The PADI Open Water Diver program is the most recognized entry-level diving course in the world certifying you to dive to a depth of 18 meters / 60 feet. Our 3-4 day course outlines is conducted under the supervision of our experienced and safety-minded PADI instructors in small groups, with excellent dive center facilities, brand new equipment and last but not least, a fantastic dive boat setup to make your experience one never to forget.
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This program is for absolute beginners and is conducted over three to four days. Courses start any day.
The course is split into 3 parts:
Please note that although the general start time is quite flexible we recommend this time because:
It will reduce the workload and spread the theory over two periods.
The first part of theory is video watching and self-study that can be done before your arrival or in your hotel room.
It means you can start as early as the day you arrive to Cozumel even if you are arriving with the afternoon ferry.
Theory classes are conducted in our air-conditioned classroom or beach side restaurant.
Confined water training is conducted at the beach.
Open water dives are conducted from the shore in front of the Jungle Diver’s shop or the amazing Cozumel Reefs by boat.
Pick up service is not included. Guests need to make their own way to our dive center for the trip meeting point.
The theory and video sessions take place in our air conditioned classroom or beach side restaurant. There are 5 modules of theory and subsequently 5 videos for each module. Each video can take between 45 -60 minutes to watch. Many of our students vote to watch the videos and self-study at their hotel the day before the course starts and in this way they can free up the workload for the following day. Each module is proceeded by a discussion with our PADI Instructor and the study sessions are checked with the use of pop quizzes, or multiple-choice quizzes to help monitor the student’s progress and understanding of the material.
The first day we shall start around 8 AM and complete the theory sessions that were left off the previous day.
Confined Water Training means learning to dive in water which is shallow enough to stand up. Our confined water training takes place on the beach in a natural environment. At this point the students will start to develop the skills required to learn to dive. Each skill is carefully explained by the diving instructor and then demonstrated by the instructor, so the student may feel confident that they can perform the skill themselves. Diving skills are developed starting with the easier skills and progress as the student’s confidence and ability progresses. Just like the theory and video sessions, there are 5 confined water training modules.
To complete the PADI Open Water Diver the student must participate in the four open water dives. Open water dives 1 and 2 are conducted on the same day to a maximum depth of 12 meters – 40 feet. Our dive boat travels out to the Cozumel Reefs and to some of the best dive sites the Caribbean has to offer. Each dive is approximately an hour long and there is a light lunch and snacks & refreshments provided between the dives. Open water dives 3 and 4 conclude the course on the last day with a similar program outline as for open water dives 1 and 2 but to a maximum depth of 18 meters – 60 feet.
Upon completion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course, the student is presented with a temporary PADI Open Water Diver card sent by email that enables the newly certified diver to participate in any fun dives while waiting for their main dive certificate card to arrive by snail mail from the PADI headquarters of their region.