OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION
So you’re ready to get your PADI scuba diving certification?! Whether you have always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, are looking to discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba diving course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.
Aaron’s Dive Shop offers Open Water Scuba Diving Courses around YOUR schedule! With the eLearning (online learning), small class sizes and hands-on instruction; you will be scuba diving in no time!
This is the first level of scuba diving where you learn your basic scuba diving skills. It consists of three parts, academic learning (knowledge development), pool training (confined water), and open water certification dives.
The academic portion (which can be completed in-person or on-line) is broken into five sections and will teach you about the fundamentals you need to understand to be able safely make dives using scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus).
The pool sessions are also broken into five sessions (completed in one day). They will build on the knowledge you got in the classroom and give you a chance to practice all the skills you will need to master.
The open water dives are what everyone is waiting for – here is your time to get out for a dive and demonstrate that you have learned the skills needed to safely dive. You’ll be trained to a maximum depth of 60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It’s just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures.
Materials you need for this course:
Class Tuition (Includes: books, gear rental, boat charters)
To become open water certified, you do not need to have any prior scuba diving training or experience. We do recommend that students participate in a Discover Scuba Diving experience to get a taste for scuba diving but it is not required.
Students must be able to swim.
Students must be medically fit, able to complete a 200 yd swim (there is no time limit or stroke requirement). Students must fill out the Medical Questionnaire and potentially be cleared by a physician to dive.
The minimum age for certification is 10 years old and you must be physically capable of carrying 25lbs of weight on your back.
The course takes a minimum of three days. We are very flexible, we allow our students to start when they wish and we will work around your schedule.
There is required reading that must be completed before the start of the course. You can come into the shop to recieve your crew pack with your books, there is also the option of doing all the knowledge development online through PADI e-Learning.
We at Aarons pride ourselves on our customer service, our class schedule is based on your availability and due to this our class size is generally very small. You will feel like you have your own private instructor giving you the attention you deserve.
Our boat, the Honey, is based out of Hawaii Kai and is a USCG certified vessel that accommodates nine customers, not including staff. We split up the divers into groups based on the classes that you are in so that once in the water you are in a small group once again.