materials, Required Equipment and Rentals. Choosing Part 1 and Part 2 above will pay your Tuition and reserve your class dates. You will need to purchase your class materials before class to complete the required home study. Please come by the store or follow the links on this page to get the materials.

Tuition: The tuition pays for instructor fees, pool and classroom use. It also covers use of regulators, buoyancy control device (BCD), tanks and weight belts in the pool sessions.

 Group OpenWater Classes                                      Private OpenWater Classes

                      (Per person)                                                                                (Per person)       Call to set up on your schedule                                                  

        Part 1: Class &     Pool Sessions    $99                                                                            Class & Pool   Lake Dives   Ocean Dives

        Part 2: Open Water Dives                                                                             1 Person         $250              $250               $350

        Monterey or Lake Tahoe         $99                                                                 2 People         $225              $225               $300

        Local Lake                                $79                                                                 3 People         $200              $200               $250


Academic Materials Paper                  OR                                  Academic Materials Digital 

Part # 60353 Crew Pack   $59.98                                                                     Open Water Digital  Part # 60460-1   $169

Part # 70831 Video             $30.00                                                                          Required for Express Class   

Part # 10020 PIC On-line   $20.00                                                                       Optional for Weeknight and Weekend Class

Part # 60353PAC (includes all above)   $109.9                                       Includes On-Line PIC, Log Book and Student Record File 

Required Equipment

You will need to own your own Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Neoprene Boots, Underwater Compass, Whistle and Alternate Air Sourse Retainer. We have a great selection of equipment with great prices with student and package discounts. Expect to pay from $150 to $300 for a set-up.

Scuba Equipment needed for Open Water Dives

Available for Rental or Purchase, you will need to have a Regulator with Computer, Buoyancy Compensator, Tanks (2 for Ocean, 4 for lake), Wetsuit, Hood, Gloves and Weight. While you are enrolled in any class at Dolphin you will receive a special student rate for rentals. Rental package is about $60.00 for Ocean dives and about $70.00 for Lake dives.

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PADI Open Water Class was great! Review by gpeterson
The instructors in the pool and Monterey were excellent. I had a great time becoming certified and am confident in the skills I learned from Dolphin Scuba. (Posted on 7/20/2016)
In Depth, felt comfortable Review by Matt
Steve Williams taught our pool dives and was very thorough. Really appreciated that he spent time with each of us individually even with 13 in the class. He brought in 3 other instructors as well so it really went by smoothly. (Posted on 6/27/2016)

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