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Open Water Diver

Get Certified

Learn to Dive

Course Price $575
includes ALL course materials

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?

  • All Training Materials (eLearning or traditional course manual, PADI logbook, student file folder, PADI sticker, and Blue zipper pouch. Must pick up and complete ALL training materials BEFORE the start of class

  • Instructor Fees

  • Pool Fees

  • 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. 

  • Air Fills

  • Certification Card


Not Included

  • Entrance Fee to Windy Point Scuba Park; $15.00 per person, per day for the weekend of Open Water Certification Dives (2 days). 

  • Entrance Fee to Spring Lake in San Marcos; $40 per day. (Some courses will be designated for dives at Spring Lake with three dives at Spring Lake on day one and one dive at Windy Point on day two)

  • You need to provide your own mask (tempered glass), fins, boots, and snorkel-10% student discount available in store

*Note:  A additional $200 fee for 10 and 11-year-old students will be added due to the 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 Courses

Description: includes eLearning materials, and a custom schedule for 1-6 individuals.


Entrance fees, mask, snorkel, fins, and dive booties are not included in the course fee.


Contact the store for pricing and to get started on your customized schedule. 

Already purchased your course from 


Open Water Practical
(pool and lake dives)


If you already purchased your course from, you can complete your certification by scheduling your practical sessions (both confined-water and open-water dives) with Dive World Austin. Contact the store to schedule. 

Refer Out! 

Finish your open-water cert dives at your dive destination


eLearning and Pool Sessions Only
Custom Schedule


This is an excellent option for divers who want to minimize their training time on vacation! We will prepare you for your open-water certification dives wherever your travels take you! Complete your academics and confined-water (pool sessions) with us and finish your open-water certification at your dive destination. A custom schedule means we work with your schedule and prepare you for open water cert. dives on a future trip!


Bonus - pick a Dive World Austin dive destination where we have pros to complete your training! Contact the store to schedule.

You can also join a regularly scheduled open water class for the confined water portion only. Check out our open water courses here

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Open Water Course Options 

You have three options for Open Water Certification: 

  1. Traditional Classroom 

  2. eLearning 

  3. Split eLearning and practical dives 

Traditional Open Water 

Two consecutive weekends

Course manual for pre-work plus classroom time

Includes ALL course materials


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 - 5:30 pm). On the second weekend (or final two days if a weekday course), you head to Windy Point Park on Lake Travis for your open water training dives (8:00 am - 2:00 pm).

Includes Open Water eLearning materials for online academic learning and practical (pool and lake dives)
Includes ALL course materials


PADI eLearning means the classroom/academic 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.


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 Open Water-Tuesday Start

Tues/Thurs evenings then weekend.

Academics completed online

Includes ALL course materials 



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. Scheduled monthly. 

eLearning Open Water-Weekends

Two-weekend course.

Academic pre-work completed online

Includes ALL course materials 



Description: two consecutive weekends. Weekend one: confined-water training from 8 am -12:30 pm.  Weekend two: open water dive sessions (4 total dives) typically start at 8 am at the lake. Scheduled monthly.

Open Water-4 Days In-A-Row

Attend four consecutive-day water sessions

(pool and lake)

Academic pre-work completed online


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. Typically scheduled in the summer and over the holidays. (ex. Memorial and Labor Day weekends)

Contact the store for more details.

10 and 11-year-olds will be assessed a $200 upgrade charge due to class size limitations for this age group.

Read the Diver Medical Form carefully to determine if you need a physician's approval to participate in this course. 

What's Next? 

After Open Water certification, take PADI Advanced Open Water and/or Rescue Diver. Or, work on honing your skills with a specialty dive course.

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