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OPEN WATER DIVER The world's most popular scuba diving course

The Open Water Diver course with NANAIMO DIVE OUTFITTERS

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

Nanaimo Dive Oufiters provides professional, high quality instruction that makes learning how to dive a fun adventure! We take the time to teach you right and give you all of the practice you need to ensure your underwataer success.

The Format of the Course

The Open Water Diver course takes place over 4 evenings and one weekend. The usual schedule is:

  • Monday 6:00 - 10:30pm - classroom and pool
  • Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00pm - classroom only
  • Wednesday 6:00 - 10:30pm - classroom and pool
  • Thursday 6:00 - 10:30pm - classroom and pool
  • Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm


What You Learn

The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving,
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills,
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!


Prerequisites

To enroll in the Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 12 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws).


The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is...well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll do approximately 6 hours of pool diving and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.


The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a NANAIMO DIVE OUTFITTERS Representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course.

Wetsuit Vs Drysuit - what is the difference?

Nanaimo Dive Outfitters gives you the option of learning to dive from the start in a drysuit - this means you are dry from your neck down to your toes which keeps you warmer in our waters than a wetsuit. 99% of students learning to dive here choose to learn in a drysuit.

To add more value to your learning, you can not only dive your first dive in the ocean in a drysuit, but you an also do an extra dive, a bit more academic learning, and earn your Drysuit certification as well as your Open Water Diver certification. Thats two steps towards your Master Scuba Diver certification.

Your Nanaimo Dive Outfitters representative will be happy to outline your options for you.


The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course - book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD. Recently PADI has enhanced this program by offering the learning material in an Elearning environment via the internet - this is great if you are coming from out of town and don't have time before class starts to go through the manual.

Contact NANAIMO DIVE OUTFITTERS to personalise the best study option for you!

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.

A Bonus for Our Students

As a student of Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, you will receive discounts on purchasing your own equipment starting with your mask, snorkel, and fins for the OW class. This is a perfect time to try before you buy as there are 3 pool sessions you will have to try them in.

After completing your Water Diver certification, you will receive 2 free equpment rental packages and are welcome to join us on our regular fun dives at local dive sites. You are also invited to join us on a special dive for new divers to experience diving off a boat.

Coming to Nanaimo but not finished your training yet?

Contact us for more information on how we can help you finish your certification through a multi-agency referral from your local dive shop.

  Start Date Course Type End Date Places Available   Price    
21 Oct 2019 Open Water Diver 27 Oct 2019 1 CA$ 551.25

Academics & Confined Water 1
Mon 21 Oct 2019
12:00 AM
Academic Review
Tue 22 Oct 2019
12:00 AM
Academics & Confined Water 2
Wed 23 Oct 2019
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Academics & Confined Water 3
Thu 24 Oct 2019
12:00 AM
Open Water 1 & 2
Sat 26 Oct 2019
12:00 AM
Open Water 3 & 4
Sun 27 Oct 2019
12:00 AM

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18 Nov 2019 Open Water Diver 24 Nov 2019 6 CA$ 551.25

Academics & Confined Water 1
Mon 18 Nov 2019
12:00 AM
Academic Review
Tue 19 Nov 2019
12:00 AM
Academics & Confined Water 2
Wed 20 Nov 2019
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Academics & Confined Water 3
Thu 21 Nov 2019
12:00 AM
Open Water 1 & 2
Sat 23 Nov 2019
12:00 AM
Open Water 3 & 4
Sun 24 Nov 2019
12:00 AM

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09 Dec 2019 Open Water Diver 15 Dec 2019 8 CA$ 551.25

Academics & Confined Water 1
Mon 09 Dec 2019
12:00 AM
Academic Review
Tue 10 Dec 2019
12:00 AM
Academics & Confined Water 2
Wed 11 Dec 2019
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Academics & Confined Water 3
Thu 12 Dec 2019
12:00 AM
Open Water 1 & 2
Sat 14 Dec 2019
12:00 AM
Open Water 3 & 4
Sun 15 Dec 2019
12:00 AM

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26 Dec 2019 Open Water Diver 29 Dec 2019 7 CA$ 551.25

Final Exam & Confined Water
Fri 18 Oct 2019
06:38 PM
Academics & Confined Water 1
Fri 18 Oct 2019
06:38 PM
Academic Review
Thu 26 Dec 2019
12:00 AM
Academics & Confined Water 2
Fri 27 Dec 2019
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Open Water 1 & 2
Sat 28 Dec 2019
12:00 AM
Open Water 3 & 4
Sun 29 Dec 2019
12:00 AM

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13 Jan 2020 Open Water Diver 19 Jan 2020 8 CA$ 551.25

Academics & Confined Water 1
Mon 13 Jan 2020
12:00 AM
Academic Review
Tue 14 Jan 2020
12:00 AM
Academics & Confined Water 2
Wed 15 Jan 2020
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Academics & Confined Water 3
Thu 16 Jan 2020
12:00 AM
Open Water 1 & 2
Sat 18 Jan 2020
12:00 AM
Open Water 3 & 4
Sun 19 Jan 2020
12:00 AM

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10 Feb 2020 Open Water Diver 16 Feb 2020 8 CA$ 551.25

Academics & Confined Water 1
Mon 10 Feb 2020
12:00 AM
Academic Review
Tue 11 Feb 2020
12:00 AM
Academics & Confined Water 2
Wed 12 Feb 2020
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Academics & Confined Water 3
Thu 13 Feb 2020
12:00 AM
Open Water 1 & 2
Sat 15 Feb 2020
12:00 AM
Open Water 3 & 4
Sun 16 Feb 2020
12:00 AM

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16 Mar 2020 Open Water Diver 22 Mar 2020 8 CA$ 551.25

Academics & Confined Water 1
Mon 16 Mar 2020
12:00 AM
Academic Review
Tue 17 Mar 2020
12:00 AM
Academics & Confined Water 2
Wed 18 Mar 2020
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Academics & Confined Water 3
Thu 19 Mar 2020
12:00 AM
Open Water 1 & 2
Sat 21 Mar 2020
12:00 AM
Open Water 3 & 4
Sun 22 Mar 2020
12:00 AM

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