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SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Referral

Embark on an exhilarating journey into the depths with the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification – your gateway to the thrilling world of scuba diving! Dive into online learning at your own pace, hone your skills in the pool, and experience the excitement of open-water dives, all while earning your ticket to explore the waters worldwide.

Get ready for a transformative adventure where learning meets passion, leading to a certification that not only unlocks the wonders of the underwater realm but also fosters personal growth and connects you with the global diving community. With SDI, it's not just about certification; it's about gaining access to an exclusive world of underwater marvels!

With Stillwater Diving, you'll experience a seamless and efficient course, with all training conducted either at our store location or within a 15-minute radius.

Before enrolling in this course, please review the Medical Questionnaire below and obtain physician approval if necessary.


This referral option allows you to complete your Open Water Training Dives at a tropical destination of your choice. 


Why Get Your Scuba Diver Certification?


Imagine floating weightlessly like an astronaut, cruising with the currents among colorful fish, or investigating shipwrecks, which are like underwater museums. Scuba diving offers you the unique experience of exploring a world that many people never get to see firsthand. With your SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification, you gain access to this world in a safe and educated manner. This certification opens a new realm of environmental awareness, adventure, and camaraderie, as divers are part of a community that shares a passion for the underwater world.

Scuba diving is not just another sport; it’s a transformative experience that allows you to witness life under the waves. It is an activity that can be enjoyed at almost any age and can be combined with travel to some of the most beautiful and remote destinations in the world. Certification is your ticket to these experiences and the starting point for many more advanced diving opportunities.

Who Is Open Water Certification For?


The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification is designed for:

Persons wishing to receive a comprehensive introduction to scuba diving

Those interested in underwater exploration and marine life

Individuals looking to participate in a new recreational activity full of excitement

Whether you’re 15 or 65, the certification is tailored to those with a sense of adventure and a love for the natural world. With options available for younger enthusiasts aged 10-14 through the Junior Open Water Scuba Diver course, it ensures that the wonders of diving are accessible to family members of various ages.



What Skills Will You Learn?


During the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course, you will gain knowledge and experience in:

Understanding the Aquatic Environment: Learn how vision, light, sound, and heat loss differ underwater and how tides, currents, waves, and surge affect diving.

Physics and Physiology: Grasp the principles of buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, and the implications of breathing compressed air.

Equipment Mastery: From selection and assembly to maintenance, learn how to handle dive gear responsibly.

Dive Planning and Safety: Develop the skills necessary for basic scuba skills, underwater navigation, buddy systems, emergency procedures, and basic rescue techniques.

Upon completion, you’ll be equipped to conduct open-water dives, continue your education, and join the ranks of certified recreational divers worldwide.

Click here for the full Open Water Scuba Diver Standards and Procedures

What Are Scuba Classes Like?


Get Smart with eLearning: Start by mastering the academic side of scuba diving online. The comprehensive eLearning program allows you to absorb the material at your own pace, using interactive presentations and quizzes to ensure a thorough understanding of diving theory.

Get Wet with Pool Training: After the online component, you’ll apply your knowledge in real-world conditions under the watchful eye of an SDI instructor. The confined water sessions are all about getting comfortable with your dive gear and learning essential skills in a controlled environment, such as a swimming pool.

Go Diving in Open Water: With the groundwork laid, you’ll head to open water, where you’ll conduct a series of dives to practice and perfect the skills you’ve learned. Under supervision, you will experience everything from gear setup to executing perfect buoyancy control and safe ascent procedures.

These steps are detailed, engaging, and structured to ensure you have the confidence and competence to dive safely and enjoyably. Instructors personalize the experience by adjusting teaching methods and pacing based on the class’s needs, ensuring personalized attention and a maximum instructor-to-student ratio that facilitates quality learning.

Your path to becoming an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver is clear, exciting, and full of possibilities. With the right training, the underwater world becomes your playground, teeming with opportunities for adventure and exploration. The only question now is, are you ready to take the plunge?



What's Included?


Course includes: SDI Open Water Scuba Diver eLearning, classroom knowledge development session, 2 pool training sessions, and the use of our scuba equipment for the pool portion of the course. In addition, you will receive a logbook with your diving records to take with you to the destination where you will be completeing your Open Water Training Dives. 

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. The 4 open water training dives needed to compelte certification.


At Stillwater Diving we understand not everyone learns or masters skills at the same speed. Our Open Water class is set up as a happy medium. If you need more time in the pool, or during Open Water Training dives, you are more than welcome to sign up for another scheduled date at no additional charge. 

Classroom: Stillwater Diving  2410 Milwaukee Street, Delafield, WI

Pool: YMCA @ Pabst Farms, Oconomowoc, WI 



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