The PADI Open Water Diver course is one of the most popular entry-level scuba diving courses in the world.
More people become scuba divers in this way than any other. Once you have the PADI Open Water Certification you can use the diving license to go diving with a buddy anywhere in the world.
At the end of the course, you will be qualified to dive with a buddy to a depth of 18m. Your first scuba diving certification card.
And what better place to learn than Kenya? From the dive base in Diani, we have sheltered dive sites which are perfect for allowing beginners to get comfortable in the water and complete the skill training as well as a chance to take in the wonders of the thousands of different marine species on the coral reefs and exciting local dive sites such as wrecks.
The course is broken down into three segments, the knowledge development, confined water (in a swimming pool) training and open water dives.
The PADI Scuba Diver course can be done over 3 days. This incorporates both pool training and 2 ocean trips with 4 open water dives. There is also some elearning to be completed in your own time.
Who is it For?
The PADI Open Water Diver course is open to anyone from age 10 who has basic swimming skills and wants to get their first diving certification. This will qualify them to dive all over the world.
The PADI eLearning is completed in your own time. There is a pool session on day 1 which lasts about 5 hours and then 2 mornings where you will go out to the ocean. There are 2 dives on the coral reefs of Diani on day 2 and then two more on day 3 which take place in the morning so you are done by lunchtime.
All participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements and some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving. Check the PADI Diver Medical: Participant Questionnaire to see if you meet the requirements before booking.
What is Included
✔. PADI eLearning for the PADI Open Water Diver Course
✔. PADI Open Water Diver confined water training
✔. 4 dives on coral reef with an instructor
✔. Equipment rental
✔. Fruit, water and snacks on the boat
✔. Transfer from Diani hotels
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PADI Open Water Diver & Advanced Course Package
Get your dive experience off to a good start by completing our Open Water and Advanced Open Water Package. This includes the PADI Open Water Diver course and the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, completed over 6 days and including 10 dives.
Before you go in the water there is eLearning for you to complete. This covers the knowledge briefing and gives you an introduction to scuba diving and safety concepts. This will be elaborated on by your PADI Instructor during the PADI Scuba Diver course dives.
Completing the knowledge development section, starts before you begin the course and requires you to complete most of the PADI Online learning for the PADI Open Water Diver Course.
PADI’s cutting-edge digital learning leads the world in diver education and enables you to complete the knowledge development in the comfort of your own home. You can take notes in the app to discuss with your PADI Instructor any concepts which you don’t understand. Assessment of learning is done via quick reviews at the end of every section in the online learning, which you must get correct to proceed so its sure you understand.
Right now we are getting wet. This is the reason you are here. Our confined water training for the Open Water Diver course is conducted in the swimming pool at the dive base where the course is being held.
The pool session teaches you to use SCUBA safely and procedures to troubleshoot any problems you potentially might have. The swimming pool environment allows you a safe area to practice with no outside factors to worry about such as poor visibility, surge or current.
This is about making sure you are comfortable using the scuba unit so our Instructors will make sure you have ample time to practice skills and perform them with ease before moving on to the next section of the course.
The final 2 days of the PADI Open Water Diver course are when you go diving for real. We will go by boat out to a local reef which is suitable for conducting the training.
A short segment of each dive will be spent repeating some of the skills that you mastered in the swimming pool before the “tour” section of the dive when you will get to go and see the wonders of the marine life in the Indian Ocean and practicing your own diving skills in this “weightless” environment.
You will have four dives in total after which you are a fully certified PADI open water diver, assuming that you have met all of the other course performance requirements.
Where Will I Dive?
Your PADI Scuba Diver training dives will take place on the coral reefs of Diani. These will be selected by your instructor based on conditions. Your 4 dives on selected dive sites of the day will last between 20-50 minutes air consumption dependent.