If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. 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.
A. Training Sessions:
The PADI Open Water Diver course is divided into 3 learning sessions:
1. Knowledge Development
This is where you learn the principles of scuba diving and safe diving practices.
a. Independent Study
Your instructor will meet you prior the course proper for a briefing and to give you the dive learning materials needed for your home-study.
The following action items below need to be completed prior meeting with your instructor for the knowledge review.
i. Read the Open Water Diver Manual
ii. Answer the knowledge Reviews every end of the chapter
iii. Learn how to use the RDP Table by reading the RDP Manual
iv. Watch video – supplemental training tool
b. Knowledge Review (ave. 2-4 hours)
i. You and your instructor will meet to recap your answers on the knowledge reviews. He will also highlight important points and review the items you may have missed.
c. Quizzes (4 sections with 10 questions each)
i. The quizzes will be taken after the Knowledge Review has been completed. Don’t worry about this. You should be fine with the exam as long as you’ve paid attention to item (a) or (b).
d. Final Exam (50-item multiple choice exam)
i. This can be taken during the breaks (or even at night) on the weekend when you’ll have your Open Water Dives to give you more time to prepare. But you can take it in any schedule agreed upon whenever you are prepared. Don’t worry about this. You should be fine as long as you’ve paid attention to item (a) or (b).
2. Confined Water Dives (1-2 days)
This is where you will practice the skills and concepts explained in the book, video and by your instructor. This is usually conducted in a pool in Makati. Your instructor will send additional details for the map and directions of the dive shop where you’ll have your confined water session. You will have all the time needed in the pool to master the scuba skills needed before taking your open water dives.
3. Open Water Dives (2 days)
This is where you will review the skills you’ve successfully done in the pool – the only difference is that you’ll do it in the sea with the fish and corals. This is usually held in Anilao, Batangas. Your instructor can reschedule this training session if it will compromise your safety due to unavoidable circumstances (i.e. weather).
1. Course Fee is Php 20,000 which includes:
a. Classroom and Pool use
b. BCD and Reg Rental during the confined and open water dives.
c. Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Booties, Weights rental during the confined and open water dives.
d. Tank use during the confined water dives.
e. PADI Open Water Dive Manuals
f. PADI Open Water Dive License
2. Overnight Resort Fee depends on the resort of choice. The estimated cost is around Php 7,000 which includes:
a. 4 meals
b. Tank use for the open water dives
c. Dive Pass
d. Boat Dives
e. Resort Facility use which includes room (sharing)
* The estimated cost is based on room and boat sharing.
3. Transportation Cost and other incidental (snacks, soda, etc) are not included in any of the fees mentioned above.
a. If there are circumstances that will make you unavailable on the agreed upon training schedules, you have to inform your instructor 24 hours ahead of time to give him time to cancel the dive shop/resort reservation.
b. Failure to make the courtesy notice 24 hours before the training schedule will incur additional charges on your course fee to cover for the resort/shop penalties.
c. If you have to cancel your training schedules 3 times or more, you will be charged an additional 10% of the course fee to cover for logistics expenses.
d. Though the course is performance-based (and not time-based), if the student unusually needs more classroom/pool time, your instructor may request for additional charges to cover for extended classroom/pool sessions. Your instructor will discuss this with you if needed.
C. Payment Scheme:
a. First Payment – Php14,000 upon receipt of the Open Water Diver Course Manuals.
b. Second Payment – Php6,000 at the start of the Confined Water Training Dives.