"Open Water Driver"
Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

What You Learn

Learn to scuba dive with PADIThe PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

* Knowledge Development (online, Open Water Diver Touch or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
* Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
* Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.


To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must

Be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires an extra registration step for students under 13 years due to international internet laws.

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

"Advanced Open Water Diver"
Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water.

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

* Underwater navigation
* Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
* A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice


To take this course, you must be:

* A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
* 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include

* Practical aspects of deep diving
* Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
* More ways to use your underwater compass
* How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
* How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)
* And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose

"Emergency First Response"
First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. And, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver course.

Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors!

What You Learn in the EFR Primary and Secondary Care Courses

* BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson level
* AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
* Preventing and caring for shock
* Spinal injury management
* Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
* Basic first aid and first aid kit considerations


To enroll in Emergency First Response courses, you must

* Care about other people and want to be able to assist them in a medical emergency

"Rescue Diver"
“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

What You Learn

* Self rescue
* Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
* Emergency management and equipment
* Rescuing panicked divers
* Rescuing unresponsive divers


Diver having fun during her scuba diving trainingTo enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must

* Be 12 years or older
* Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
* Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses).

Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

What You Learn

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

As you progress through your Divemaster course, you’ll expand your diving knowledge, hone you skills and increase your confidence. Then, as a PADI Divemaster, you’ll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the joy of seeing them transformed by the majesty of the the acquatic realm.

What You Can Teach

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

* Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
* Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
* Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
* Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
* Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
* If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
* Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
* Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
* Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
** surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
** when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
* Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
* Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
* Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
* Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.