PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most popular diver program in the world – and your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure. You’ll learn about scuba fundamentals, equipment and techniques. Plus, practice skills by diving in a pool or pool-like body of water; and experience several open water dives with an instructor.
Open Water Scuba Diver class is comprised of three distinctly different elements.
When you enroll in a Dive Buddy scuba class, you will receive the PADI Go Dive Student Kit, which contains a study book, diving tables, and other materials necessary to complete your class. You also receive a Dive Buddy Student Orientation kit that contains several documents and waivers that must completed prior to attending class, and a pamphlet outlining your home study requirements. Your home study consists of reading the Go Dive book, completion of the knowledge reviews after reading each chapter, and viewing a companion DVD that highlights the topics in the book.
This is conducted over a weekend, and requires a full Saturday and Sunday. Class begins at 10:00AM on Saturday morning at our dive shop. You will spend two to three hours in the classroom, reviewing the things you learned during your home study. You then move to the swimming pool, where you spend the remainder of the day learning to assemble you scuba unit and learning a number of important skills under the direct supervision of your instructor. On Sunday morning, you again report to Dive Buddy at 10:00AM for three to four hours of classroom review and completion of the simple final exam on the academic material. You then move to the swimming pool for another afternoon of skills development and practice.
This is the weekend where you put your newly acquired skills to work in an actual open water diving environment, by completing four different scuba dives under the direct supervision of your instructor. This weekend does not have to be the weekend immediately following the confined water weekend. When you complete your confined water weekend, you choose from a number of open-water checkout opportunities offer by Dive Buddy. Most people choose to complete their open-water checkout dives during one of our regular weekend trips either to Perhentian or Tioman islands. We also offer live-aboard dive trip on board MV Sri Aman and MV Black Pearl. This gives you the opportunity to experience real ocean conditions while diving from a scuba charter boat, and to get to know with other experienced divers who are also joining the trip.
Important Note: Some people require longer to learn certain concepts than others. At Dive Buddy, you can’t FAIL your dive class; it might simply take you longer to learn all of the concepts. For individuals who have a hard time with any element of the training, our instructors are more than willing to work individually with you to make sure you get the concepts. In fact, we will allow you to completely repeat the entire confined water class if necessary. At Dive Buddy, we will do everything in our power to make you a certified scuba diver once you enroll in a class.