Open Water Course Options
You have three options for Open Water Certification:
Traditional Classroom Bundle
Split eLearning and practical dives
Includes both Open Water theory (classroom) and practical (pool and lake dives)
This is a classic approach to conducting development training in the dive center's classroom using hard copies of the training materials. Our weekend classes allow you to complete your scuba certification in two consecutive weekends. The first weekend (or two days if a weekday course) consists of classroom and pool instruction (8:00 AM- 6:00 PM). On the second weekend (or final two days if a weekday course), you head to Lake Travis for your open water training dives (8:00 AM- 2:00 PM).
Includes Open Water eLearning code for online learning and practical (pool and lake dives)
PADI eLearning means the classroom portion of work is completed in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace using study tools that integrate text, images, and video into interactive learning experiences through a mobile device or computer. Note: a WiFi connection is required to download the application and to upload your final results.
After completing the eLearning coursework portion of certification, choose one of three options to complete your water sessions which include both confined-water training and open-water check-out dives.
eLearning Option A:
Attend scheduled Tuesday/Thursday & Saturday/Sunday practical (pool and lake dives)
Description: Tues/Thurs. confined-water sessions are from 6-10 pm. Sat./Sun open water dive sessions (4 total dives) typically start at 8 am at the lake.
eLearning Option B:
Attend double-weekend water sessions
Description: two consecutive weekends. Weekend one: confined-water training. Weekend two: open water dive sessions.
The store will notify you of class time upon registration.
eLearning Option C:
Attend four consecutive-day water sessions
(pool and lake)
Description: Days one and two: confined-water dive training. Days three and four: open water dive sessions. The store will notify you of class times upon registration.
Open Water Practical: $255*
Not ready to pay for everything at the same time?You can always sign up for eLearning and your Open Water practical separately.
Sign-up for Open Water eLearning. ELearning price includes online training, assessments, and certification card.
When you're ready, contact Dive World Austin and register for the practical training portion to finish out the course. You can schedule the practical portion now or at any time - eLearning does not have to be complete to schedule the practical portion. Practical price includes course materials, review, and dives with your Dive World Austin instructor.
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Dive World Austin prides itself on small classes to give our students a premium, personalized experience. Our open water classes are capped at a maximum of six students. Our pros are professional, approachable, and knowledgeable-simply the best!
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required!
What will I learn?
Learn the basic theories and best practices of scuba diving in a classroom session
Put theory into practice when you jump in our heated, indoor pool
Head out to Lake Travis (15 mins away!) to complete your open water dives.
What is included?
Training Materials (Book/Touch Code, PADI log book, ERDPML/Computer Simulation Card, Student File Folder, PADI sticker, and Blue zipper pouch. Must pick up and complete ALL training materials BEFORE the start of class
Dive World Austin provides basic scuba equipment including a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), weights, and scuba cylinders
Wetsuits, hoods, and gloves are provided depending on the season and water temperature.
Entrance Fee to Windy Point Scuba Park; $15.00 per person, per day for the weekend of Open Water Certification Dives (2 days).
You need to provide your own mask (tempered glass), fins, boots, and snorkel-10% student discount available in store
*Note: A additional $75 fee for 10 and 11-year-old students will be added due to class size being limited to only four students.
Make time for homework! Enroll at least one week prior to class. This will allow for adequate time to complete all training materials.
Private and Semi-Private Courses
Private Course: $675/per person
Description: includes the choice of eLearning or traditional classroom materials, a custom schedule for 1-2 individuals. Entrance fees, mask, snorkel, fins, and dive booties are not included in the course fee.
Semi-Private Course: $575/per person
Description: includes the choice of eLearning or traditional classroom materials, a custom schedule, and a private instructor for your group of 3-5 individuals.
Already purchased your course from PADI.com?
Open Water Practical (pool and lake dives)
If you already purchased your course from PADI.com, you can complete your certification by scheduling your water sessions (both confined-water and open-water dives) with Dive World Austin. Contact the Store to Register.
Download your Diver Medical Form here
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If you have a yes on your medical release form, your physician will need to sign the permission form prior to starting class. You MUST bring this form filled out to attend class.