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Open Water Diver Course

Open water diver course is a full entry level certification which allows the diver to plan and dive with a buddy to a maximum recommended depth of 18 m. Open water course is the minimum requirement for the next level of certification i.e. PADI Advance Open Water course.

To participate, and individual must be 15 years or older.

Starting from
INR 22,000
Duration
4 Days
Departure schedule
On request

Itinerary

The PADI Open Water Certification Course is divided into three broad sections, set across a span of 4 days. These sections are: knowledge development/classroom teaching, 5 confined water dives, and 4 open water dives. The typical itinerary for the 4 days is given below, followed by the detailed contents of the three broad sections.

Day 1

  • Registration
  • Video modules 1 & 2 in the classroom
  • Confined water sessions (pool sessions) 1 & 2
  • Quiz 1 & 2 in the classroom
  • Knowledge review 1 & 2 in the classroom

Day 2

  • Open water dive (ocean dives) 1 & 2

Day 3

  • Video modules 3, 4, & 5 in the classroom
  • Pool sessions 3, 4, & 5
  • Quiz 3, 4, & 5
  • Knowledge review 3, 4, & 5

Day 4

  • Open water dive (ocean dive) 3 & 4
  • Final exam

Knowledge Development – Detailed Contents

The Knowledge Development section of the course has 5 modules. Each module has a video, manual text chapter, and quiz. These modules are:

  • Module 1: the underwater world; dive equipment; scuba systems; the buddy system
  • Module 2: adapting to the underwater world; respiration; dive equipment; buddy system communication and procedures
  • Module 3: the dive environment; dive planning; boat diving; problem management
  • Module 4: dive accessories; health for diving; breathing air at depth
  • Module 5: special dive table & computer procedures; using the dive table (RDP – recreational dive planner); basic compass navigation; dive safety practices summary

Confined-water Dives – Detailed Contents

Confined-water dive #1

  1. Don and adjust mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, scuba and weights with the assistance of a buddy, instructor or certified assistant.
  2. Inflate/deflate a BCD at the surface using the low pressure inflator.
  3. In shallow water, demonstrate proper compressed-air breathing habits; remembering to breathe naturally and not hold the breath.
  4. In shallow water, clear a regulator while underwater using both the exhalation and purge-button methods and resume breathing from it.
  5. In shallow water, recover a regulator hose from behind the shoulder while underwater.
  6. In shallow water, clear a partially flooded mask while underwater.
  7. Swim underwater with scuba equipment while maintaining control of both direction and depth, properly equalizing the ears and mask to accommodate depth changes.
  8. While underwater, locate and read the submersible pressure gauge and signal whether the air supply is adequate or low based on the gauge’s caution zone.
  9. In shallow water, breathe underwater for at least 30 seconds from an alternate air source supplied by another diver.
  10. While underwater, recognize and demonstrate standard hand signals.
  11. Demonstrate the techniques for a proper ascent.

Confined-water dive #2

  1. Perform the pre-dive safety check. (BWRAF)
  2. Demonstrate appropriate deep-water entry(s).
  3. Clear a snorkel of water by using the blast method and resume breathing through it without lifting the face from the water.
  4. Exchange snorkel for regulator and regulator for snorkel repeatedly while at the surface without lifting the face from the water.
  5. Swim a distance of at least 50 metres/yards at the surface, while wearing scuba and breathing through the snorkel.
  6. Demonstrate a descent using the appropriate five step method.(SORTED)
  7. Completely remove, replace and clear the mask of water while underwater.
  8. Breathe underwater for not less than one minute while not wearing a mask.
  9. Demonstrate the response to a leaking low pressure inflator by disconnecting the low pressure hose from the inflator mechanism in shallow water (either underwater or at the surface.)
  10. At the surface in water too deep to stand in, orally inflate a BCD to at least 1/2 full and then fully deflate it.
  11. Adjust for proper weighting, which is defined as floating at eye level at the surface with an empty BCD and while holding a normal breath.
  12. React to air depletion by giving the out-of-air signal in water too deep to stand up in.
  13. Demonstrate an ascent using the appropriate five step method. (STELLA)
  14. Remove weights at the surface with minimal assistance using the weight system’s quick release mechanism.
  15. In water too deep to stand up in, remove the weights, scuba unit and fins (if necessary), then exit using the most appropriate means.

Confined-water dive #3

  1. Independently establish neutral buoyancy under water by pivoting on the fin tips, or, when appropriate, another point of contact (both oral and low-pressure inflation).
  2. Swim at least 10 metres/yards underwater while maintaining neutral buoyancy.
  3. Demonstrate the cramp removal technique for self and buddy.
  4. At the surface in water too deep to stand up in, perform a tired diver tow for 25 metres/yards.
  5. Respond to air depletion by signaling out of air, then securing and breathing from an alternate air source supplied by a buddy for at least one minute while swimming underwater.
  6. Share air with another diver using an alternate air source, acting as a donor.
  7. Breathe effectively from a free-flowing regulator for not less than 30 seconds.
  8. Simulate a controlled emergency swimming ascent (CESA) by swimming horizontally underwater for at least 9 metres/30 feet while continuously exhaling by emitting a continuous sound.

Confined-water dive

  1. Swim underwater without a mask for a distance of not less than 15 metres/50 feet, and replace and clear the mask underwater.
  2. Using buoyancy control only, hover without kicking or sculling for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Buddy breathe sharing a single air source for a distance of at least 15 metres/50 feet under water both as a donor and a receiver.

