PADI® Open Water Diver - OWD
PADI® Open Water Diver course is the classic beginner course for new divers.
After completing and passing the course, you are authorized to dive worldwide with your buddy.
If you've always wondered what's under the surface of the water, now is the time to find out.
Start the journey of a lifetime with the PADI® Open Water Diver course.
What can you expect?
In the PADI® Open Water Diver course I teach you the basics of scuba diving.
You start in a protected environment such as the natural swimming pool in Riehen and when you are ready, we switch to one of the beautiful Swiss lakes.
During this time you will develop your skills and abilities in scuba diving under water with me.
You can work through the eLearning yourself before or during the course. It not only gives you more background knowledge, but also allows you to design your course flexibly.
After completing the eLearning and the 4th sea dive, you are a certified PADI® Open Water Diver and can start your next underwater adventure right away.
- Junior Open Water Diver
- Materials required
- Course schedule
- Course variants
- Possible next courses after that
- PADI - Description
- PADI - Academic
- Restriction for 10 - 15 year old children - see Junior Open Water Diver
- Float on the surface without swimming aids for 10 minutes or tread water
- Swim 200 meters without swimming aids or 300 meters with mask, snorkel and fins
Regular course options:
Not included in the course price:
After booking & paying for the course, you will normally receive your PADI® eLearning code within 24 hours and can start right away.
- PADI® eLearning: 5-10 hours
- Allow 1-2 hours to try on the equipment
- The equipment can be collected and returned 1-2 days before and after the course day.
- Normally 2-3 appointments
- Plus 1 reserve date
- Optional: First open water dive with your buddy as a certified diver after the 4th open water dive.
- 2x 1 full day (whole weekend or individually) for the 4 open water dives
In the regular course you take part in the PADI® course together with a group. We will look for dates together when we can meet.
There are two or more of you and you want to be on your own. Then a private course with us is just the thing for you. You are together as a group and indicate when the dates suit you and when we meet.
Are you alone and want to be able to schedule your appointments flexibly? The VIP course is just right for you.
The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches you what you need to know to explore the underwater world through scuba diving. For most, this is a worthwhile challenge. The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three parts:
- Development of knowledge
- Dives in confined water (a delimited body of water)
- Open water dives.
The "Developing your knowledge" section explains the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for your safety and to enjoy diving. During the dives in Confined Water you learn and practise diving skills in a swimming pool or in a body of water with conditions similar to a swimming pool. You undertake one or more mini dives in which you go through the same steps as for open water dives. Finally, you practise, use and demonstrate what you have learned during the four open water dives at a local dive site. A PADI Open Water diving certificate shows that you have fulfilled the course requirements. Dive centers and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent you diving equipment, fill your tanks or confirm your registration for a dive trip. As a PADI Open Water Diver you will be trained to dive to a maximum of 18 meters/60 feet and in conditions at least as good as those in which you were trained. You are just at the beginning of a life with countless diving experiences.
To enroll in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, you must be at least 10 years old. You don't need any previous diving experience, but you must be in good health.
The PADI Open Diver course consists of three important parts:
- Knowledge development (online, self-study or in the classroom) to understand the basic principles of diving
- Dives in confined water (i.e. in a swimming pool or in a confined and protected area in open water) to learn basic diving skills
- Dives in open water (for example in a lake) to apply your skills and explore the underwater world
Short on time? Then the PADI Scuba Diver course might be the right thing for you. Here we reduce the chapters in eLearning, the time in the pool and in the open water.