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OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION-BEGIN HERE The World's Most Popular Scuba Diving Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course

So you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive. Discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves! This is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba diving course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Sign up below!

Smaller Classes means
Better Learning Experience
Choose Between 1 of 3 Course Options

Our goal is to keep student learning groups as small as possible and provide you with more schedule flexibility. You can take the instuctor led class-room course or the online eLearning. We even offer a premium 2-Day LiveAboard eLearing course, the easier way to dive!  The benefit is more learning options for the student diver! You won't see 20 student divers in our class or pool, at any given time. 

How you’ll learn

The Divers West Open Water Diver course consists of an Orientation Nightt, Pool Swim/Tread and the following three main phases:
  • Knowledge Development- a 2 night, instructor led, classroom session to review your homework OR study at home, take quizes and final exam online through PADI's eLearning option.
  • Confined Water Dives- 2 days at the pool where you get to try out your underwater space suits, and learn scuba diving skills
  • Open Water Dives- 2 days to complete your 4 ocean dives. Here is where you apply what you've learned in the pool and have some fun!
We offer three course schedules each month, a week night schedule, a weekend schedule and a special 2 day Liveaboard boat schedule. *Because some students learn at different paces, some students may require additional time to get certified. Check out our class schedule and sign up here.

Catalina Island Open Water Diver
Course Options:

OWD Course + 1 Day Catalina Island includes:
Classroom or eLearning. You choose.
*Tuition for PADI Open Water Diver Course
*Course materials
*scuba equipment rental w/gear fitting session*
*2 days of pool training
*2 days of ocean training (1 day beach, and 1 day Catalina Island)
*Log Book, Emergency Surface Signaling Marker, and Whistle
PADI Processing fees and Scuba Certification Card w/photo
Adventure and Fun included for Free!
Add Optional Enriched Air Nitrox Certification for $199 (eLearn only)


OWD Course + 2 Day Catalina Island Liveaboard Boat includes:

Same as above but all boat diving, no beach diving.
2 Day, overnight, Livaboard includes meals, airfills, bunks, showers
Add Optional Enriched Air Nitrox Certification for $199 (eLearn only)

 * PADI OW Diver DVD viewing required with classroom option. Rental available.

 *Student discounts on mask, snorkel, fins, gloves and booties! 

2019 Class Schedule: Reserve your spot here!

 *Please read Terms and Conditions


To enroll in Divers West's PADI Open Water Diver course or PADI Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:
  • 12 years or older 
  • Must be in generally good health
  • Must be able to swim 200 yards, and tread/float for 10 minutes

(For ages 10 and 11, only private or semi-private instruction available. Additional fees apply. Dates subject to availability. Please call for more information.) For ages under 18, parental consent required.

The Scuba Gear You Will Use

When you take our Open Water Diver course, the main scuba diving equipment is included with the course. This will incude tanks, weights, BCD(Buoyancy Compensation Device), wetsuit, and regulators with compass and dive computer. You must own your personal items. You may purchase them at Divers West. This includes Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Gloves, and Booties. If you don't have these items, don't worry! Divers West offers a student discount if you purchase these 5 personal items through us. Plus, we'll give you a personal fitting. During your class orientation, we will discuss the type of gear that is suitable for scuba diving in California and other parts of the world. Not all snorkeling gear is suitable. 

The Learning Materials You will Receive

Once signed up for one of our courses you will receive your PADI Open Water Diver Crew Pack at our dive shop. It will include all the course materials you'll need. There will be some paperwork, reading assignments and homework you will need to complete prior to your first pool session. Additionally, you may be required to watch the PADI Open Water Diver DVD if you selected the Classroom option. The DVD is available for purchase or rent at the store.


Instead of two days in our classroom, you can study your scuba diving theory at home, take your quizes, and your final exam online! You will just be required to take a brief quiz at the shop to demonstrate your understanding of the material. When you successfully complete the eLearning, pool training, and ocean training, you're a certified scuba diver!

Sign up here to reserve your spot and class dates. Don't forget to stop by the shop right away to finish registration and pick up your course materials and paperwork.

Classroom Learning

We feel the best way to learn is face to face with an instructor rather than studying on an electronic device by yourself. You get to ask questions on the spot and interact with your new dive buddies. You will receive a physical text book, study at home, then participate in 2 classroom sessions.  Sign up here to select and reserve your spot in the class that fits your schedule, then stop by to pick up your course material and finish your course registration.

Premium 2-Day LiveAboard Course w/optional Enriched Air Nitrox

Most people learn to dive to travel and most will dive only off of a dive boat. Learn the most convienient way possible aboard a two day Catalina Island Liveaboard. No beach diving required. All meals, snacks and airfills included. Showers and bunks on board. If you're traveling abroad, ask about adding the optional Nitrox Specialty. We can get you EAN certified the same weekend.

Private/Semi Private Lessons

Would you prefer more personalized attention? Would you like to learn at your own pace rather than that of a classroom environment? Would you like to train in your own pool? We offer private and semi private instruction for those that would like a more customized schedule or more personalized training. Please call (626) 529-5220 or stop by the store for more details. Additional fees will apply. Dates are subject to availability, distance, and weather conditions.
After you sign up, please stop by the shop as soon as possible to finish registration, pick up your course materials and review additional requirements.