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PADI Open Water Diver

The Open water course is for people who are either brand new to diving, or have done some entry level, supervised dives, and have decided that they want to experience more of the underwater world. This course is the gateway that opens up the doors for all future diving levels allowing you to experience the great diversity that the world has to offer in underwater marine life.

The Open Water course is designed as full entry level certification that allows you to dive independently (within your limits) as a certified PADI Diver. Although many professional divers still prefer diving with a guide to get the best local diving experience, you will be able to plan and organize your own dives where ever you travel. In addition, after completing this course you will be knowledgeable enough to procure your own air fills, scuba gear and other diving services. Most of all you will be a recognized, certified PADI Open Water Diver, which among other benefits, lowers the cost of your diving activities.

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Open Water Scuba students practicing skills in an open water environment in Antigua

What Will You Learn?

The Open Water course consists of three segments: Knowledge development, Confined Water dives and Open Water Dives. The knowledge development section establishes the principles that allow you to have fun while diving safely. The fun begins in your confined water dives where you will apply diving principles, learn and pracitce standard diving procedures and skills that you will need in order to plan and execute your own dives without the need for supervision. Finally your open water dives will bring together everything that you have learned and allow you to apply them in a real world diving environment, which prepares your for a life full of future underwater expereinces.

By the end of this course you will be a fully self sufficinet diver with the knowledge to properly set up and use scuba diving equipment, enjoy a full dive in comfort and relaxation all while ensuring that you don’t harm the aquatic life around you. Finaly this course opens up all future windows to more advanced diving options you may wish to follow if you find a passion for scuba diving. DiveCarib is excited to welcome you aboard the list of certified PADI divers.

How To Complete The Open Water Course

To complete the Open Water course, students must complete the online academics with PADI, and then complete the in water training with DiveCarib. To begin, we will issue you a code for PADI E-Learning which you can access by clicking the image below. By using our E-learning link, we are table to track your progress and see how you are doing as well as assist with your learning. Once you have completed the online materials, you will write an online Exam with PADI, and upon succesful completion beging your in-water training with us!

When you arrive at DiveCarib facilities we will have you complete a quick quiz, and then spend 1 day working on knowdledge review with confined water training. We then dedicate two days, each with two seperate dives, with which you can practice and hone the skills you have learned. During these dives we will be able to determine whether you have succesfully met the PADI requirements and grant you a PADI Open Water Certification.

Course materials for an Open Water Scuba Diver Student.

PADI E Learning

To begin your underwater journey, get a PADI E-Learning Code by clicking the image to the right. See you there!

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How Much Does An Open Water Course Cost?

The cost of this course is divided in two parts. First you pay PADI an e-learning fee of $174, which includes your online materials, exam, and the certification fee. Then you pay DiveCarib $550 for the actual training. All prices are quoted in US dollars and includes all applicable taxes and fees. There are no hidden fees.

Why Trust Us With Your Scuba Diving Education?

DiveCarib brings together over 40 years of collective experience between Bryan and Leigh Cunningham, making us the most experienced dive facility in Antigua. Having run this course many times over, we have learned what it takes to not only produce successful Open water Divers, but also ensure that they have an extraordinary amount of fun doing so, and doing so safely. There is a lot more to learning diving than just learning the principles; it’s about learning from others who can share their immense experience to help you appreciate the activity more than ever. We guarantee successful students will finish this program with much more than just a certification.

Great Place To Learn

Leigh was really professional and thorough and a brilliant instructor, thoroughly enjoyed myself and am now looking forward to getting back under water!

Kit M. (TripAdvisor)

PADI Open Water Course Success!

What a great experience doing my PADI open water course with DiveCarib. Leigh and Bryan both fantastic and so knowledgeable, made me feel so secure throughout the course.

LarLaw (TripAdvisor)