Confined-water dive #5

  1. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the scuba unit on the bottom, with minimal assistance, in water too deep to stand up in.
  2. Remove, replace, adjust and secure weight belt or weight system on the bottom in water too deep to stand up in.
  3. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the scuba unit and weights at the surface, with minimal assistance, in water too deep to stand up in.
  4. Introduction to skin diving.

Open-water Dives – Detailed Contents

Open-water dive #1

  1. Listen to and participate in the briefing and dive planning session for the dive.
  2. Prepare, and with a buddy don and adjust, scuba equipment with minimal instructor/staff assistance.
  3. Enter the water in the manner determined during the briefing.
  4. Adjust the weight so that the student floats at eye level with an empty BCD and holding a normal breath.
  5. Descend in a controlled manner using a descent line or sloping bottom contour to provide control and reference to a depth not greater than 12 metres/40 feet.
  6. Under direct instructor supervision, explore underwater to gain experience.
  7. Exit the water as determined during dive planning.
  8. Attend the instructor’s debriefing.
  9. Log the dive for instructor signature.

Open-water dive #2

  1. Listen to and participate in the briefing and dive planning session for the dive.
  2. Prepare, and with a buddy don and adjust, scuba equipment with minimal instructor/staff assistance.
  3. With a buddy, perform the pre-dive safety check.
  4. Enter the water in the manner determined during the briefing.
  5. Adjust the weight so that the student floats at eye level with an empty BCD and holding a normal breath.
  6. Using the five point method, descend in a controlled manner using a descent line or sloping bottom contour to provide control and reference to a depth not greater than 12 metres/40 feet.
  7. Achieve neutral buoyancy by inflating the BCD (or dry suit if used) with the low pressure inflator.
  8. Clear a mask that has been partially flooded.
  9. Clear a mask that has been fully flooded.
  10. Recover and clear a regulator at depth.
  11. In a stationary position, secure and breathe from an alternate air source provided by another diver then provide your alternate air source to your buddy.
  12. Ascend properly using an alternate air source as either the donor or receiver and establish positive buoyancy at the surface.
  13. Under direct instructor or certified assistant supervision, explore underwater to gain
    experience.
  14. Using the five point method, ascend at a rate no faster than 18 metres/ 60 feet per minute while maintaining buddy contact.
  15. Establish buoyancy at the surface by removing weights at the surface using the quick release mechanism of the weight system.
  16. Exit the water as determined during dive planning.
  17. Attend the instructor’s debriefing.
  18. Log the dive for instructor signature.

Open-water dive #3

  1. Listen to and participate in the briefing and dive planning session for the dive.
  2. Prepare, and with a buddy don and adjust, scuba equipment with minimal instructor/staff assistance.
  3. With a buddy, perform the pre-dive safety check.
  4. Enter the water in the manner determined during the briefing.
  5. Adjust the weight so that the student floats at eye level with an empty BCD and holding a normal breath.
  6. Using the five point method, descend in a controlled manner to 6-9 metres/20-30 feet using a visual reference only.
  7. Achieve and maintain neutral buoyancy underwater by inflating the BCD orally.
  8. Clear a mask that has been fully flooded.
  9. Buddy breathe in a stationary position.
  10. Perform a buddy-breathing ascent from a depth of 6-9metres/20-30 feet.
  11. Explore underwater to gain experience.
  12. Using the five point method, ascend at a rate no faster than 18 metres/ 60 feet per minute while maintaining buddy contact.
  13. Exit the water as determined during dive planning.
  14. Attend the instructor’s debriefing.
  15. Log the dive for instructor signature.

Open-water dive #4

  1. Skin Dive
  2. Listen to and participate in the briefing and dive planning session for the dive.
  3. Prepare, and with a buddy don and adjust, scuba equipment with minimal instructor/staff assistance.
  4. With a buddy, perform the pre-dive safety check.
  5. Enter the water in the manner determined during the briefing.
  6. Adjust the weight so that the student floats at eye level with an empty BCD and holding a normal breath. If this adjustment is made with a full cylinder, add enough weight to compensate for air used during the dive (usually about 2 kg/5 lbs).
  7. Using the five point method, perform a descent with no visual reference to a depth no greater than 18 metres/60 feet.
  8. Achieve neutral buoyancy and hover underwater in mid-water using only buoyancy control and without swimming, sculling or using fins.
  9. Remove, replace and clear the mask while underwater.
  10. Explore underwater to gain experience.
  11. Using the five point method, ascend at a rate no faster than 18 metres/60 feet per minute while maintaining buddy contact.
  12. Exit the water as determined during dive planning.
  13. Attend the instructor’s debriefing.
  14. Log the dive for instructor signature.

Inclusions

  • One copy of the Open Water Diver Manual
  • 5 video modules delivered in our classroom
  • 5 quizzes administered by our instructors
  • Open Water Final Exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions, administered by our instructors
  • 5 confined-water dives (pool dives)
  • 4 open-water dives (ocean/sea dives)
  • All relevant diving equipment, such as air cylinders, fins, wet suits, snorkels, etc.
  • All relevant course material
  • Boat trips required for ocean/sea dives

Exclusions

  • Airfare, hotel-stay, or any other travel arrangement to/from Goa
  • Hotel/airport transfers
  • Meals
  • Underwater camera
  • Any item not specifically mentioned in the inclusions section