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OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION-BEGIN HERE The world's most popular scuba diving course

The Complete PADI Open Water Diver course
The Most Popular Course in the World

At Divers West, Smaller Classes means
Better Learning Experience
Home Study, Pool Training, Ocean DIves
Done in 3 weeks. Check out our Schedule!

Our goal is to keep student learning groups as small and safe as possible. So to minimize close classroom contact, the academic portion of the course will be online. You'll be able to study independently in the safety of your own home, on your own schedule. Afterwards, you will safetly participate in pool and ocean training.

The Complete PADI Open Water Diver Course
PADI Open Water Diver Certification,
plus Catalina Island Dives

$595.00 on Sale
Free Catalina Express Ticket included
A $76 savings

(1 and 2 day dive boat upgrades extra, select at checkout. Meals, bunks, airfills and showers included on dive boats!)

Course Includes:
* Lifetime Scuba Certification recognized worldwide
* Home Study login code for Knowledge Developement
* 2 Days of pool training
* 4 Ocean training dives 
* Meals included on dive boat trips
* FREE Scuba equipment rental-sanitized and safe
* Personal Gear Package fitting session included with purchase**

* FREE Log Book
* PADI Processing fees and Scuba Certification Card w/photo

Sign Up Now and get:
a Special 10% Student Discount** OFF your Personal Gear Package(reg. price items only), and
a FREE Divers West Club Card($100's in savings on merchandise, boats and air-fills) upon completing the course.

Please inquire about Private Lessons in your own pool

**10% PGP discount applies to Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Gloves, Booties when purchased as a set at Divers West.

Select Class Schedule Here and Start Diving!

Terms and Conditions

Course Breakdown

The Divers West Open Water Diver course consists of an Orientation Night, Pool Swim/Tread and the following three main phases:
  • Knowledge Development- PADI's Safe eLearning study option from home. Study, take quizes and final exam online.
  • 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- over 2 days we'll complete your 4 ocean dives. Here is where you apply what you've learned in the pool, have some fun, and complete your certification!
*Because some students learn at different paces, some students may request/require additional time to get certified. Ask about our tutoring and Private Lessons. Check out our Open Water Diver class schedules and sign up here.



To enroll in Divers West's Complete PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be:
  • 12 years or older (For ages under 18, parental consent/sign-up required and parent must be present during orientation and most of our course)
  • Must be in generally good health
  • Must be able to swim 200 yards, and tread/float for 10 minutes

For ages 10 and 11, special training restrictions apply so only private or semi-private instruction available. Additional fees apply. Dates subject to availability. Please call for more information. 

The Scuba Gear You Will Use

When you take our Open Water Diver course, we'll include the main scuba diving rental equipment, and course materials with our course fee. We do not charge extra. This will incude tanks, weights, BCD(Buoyancy Compensation Device), wetsuit, and scuba regulator with compass and dive computer. Proper gear fit is most imprtant so you must own your personal gear. 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 session. The most important part of scuba equipment is the fit so do not buy online and hope it works. 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

If you sign up for our OWD Course via this web site, you must stop by the shop to pick up your PADI Open Water Diver Crew Pack w/course materials and complete your class registration. There will also be some paperwork and homework that you will need to complete prior to your first pool session. 

Getting off work or school too late and can't make our classroom on time? 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 then take a brief quiz at the shop to demonstrate your understanding of the material. 

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

Classroom learning has been temporarity suspended due to COVID-19 so we are offering the same academic portion of the course online!
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. 
With the classroom option, you will be required to watch the PADI Open Water Diver DVD. This DVD is available for purchase or rent at the store.

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.
Don't foget! 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.