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SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Referral

The same Open Water class as previously described, with a twist.

If you want to get Open Water Scuba Diver certified but local diving conditions are not ideal, the referral option is for you. You can do your classroom and pool work with Stillwater Diving near your home, and then finish your certification and open water training dives with any SDI dive shop around the world.


***This course includes eLearning to be compelted before your course begins. If you DO NOT receive an eLearning conrimation email within 24 hours, please contact us!  To help us ensure quality training and the best experience for you and your fellow students, give yourself enough time to complete the online materials!**


Before Signing up for this course:

Please review Medical Questionnaire below and get physican approval IF needed.



If needed, download a paper version of the Medical Questionnaire for your doctor to sign before you start your course.

Course Details Below  

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At the end of your classroom and pool session your instructor will give you all the necessary paperwork needed by the SDI Instructor completing your open water training dives at your tropical destination. 

Open Water Diver Referral Course includes: SDI Open Water eLearning Crewpack, classroom knowledge development sessions, pool training sessions,  and the use of our scuba equipment for the duration of the course. One evening knowledge development and two days pool training. 

Referral Course does NOT include: Mask, fins, snorkel, or boots. These pieces of equipment fitting properly are critical to your safety and enjoyment while scuba diving. Variation from person to person makes it very difficult to have rental gear that fits perfectly for everyone in a given class. For these reasons we invite you to stop by and ask our professional staff to help you find the best fit for you. 

Please contact us with any questions concerning this incredible opportunity to get certified year round in warm, clear, blue waters with Stillwater Diving or another SDI Dive Center. 

Who should attend?

  • People wishing to obtain a scuba diving certification
  • People interested in underwater exploration

Course prerequisites:

  • Be 18 years old, or 10 thru 15 years old with parental consent 
  • Students between the ages of 10 through 14 may obtain an SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Certification if the following conditions are met: junior students are to train and dive under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or active dive professional
  • When an SDI Junior Open Water Diver reaches the age of 15, they may upgrade to an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification

What will you learn:

The SDI Open Water Diver course will cover all the skills and knowledge needed for open water scuba diving including:

  • Aquatic environment: Vision, Light, sound, heat loss, Tides, Currents, waves, Swell, etc.
  • Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.
  • Selection, assembly, use and maintenance of diving equipment
  • Dive Planning
  • Basic scuba skills including mask and regulator handling, swimming underwater, buoyancy control, basic rescue techniques and emergency procedures
  • Swimming evaluation (Must be completed prior to any scuba skill being taught)
    • Distance swim of 200 metres non-stop using any stroke without the use of mask, snorkel or any swimming aids, or 300 metres non-stop using mask, snorkel, and fins
    • Survival swim/float of 10 minutes
  • And much more!

What's in it for you? 

Upon successful completion of SDI's Open Water Scuba Diver course, graduates can:

  • Perform open water dives in conditions similar to their training
  • Continue their training by taking Advanced Diver courses and SDI specialties

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment regarding dive planning and execution
  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver knowledge reviews or their online equivalents
  • Fulfill all requirements in the water safely and efficiently including a 200 meter/yd swim and 10 minute tread

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