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  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course

Your scuba journey begins here with the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course. In addition to online learning you will receive a knowledge development session with your instructor to get hands on experience with the gear you will be training in. Once you have the knowledge, we apply that knowledge in two safe confined water pool sessions. Once you have mastered the skills necessary for scuba diving in confined water, you can schedule your Open Water Training Dives where you will prove your mastery of these skills in real world conditions. Open Water Training Dives aren't all skills however, we do go for actual dives between the skills, so you get to see wildlife, and experience what a dive would be like before leaving class. Stillwater Diving's friendly and experienced SDI dive professionals will be there with you every step of the way.  


***This course includes eLearning to be completed before your course begins. If you DO NOT receive an eLearning confirmation 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 physician approval IF needed.




Want to complete your Open Water Training Dives abroad?  SEE SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Referral

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SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course includes: SDI Open Water Scuba Diver eLearning crewpack, classroom knowledge development sessions, pool training sessions, 4 open water training dives, and the use of our scuba equipment for the duration of the course. One evening knowledge development, two days pool training, and two days (4 dives) open water training. Pick one date for your pool training and one for your open water training dives.

Schedule your Open Water Traning 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. 


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. 

If none of these dates work for you, we do offer Private classes, please contact us for availablity and pricing.

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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