Dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with Albany Scuba and PADI, the dive companies that set the standards in the global diving community.
Why PADI Open Water?
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.
Why Albany Scuba?
Albany Scuba is a young shop, with small class sizes- this means more personal one on one training for you. We keep our gear well serviced and our instructor to student ratio's are all about your comfort and safety. Here at Albany Scuba, our goal isnt just to get people
certified, but rather to help people discover a passion for the underwater world. We make confident and safe divers!
What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.
- Minimum age: 10
What will I do?
Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.
How long will it take?
PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Albany Scuba's classes usually last three to four weeks. We meet five or six times to review your home study material, learn dive skills in the pool and spend a weekend together putting your new knowledge and dive skill to use in an ocean environment.
What will I need?
- PADI Open Water Crew-Pak
- PADI Open Water Video or DVD
- Log Book
Where can I go from here?
Continue the adventure with PADI’s Adventures In Diving program, you next step in exploring the underwater world. Stop by Albany Scuba for more information on the PADI Adventures In Diving program or call 800-960-5720.