Getting Certified Is a Three Step Process
- Step 1 is to acquire all of the important academic information every certified diver must know. Traditionally, it required attending several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
- Step 2 is to complete your in-water skill-development training. This takes place in a swimming pool or similar body of confined water. Here you will learn the fundamental skills that every diver needs to know. (It’s also a lot of fun.)
- Step 3 is complete four or more open-water training dives under the supervision of your Padi Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.
- Have a group of 4 or more we will provide private lessons on your groups schedule.
What does it cover?
The PADI Open Water Diver course is, by far, the world’s most popular scuba certification course. Millions of people have started diving as certified PADI Open Water Divers. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) and dive skills (techniques, methods). The PADI Open Water Diver Course online provides the knowledge development portion you need. You develop the remaining skills by actually diving with a Saguaro Scuba PADI Instructor.
What are the PADI Open Water Diver course prerequisites?
To be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, you need to be at least 10 years old*, fit for diving, and able to swim. To be able to participate in the PADI eLearning Open Water online program, you simply need to be at least 10 years old.
*In some regions the minimum age is higher.
What does it cost?
The PADI Open Water Diver Course online is nonrefundable. The fee covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual (course textbook). You will be charged an additional fee for the in water portion of your certification. You will also need to purchase a Mask,Snorkel,Fins and other personal Scuba equipment. The friendly & experianced Saguaro Scuba staff will be here to help you choose equipment suited to your needs. You will also need the How to Use and Choose Dive Computers manual and a log book.
Pool Sessions: $60
Open Water Lake Dives: $189
Saguaro Training Calendar (for Arizona based divers)
How do you document that youve completed the eLearning segment?
Once you finish the eLearning portion of the course, your dive center is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical phase of the program. At the end of the eLearning program, you can print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to your selected PADI Dive Center or Resort.
What else is required to complete the course?
Prior to certification as a PADI Open Water Diver, you will need to come to Saguaro Scuba to complete your training. You will take a short eLearning Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course, and you must successfully complete five confined water / Pool dives and four open water training dives with your Saguaro Scuba PADI Instructor. You will learn and master each of the required skills in confined water (swimming pool-like conditions) first before moving on and showing your instructor that you can comfortably repeat those skills in open water. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be a certified entry-level diver able to rent dive gear, get air fills and dive anywhere in the world in better or similar conditions to those you have trained in.
Other PADI Courses
PADI Open Water Scuba Course in Mesa, Arizona
Get certified to dive in Arizona with Saguaro Scuba
If you have ever dreamed of exploring the underwater world, the PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course may be just what you have been looking for. This course is done in three segments and once completed, you will gain your Certification Card which will allow you to dive at thousands of locations with thousands of dive shops around the world! The ocean will be your playground!
The first step involves purchasing an ELearning Code and completing an online course, which teaches you all of the theory and knowledge you will need to become and Open Water Diver. This course can be done at your pace on your own computer.
After completing your online course, it will be time to start the pool based training with your instructor. During this time, your instructor will go over any questions you had relating to the ELearning Course, get your familiarized with the equipment you will need to scuba dive, as well as teach you the basic skills in the pool.
Finally, the third step in this process is getting you into the open water for your first dives! If you choose to do this in Arizona with us, this is generally done in Lake Pleasant. If you choose to compete this stage at a travel destination, we are happy to prepare your referral documents so that the dive shop can just start the training at the open water portion of the certification. Saguaro is happy to arrange this for you as well as book your travel and diving vacations through many of our contacts we have gained over our nearly 20 years in business.
To get started with your PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course click here
Private Scuba Diving Courses in Arizona
At Saguaro, we offer scuba diving courses starting every month in group settings. What many people don’t realize is that we can also offer private classes to individuals who would prefer to learn in their own group, their own pool, or on their own schedule. We have PADI and SDI Certified Instructors who are happy to teach you to scuba dive in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, or other areas around Arizona. The price and availability of this will vary based upon the size of your group, your location, etc. Please visit the Contact Page and let us know about your private scuba needs and we will do our best to arrange this for you.