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Open Water Certification

Open Water Certification is the basic scuba certification offered by KY Diver.

PADI Open Water StudentsAfter successful completion of a PADI Open Water Diver certification program students will be equipped and receive a certificaiton card (C-Card) indicating that they have successfully completed a PADI course of study and that they are able to perform safe dives in an open water environment without instructor supervision.

Open Water certification is comprised of three parts. The first two, Knowledge Development, and Confined Water are normally completed together, while the third part, Open Water checkout Dives, are completed separately.

Knowledge Development

This is the classroom portion of your Open Water training. In the classroom students will review topics related to the diving safety, scuba equipment care and assembly, and some basic physics and phyiology associated with scuba diving. Students will complete knowledge Review questions in the Open Water Divers Manual provided and participate in classroom discussion. Students also have the option of completing Knowledge Reviews using the PADi e-Learning option.

Confined Water Skills

In confined water like a swimming pool students are introduced to the basic skills associated with scuba diving. These skills begin with simply donning scuba gear and breathing underwater. From there students practice skills like buoyancy control, clearing water from their mask and sharing air with a buddy

Open Water Checkout Dives

After completing confined water skills in a swimming pool, students are ready to take their skills into open water. To complete the PADI Open Water Diver certification requirements students are required to plan and execute four dives in an open water environment like a lake, quarry, or the ocean. There are no new skills to be learned during the Open Water checkout dives. Instead, students focus on dive planning and execution. The checkout dives are an opportunity for students to perform their first four dives with the oversight of an instructor and they are an opportunity for new divers to demonstrate to their instructor that they are ready to begin diving on their own. 

 The Scuba Gear You Will Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you will learn to use basic scuba gear including a Buoyancy Compensator, scuba cylinder or tank, and regulator (a scuba unit). Additionally you may choose to plan your dives using traditional dive tables, a special dive calculator (eRDPml), or dive a computer.

Your instructor will advise you on the options. Rental scuba units and air fills are provided as part of your course fee. Additional 'personal gear' that each student will provide are a mask, fins, and snorkel. Your personal gear may be purchased at any local dive shop or on-line. Again, check with your KY Diver instructor can advise you on where you can find the best pricing in our area. 

The Learning Mateirials You Need 

PADI Crew-PackA portion of your course fee will include a set of PADI Open Water Diver self-study materials or Crew-Pack. PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover 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 in the pool (or 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.