PADI Open Water Diver

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course - the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enrol 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. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

What the Course Entails

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

Course Duration: 4 Days

Course Pre-requisites

The minimum age is 10 years old (in most areas). Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for PADI eLearning, or to use PADI Open Water Diver Touch™.

Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want

Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

Course Flow

Diver certification begins here. Start with PADI's online eLearning course. Move to the pool and practice your new skills. Then experience four open water (ocean/lake) dives.

How Can I Get Started?

Enrol in Open Water Diver Online PADI’s eLearning option and you can start learning 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 can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Stop by your local PADI dive shop to enrol in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.

What is the next adventure?

You can continue the adventure with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Then you will be able to explore deeper depths and under the moon light at night.

Holidays featuring this Course

Solo Divers

Hilton Fayrouz Resort

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Sharm El Sheikh

The Hilton Fayrouz is situated in the heart of Naama Bay and is within easy reach from all the shops, malls, cafes, bars and restaurants Naama Bay has to offer.

  • Hilton’s flagship resort in Naama bay
  • Beachfront promenade location
  • BB, HB & FB board basis
  • Relaxed laid back atmosphere
  • Choice of restaurants and bars
  • 4 outdoor pools including a kids pool

Solo Divers

Hilton Fayrouz Resort

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Sharm El Sheikh

The Hilton Fayrouz is situated in the heart of Naama Bay and is within easy reach from all the shops, malls, cafes, bars and restaurants Naama Bay has to offer.

  • Hilton’s flagship resort in Naama bay
  • Beachfront promenade location
  • BB, HB & FB board basis
  • Relaxed laid back atmosphere
  • Choice of restaurants and bars
  • 4 outdoor pools including a kids pool

Solo Divers

Hilton Dreams Resort

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Sharm El Sheikh

The Hilton Sharm Dream is set back from the gently shelving bay amidst beautiful grounds and swimming lagoons, making the perfect place for relaxation just 20 minutes from the airport.

  • Great resort just outside Naama Bay
  • Choice of 4 restaurants
  • 314 with balcony or terrace
  • All inclusive resort
  • Quiet setting away from the nightlife
  • Emperor Divers close by

Solo Divers

Hilton Dreams Resort

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Sharm El Sheikh

The Hilton Sharm Dream is set back from the gently shelving bay amidst beautiful grounds and swimming lagoons, making the perfect place for relaxation just 20 minutes from the airport.

  • Great resort just outside Naama Bay
  • Choice of 4 restaurants
  • 314 with balcony or terrace
  • All inclusive resort
  • Quiet setting away from the nightlife
  • Emperor Divers close by

Solo Divers

Falcon Naama Star

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Sharm El Sheikh

At the Falcon Naama Star Hotel we offer a great value for money. The hotel has 180 elegantly furnished rooms fully equipped. The Hotel Beach- "Viva Beach " is only 10 minutes away from Naama Bay.

  • Families, couples & groups
  • In the heart of Naama Bay
  • Variety of board basis to sort all
  • Sauna & beauty services
  • Two refreshing pools
  • Diving with Emperor Divers

Solo Divers

Falcon Naama Star

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Sharm El Sheikh

At the Falcon Naama Star Hotel we offer a great value for money. The hotel has 180 elegantly furnished rooms fully equipped. The Hotel Beach- "Viva Beach " is only 10 minutes away from Naama Bay.

  • Families, couples & groups
  • In the heart of Naama Bay
  • Variety of board basis to sort all
  • Sauna & beauty services
  • Two refreshing pools
  • Diving with Emperor Divers

Solo Divers

Velidhu Island Resort

Maldives Diving Holidays, Ari Atoll

The contemporary Velidhu Island Resort is located on a tropical island surrounded by a pristine coral reef teeming with exquisite marine life including barracuda, sharks, turtles and rays!

  • Located on North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Beach & water bungalows
  • Spa facilities available
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Ideal resort for couples

Solo Divers

Lahami Bay Beach Resort

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Hamata

The Lahami Bay Beach Resort is surrounded by pristine natural, untouched surroundings, reflecting an Oriental Maritime and a Mediterranean style.

  • 5* resort with great house reef diving
  • Set in beautiful gardens
  • Excellent Restaurant/Bar/Spa/Pool
  • Perfect for those seeking quality
  • 220 rooms with terrace or sea view
  • HB or AI board basis

Solo Divers

Lahami Bay Beach Resort

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Hamata

The Lahami Bay Beach Resort is surrounded by pristine natural, untouched surroundings, reflecting an Oriental Maritime and a Mediterranean style.

  • 5* resort with great house reef diving
  • Set in beautiful gardens
  • Excellent Restaurant/Bar/Spa/Pool
  • Perfect for those seeking quality
  • 220 rooms with terrace or sea view
  • HB or AI board basis

Solo Divers

Hilton Hurghada Resort

Red Sea Diving Holidays, Hurghada

The Hilton Resort is located at the vibrant touristic Hurghada’s promenade being the perfect place for all, families, couples, singles and divers where comfort and luxury go hand in hand.

  • All inclusive resort
  • Divers Lodge on-site
  • Choice of restaurants & bars
  • Private sandy beach
  • Great for families and couples
  • Spa & wellness centre