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

The Open Water Diver course with Carolina Dive Locker

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.

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 in the pool
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you've participated in a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full Open Water Diver course certification.


Sample Class Itinerary

  • Friday Evening 6-9 pm: Classroom session and introduction to scuba gear.
  • Saturday 8am-4:30pm: Combination of Classroom review and skills practice in the pool.
  • Sunday 8am-4:30pm: Pool scuba skills review and final exam.
  • Complete your Open Water dives the following weekend or whenever is convenient for you!


Open Water Dives

To complete the final part of your certification you will do 4 Open Water training dives.  There are a few ways to complete this part of the course (Price varies with below options):

  • Join us at our local freshwater training site
  • Come on an offshore charter with us in the summer
  • Join us on one of our many trips to Florida, the Caribbean, and beyond!



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

  • 10 years or older 

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 make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your Instructor.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the 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 Carolina Dive Locker Representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course.

The Learning Materials You Need

We offer a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course - book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD as well as online learning options.

Contact Carolina Dive Locker to personalize the best study option for you!

The 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.

We offer the Open Water Diver course through both PADI and SSI (Scuba Schools International).  Both are fantastic options for your certification and we have instructors who can teach through both agencies.

Give us a call, or stop by to get your crew pack and get started.  Check out our Course Schedule to learn about our next Open Water Diver course.

*Please note: Price below includes life support rental gear (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, tank & weights), academic materials and training with an instructor.  Personal gear (mask, fins, snorkel, booties & gear bag), and open water site fees not included.  Must have a cutting tool and timing device for certiciation dives (not included in course price).

  Start Date Course Type End Date Places Available   Price    
04 Dec 2020 SSI Open Water 06 Dec 2020 6 US$ 565.00

Knowledge Development
Fri 04 Dec 2020
06:00 PM
03 hours 00 minutes
Confined Water 1
Sat 05 Dec 2020
08:00 AM
09 hours 00 minutes
Academics and Pool Day 2
Sun 06 Dec 2020
08:00 AM
09 hours 00 minutes

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