Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course is a beginner level scuba diving course which offers an international diving certification on completion. Open Water Divers may dive to a depth of 18 meters / 60 feet.

 

Prerequisites

In order to enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course, you need to be at least 15 years old and able to swim.

 

Course Structure

The PADI Open Water Diver course is made up of three sections – knowledge development, confined water training and open water training.

During the knowledge development section of the course, you will work through the PADI Open Water manual, complete the knowledge reviews and participate in a review session for each chapter with your instructor. Once you have discussed any questions you may have, you will complete a quiz. Upon completing the manual, you will write a final exam, which will test your knowledge on important concepts you have learned through the course. During your Open Water Diver course, you will write a total of 4 quizzes and 1 final exam, all of which are multiple choice.

The confined water training will take part in a swimming pool environment. You will be required to have your own mask, fins and snorkel for this. During the confined water training, you will be introduced to various skills that you will use throughout the course and in your diving adventures after earning your certification. You will also be required to successfully pass a few water-related tasks, including a continuous swim of any swim stroke, and a back float. Please keep in mind that these tasks are required to ensure that you are fit for scuba diving – you do not need to be an Olympic swimmer!

When you undergo the open water training, you will go out scuba diving in the sea with your instructor. In addition to completing the same skills you learned during your confined water training, you will also tour the dive site and become more familiar with some of Qatar’s aquatic creatures. You’re going to love it!

Once you have you completed all three sections of the Open Water Diver course, you will receive a temporary Open Water Diver certification card, which you can start using right away! You will receive your permanent card about 30-45 days after you have been certified. 

 

Required Equipment

You will be required to have your own mask, fins and snorkel for the duration of the course. We would also recommend that you have a suitable exposure suit – a wetsuit during the winter months to protect your body from the cold and a lycra, or skin suit for the summer months to protect your body from jellyfish stings and scrapes.

 

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