Open Water Diver: The Course explained
Does the world beneath the waves entice you? Have you ever thought of taking scuba diving lessons and experiencing an unparalleled adventure? If yes, Open Water Diver course is your ticket to the underwater world.
The PADI Open Water Diver (OWD) course is the world’s most popular diving certification course. The course will teach you basics, the safe divingpractices and most importantly, it is your “license to dive” anywhere in the world.
Sometimes, the information on the web assumes that you know most of the terminology and hence, the information can get confusing. Here, we are going to take you through every detail you need to know about the OWD course.
Why take the course?
Everyone starts with an OWD as it opens the doors to the underwater world and can lead you to a whole new way of living your life. Being a certification course, it proves that you are a diver who can dive on your own (with a dive buddy of course) , without the supervision of a professional. You’ll need this certification to buy or rent your gear and to get air fills.
What does the course teach you?
You learn to use basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, tank, etc. Also, you learn everything about diving safely, dive planning and how to have incredible excitement and fun underwater, while being safe.
Who can join the course?
Well, the good news is that complete beginners can enroll for an OWD course. You’ll need to be at least 10 years old. No upper age limit is prescribed to learn to dive as long as you are fit and healthy. And you need to have basic swimming skills.
How long does the course take?
The average duration of the course is 3-4 days. The course includes theory and indoor sessions, pool training dives (Called confined water dives) and four open water (in the ocean or a deep water body like a quarry or lake) dives. Some agencies like PADI and have an option of e-learning, wherein, you can complete the theory from the comfort of your home. Also, you’ll require just three days to complete rest of the course.
How many dives does the course entail?
Five confined sessions will take you through all the skills you need to know to dive in the open ocean. These dives are usually performed in the swimming pool or in a shallow area of a beach or cove with calm waters.
You get four dives in the ocean to learn and experience what real diving is about. This also includes repeating some underwater skills and exercises that you practiced during your confined water dives.
How deep can you dive?
An OWD certification allows you to dive up to 18m/ 60ft. With experience and continuation of your dive education (further training), you will be able to dive deeper. The recreational Scuba Diving limit is 40 meters.
Do you need to know swimming?
You’ll require basic swimming skills- you should be able to swim 200 meters and float on water for about 10 minutes.
Now, that we’ve covered the basics of an OWD course,go ahead and get that PADI Open Water Diver certification, grab a buddy and just dive!