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Open Water Class

What PADI says about this class....

During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you'll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it a rewarding challenge.

The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions. You'll enjoy making one or more minidives, which take you through the same steps you follow when you make open water dives. To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives at a local dive site.


Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you met the course requirements. Dive centers and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll be trained to a maximum depth of 60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It's just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures.


What Recreation Scuba says....

During the Covid event we are still teaching scuba. We always have an orientation night online to explain the course, introduce our staff, and answer questions. We recommend that you sign up for the course within the next 24 hours to start the online academics. 

The academics are conducted through the PADI website. Once you signed up and pay for the course we send you the information via email to create a PADI login. You will complete the academics online at your own pace, but complete the course before the only academic class. This class will be a quick review of the material you competed and to answer any questions. Then you move on to the pool training. Recreation Scuba using the Microsoft Teams platform for communicating with it's students during its courses.


Pool training is where the majority of learning to become an open water scuba diver happens. In the pool we train by using the crawl, walk, run method of learning. Each skill learned will be a progression of the previous skills. In the pool you master the skills with teaching and coaching from the instruction team to ensure you are comfortable before moving on to an open water environment. Our pool sessions last a minimum of four hours. You might get it done quicker at other places, but we want our students to not only learn and master the skills necessary for scuba, but we want you to be comfortable and confident. We do NOT believe in mass producing open water divers. We believe in developing dive buddies that WE would be confident in diving with. Our students get plenty of time to practice underwater skills not just during initial training, but after all training is complete.

Our philosophy is to never take an issue to the open water.


The open water dives....

Your open water dives can be conducted either in the salt water or fresh water. Our primary training locations are Monterey Bay or Lake Tahoe.

Recreation Scuba's primary concern is all divers safety. Weather and water conditions dictate our risk management decisions as to where and when we dive.

Your four open water dives will be conducted over two days, inline with PADI standards. Most divers all glad to conduct just two dives a day, but sometimes we'll do a third dive if the class and instructors are up for it. When you compete dive four on the second day, you'll be welcomed in to the dive community as a PADI Open Water diver. From here, you'll be able to scuba dive with other divers, to include some of the Under Pressure Dive club members who like to dive with new divers after dive four.

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