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Padi Open Water Diver Course

The Padi Open Water course is the entry-level course where all divers start out.
To earn your OW Certification you will undergo academic study, pool practice sessions and 4 boat dives. We can also offer you a "Referral" where you complete only your final "checkout dives"in St Kitts.
We are professional dive educators. Auston has been teaching for over 25 years and Terry, our lead Instructor, has over 2,000 registered students with Padi.

  • Padi eLearning is used for this course.
  • Our course fee includes all gear needed for the course.
  • No extras. We even include your certification fee and Padi official logbook.
  • 3 half days required when you are on island.
  • Small training groups only (Private Course is available).
  • Places are always limited. Please plan ahead and book your course well in advance.

Course Content

  • Academic Study - completed on-line in your own time prior to arriving on island.
  • Review of eLearning.
  • Half day pool session.
  • 4 Boat dives over 2 days.
  • We have an information sheet available. Please ask us.

More Detail

Academic Study - This will take around 6 hours or so, completed using our eLearning classroom. You will also have access to the Padi Open Water Manual on-line in the future. Your fee for this is payable to Padi. You sign up through us and we give a reduced price from our regular rate.

Study Review - Review questions for you to answer and a chance to discuss anything you are not quite sure of with our Instructor.

Pool Session - All the scuba skills we learn and practice in the safe environment of a pool. Lots of time to practise before you go on to Open Water. We allow a half day for this.

Open Water Dives - 4 ocean dives from our boat over 2 days. We usually start around 8.15am and finish by 2pm. Dive time is limited by your air consumption. The average student dives for around 35 to 45 mins on each dive. You spend a small part of each dive demonstrating your mastery of the new skills you learned in the pool.

Dive Tables - We teach our courses using both dive tables and a dive computer. At the end of 2 days you will have a good working knowledge of both.

What you need to know

  • Minimum age 10 yrs.
  • You need to be able to swim 200 yds (mtrs).
  • You need to be able to float unaided for 5 minutes.
  • You need an average level of fitness and good health.
  • This course qualifies you to 60 ft (18m) and you will plan and execute a dive to this depth during training.

Performance Based Learning

Timing- The course moves at your pace. The easy skills need to be mastered before moving on to more complex ones. If you need more time than what we allow, then extra time will be made available for you (at an additional cost). Not every student completes the in water sections of the course in 3 half days.

Standards - We do not expect perfection from a new diver. However we do expect you to be able to complete each skill safely (most skills are safety related). We use words like "Comfortable", "Repeatable", "Maintaining Bouyancy" to describe what we expect from you.

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