The PADI Open Water Diver course is the first certification course that helps diving enthusiasts become independent divers. This is also one of the most popular scuba diving courses in India. If you have already completed the PADI Scuba Diver course, you are halfway through to getting the Open Water Diver license, but the OW course can be done without the Scuba Diver course as well. There are several scuba diving institutes in India that offer this course. Through this rewarding challenge, one gains a deeper understanding of the world underwater, and is able to explore it further without the need for supervision!
PADI Open Water Divers can:
- Dive up to a depth of 18 meters without the need for professional supervision.
- Fill cylinders, rent equipment and book dive excursions.
PADI Open Water Diver course prerequisites:
- Must be 10 years or older.
- Must be in good physical health.
- Must know basic swimming.
- Prior scuba diving experience not necessary.
The structure for the PADI Open Water Diver course is divided into three phases:
- Theory (eLearning, independent study or classroom training) to learn about the basics of scuba diving.
- 5 Confined water dives to familiarize yourself with basic scuba techniques in a confined pool.
- 5 Open water dives are the final steps to get your OW diver license. This is the chance to demonstrate what you have learnt in the confined water dives and put the techniques to actual use!
PADI Open Water Diver course equipment:
Through this course, participants learn to use basic scuba diving gear like snorkel, tank, mask, buoyancy control device, fins, regulator, etc. The type of wetsuit will depend on where you are diving - tropical, temperate, or cold waters.