Open Water Dive Certification Fact Sheet

Open Water Dive Certification provides you with an internationally accepted certification card that allows you to dive on your own.

Open Water Dive Certification Class (Nate Miglucci)

open water dive Fact Sheet

•  Every PADI Open Water Dive course includes three simple phases:

  1. Knowledge Development - You will learn things such as how pressure affects your body, how to choose the     best gear and what to consider when planning dives.
  2. Pool Dives - You develop basic scuba skills in a swimming pool. Here, you learn everything from setting up your gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing.
  3. Open Water Dives - You will continue to learn during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor in a typical dive environment. This is where you have fun putting it all together and fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level.

•  What Gear Do I Need?
As a minimum, you want your own mask, fins and snorkel when you start the PADI Open Water Diver course. They are fit to you so they will make you more comfortable when you are diving. The rest of the required equipment for the course will be provided.

•  Who Can Dive?

  1. Physical – for safety, all students complete a brief questionnaire about medical  condition.  If there are any concerns you may be asked for a written release from your own medical doctor.
  2. Water Skills – You will need to demonstrate basic water skill comfort by swimming 200 yards. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want. You will also float in deep water for 10 minutes, again using any methods that you want.
  3. Age – You must be at least 10 years old.

•  How Soon Can I Dive?
You’ll be diving in less time than you think. Typically you complete the PADI Open Water Diver course over anywhere from four days to six weeks, depending on how frequently you meet with your instructor. Custom courses and private lessons can be arranged to meet your schedule. Call 518.357.3234 for prices.  

Captain Frank Hartley has been a Master Scuba Instructor for six years teaching PADI Scuba primarily in the Albany, NY area.  Frank was certified when he was 16 years old and has enjoyed diving in the Caribbean, Canada and throughout the Northeast USA.