LEARN TO DIVE
The PADI Open Water Diver Course
After completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll be certified to dive independently up to 18m, anywhere in the world (with certain exceptions for 10-15 year-olds). This course is highly informative and very rewarding.
The Open Water course is a 3-4 day activity that can be spread out to your convenience. It consists of Knowledge Development (involving video lessons, knowledge reviews, quizzes, and a final exam) that can be done on your own time from anywhere you like, a water-skills assessment, Confined Water practice sessions, and four Open Water checkout dives. You’ll also learn how to assemble and disassemble your own set of scuba gear (rental gear is provided by ATHENS SCUBA), and how to care for it properly. In both the confined water and Open Water dives, you will be expected to master a series of essential skills which we will demonstrate and teach you step by step.
Athens Scuba uses brand new, state of the art scuba equipment from the best manufactures. Rental gear is provided and included in the prices of all beginner scuba diving courses conducted with us at Athens Scuba.
All of our highly knowledgeable PADI professionals will make sure that you feel safe and looked after from the moment of signing up for the course to the date you’ll be certified.
STEP 1 – KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT (eLearning)
The first step towards your PADI Open Water Diver certification is to develop your basic knowledge about scuba diving. This can be completed online through eLearning at your own convenience and pace or in person with your Athens Scuba PADI instructor.
STEP 2 – SKILL DEVELOPMENT
After you have completed the knowledge development online or with your Athens Scuba PADI instructor, it’s time to get wet and learn the skills that are required to dive. This part is called confined water dives usually conducted in a pool, likely to be at the Georgia Aquatic Center. The other option is to do it in pool like conditions, which could be done at the dedicated scuba cove at Lake Jacassee. Athens Scuba offers both ways, whichever works best for you.
STEP 3 – CHECK OUT
(Open Water Dives)
The Open Water checkout dives will complete your course. As the name implies, they are done in open water, either a lake (Jocassee, in our case) or an Ocean. Athens Scuba has scheduled dives from comfortable dive boats on lake Jocassee. We can also take you to the springs in northern Florida or even go with you to complete your open water dives in an ocean. We’ll be happy to accommodate you in any case.
To Participate In The PADI Open Water Diver Course, You Must Be:
- Minimum 10 years of age
- Comfortable in water and have basic swimming skills, our instructor will have you do a 200 yard swim and a 10 min float
- In good overall health, as there is a medical form to fill out. If you have all “No’s” then all you need to do is sign the form. If you have a “Yes” or not sure, then you must see a physician to get a doctors signature for the “Yes” you have marked. This form must be completed before any class time can be started.
What You’ll Learn:
You’ll learn everything you need to know to get out and explore the underwater world all across the globe. Each step will take you a bit closer to becoming a good and comfortable diver. We, at Athens Scuba, will make sure that you’ll be prepared for your upcoming diving adventures. Make no mistake in assuming that you’ll be a perfect diver after the course. Scuba diving, more than most activities, relies on experience, concentration and ability to use the knowledge you gained throughout the PADI Open Water Diver course. Certain dives you’ll come across after completing this course will require a higher certification than the Open Water Diver. We’ll be happy to help you gain experience and comfort. If you decide to continue your Scuba education, Athens Scuba will be ready to assist you.
The Learning Materials You’ll Need:
Most of Athens Scuba’s PADI Open Water Diver courses will be taught with the PADI eLearning program. It has developed an excellent reputation and a proven record of successful learning from anywhere on your own time schedule. If you decide to go with the Oconee Package, we’ll give you the option to learn all PADI Open Water Diver knowledge with an Athens Scuba PADI instructor. The learning materials will be provided by Athens Scuba.
The Scuba Gear You’ll Use
You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a dive computer and accessories.