Open Water Diver
Take a Scuba Lesson with the SSI Open Water Diver Course
Get your 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 Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.
The Fun Part
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 5 dives in a confined water environment and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your Instructor.
What You Learn
How much fun scuba diving is.
Scuba diving equipment considerations for your local diving environment.
How to plan, and execute actual dives.
How to prevent and manage problems.
The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge Development (home study 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, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full Open Water Diver course certification.
The Scuba Gear You Use
In the Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear and standard accessories. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon the temperate of the water.
The Open Water Diver manual covers what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump into a pool-like environment to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.
To enroll in the Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years or older and be able to swim 200m