To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health (see the PADI Medical Form). No prior scuba diving experience is required.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main parts:
Knowledge Development, to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives, to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives, to use your skills and explore!
Enroll in Open Water Diver Online as soon as possible! Use PADI’s online option and you can start right away. PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. Get started now!
You have the option of choosing:eLearning
(for computers) or Touch
(for tablets and smartphones)
Make sure Scuba Marco is selected as your dive center!
We teach both PADI and SSI certifications. Both agencies are recognized around the world. There are more than 10 major training agencies worldwide, and we can accept Open Water Referral Students from any of them, as long as they adhere to the World Recreational Scuba Training Council's Standards. (***Beware of phony on-line agencies***)
All legitimate certification agencies put slightly different spins on certain aspects of training. Our job is to provide you the best quality instruction so you can be a comfortable and confident scuba diver. It is possible to switch between agencies as you progress with your education. For example, you can take the SSI Open Water course and then the PADI Advanced course or vice-versa.