PADI Open Water Scuba Diver
Get Your Scuba Diving Certification in St Thomas with the PADI Open Water Diver Course
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your PADI Scuba Diving certification in just 2 days using PADI Elearning for your academic portion before you arrive in St Thomas USVI.
The PADI 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 PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development (online, home study or on the beach classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined Water Dives on your first day to learn basic scuba skills – We do all our confined dives on the beach in about 5 feet of water, not in a pool.
- Open Water Dives off the boat to review your skills and explore the amazing reef systems of the Virgin islands! these dives will start in 10′ of water and you’ll dive one of our amazing reef systems just 20′-30′ below the water
Open Water Diver with no prior classroom time
Using PADI Elearning for your academic portion before you arrive in St Thomas, This is honestly the best environment to do the whole PADI certification in. The reason why is PADI requires that all new students start the certification process in a confined water environment. This standard only states that a confined water environment must be “pool-like conditions” but nowhere in the policy does it say “POOL”. Here in the virgin islands the water and beaches are naturally pool-like conditions. What that means for you is no boring pool dives. Our full open water class is done right on the white sand beaches. Our classroom is literally the sand and our “pool” dives are in about 6 feet deep water right off the beach. When you get to the island, we will pick you up and bring to the best beach we can find that day , we teach you all the aspects and do our book work right on the beach, next we head directly into the calm crystal clear waters of the Caribbean for a confined water dive where we teach you skills like clearing your mask if you get water in it and how to make yourself weightless underwater. After you are comfortable with the scuba gear and skills we complete your 4 open water certification dives with you in water 40-60 feet deep. The whole course from start to finish will take 2 days to complete. You will see fish, coral, and sponges right away and if we are lucky sting rays turtles and yes even a shark or two. On day 2, you will complete open water dives 3 & 4 off the boat. Having the first 2 dives under your belt, you will be ready to enjoy the boat and meet the max depth limit of 50ft
Our Open Water certification is $495 (no hidden fees) includes transfers from your hotel to our training facilities and to Our Boat departure points, instruction, 4 awesome dives, all equipment needed for the course, and all certification processing.
Please Note PADI Elearning system is not included with this class and is available directly from PADI for 185$.
Open Water Referral
You complete the classroom/ Elearning and pool sessions at home with your local dive shop before your vacation. When you get to the island, we complete your 4 open water certification dives with you. We do this course for over 2 days. On day 1, you will complete dives 1 & 2 in the morning. This is done form our shore location so that you have the time needed to get comfortable and accomplish the standards for the first 2 dives and meet the 40ft max depth limit on dives 1 & 2. You will see fish, coral and sponges right off the bat in crystal clear Caribbean water. On day 2, you will complete open water dives 3 & 4 off the boat. Having the first 2 dives under your belt, you will be ready to enjoy the boat and meet the max depth limit of 60ft for dives 3 & 4.
Our Open Water Referral is $450 and includes transfers from your hotel or condo anywhere in St Thomas to our training facilities and to Our Boat departure points, one on one instruction, 4 awesome dives, all equipment needed for the course and all certification processing. You will be certified over 2 days!
e-Learning Open Water Certification
These days, certification couldn’t be easier! You can finish all the classroom work online through PADI’s virtual classroom- Elearning. After each module, you complete your knowledge reviews, a short quiz and an exam at the end. When you arrive on the island, you complete the confined water skill practice sessions with us. We do this in the morning of day 1 from our shore location. We do this in a shallow, swimming pool like conditions in the ocean so you are practicing your skills with fish swimming past! We break for lunch and complete OW dives 1 & 2 in the afternoon. The next morning, we complete dives 3 & 4 from the boat and then you are certified! It takes a day and a half.
Our e-learning Open Water Referral is $495 and includes transfers from your hotel or condo to our training facilities and to Our Boat departure points, one on one instruction, 4 confined water sessions, 4 awesome dives, all equipment needed for the course and all certification processing. You will be certified over 2 days!