Learning to scuba dive is an incredible adventure! With PADI as your training organization, your path to?breathing underwater?is accomplished in three exciting phases:
1. Knowledge Development
During the first phase of your?PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, you develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best?scuba gear?and what to consider when planning dives.
You briefly review what you have studied in the five knowledge sections with your instructor and take a short quiz to be sure you’re getting it. At the end of the course, you’ll take a longer quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down. You and your instructor will review anything that you don’t quite get until it’s clear.
2. Confined Water Dives – Scuba Skills Training
This is what it’s all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you’ll learn everything from setting up your?scuba gear?to how to easily get water out of your?scuba mask??without surfacing. You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask.? Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time.
There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.
3. Open Water Dives—Locally or on Vacation
After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you’ve made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course.