Certify with us in florida

Learn up here and certify in warm Florida springs!

Complete your pool dives at our indoor pool then travel to sunny Florida Springs Feb 14-17, 2019 to complete your open water certification.  Special pricing available.  See our FL Springs trip page for details.

What You'll Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

1. Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
2. Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
3. Certification Dives to use your skills and explore!

Learn to Scuba Dive

Get Started

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.

Knowledge Development

Step 1

Divers age 10 and up can enroll in Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – and you can start learning right away. PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. Get started now!

You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Stop by Blue Octopus Scuba to get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information. 

PADI eLearning

Confined Water Dives

Step 1After you complete the academic training it's time to enter confined water (i.e. lake or pool) to complete five confined water training dives. During confined water you'll learn how to scuba dive! You will complete five training dives during which you'll learn skills all safe divers master. As you refine your skills you'll learn to become a competent buddy all while under the supervision of a Blue Octopus Scuba Instructor.

We typically use the Confined Water Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics or Lake Phoenix for confined water training.

Confined Water Dives

Certification Dives

Step 1Successful completion of academic and confined water training results in eligibility to complete the four certification or "checkout dives". The checkout dives are generally shallow dives where you demonstrate your mastery of the skills you learned during confined water training. You can complete the certification dives with Blue Octopus Scuba in a local lake suitable for training or we offer trips with our instructors to exciting destinations. Four to five certification dives are required over at least two days to complete certification requirements. Once you've completed all three steps, you'll be a Certified PADI Open Water Diver which allows you to dive to 60 feet with a buddy! 

Certification Dives

3 Day Combined Course

Saves time and combines step 2 and step 3 into a single 3 day weekend at the lake.




3 Day Certification Weekend



Additional Information

Referral Certification

Step 1Don't spend your vacation time or dollars sitting in a classroom or at the bottom of a pool!  Complete your academic and confined water training with Blue Octopus Scuba and you could complete your certification dives in a beautiful tropical destination.  Once you've completed the academic and confined water training requirements you can be "referred" to another instructor, retailer, or dive resort for the open water certification dives. Training referrals are generally for students who already have a travel/SCUBA destination booked. If you prefer to complete the certification dives on a pre-planned vacation, please let your Blue Octopus Scuba instructor know and you will receive an Open Water Training Referral Form. The Training Referral Form allows any PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor to complete your certification at any of the 6,300 PADI Resorts and Retailers worldwide.

Dive Gear

Step 1 Students are required to have scuba-grade mask, snorkel, fins, booties.  Regulators, buoyancy compensator device (BCD), weights and tanks are included with course tuition when taught locally by Blue Octopus Scuba. If you wish to purchase some or all of the required items, the retail staff at Blue Octopus Scuba will assist you with most appropriate selections in advance of your course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Step 1Q:  I'm not sure I will like SCUBA Diving, is there a way to try it before committing to the course?
Absolutely.  Blue Octopus Scuba offers trial experiences.  Click here for more information!

Q:  What does the PADI Open Water Diver Certification allow?
As a Certified PADI Open Water Diver, you will be trained and qualified to conduct dives with a buddy in open water to 60 feet.

Q:  How much does a SCUBA Kit weight?
The Scuba kit weight approximately 50 pounds with tanks, regulators and weights.  But, once you're in the water the scuba kit weights nothing as you'll use air to offset the weight of the kit.

Q:  Does the PADI Discover Scuba Course "count" toward the Open Water Course?
PADI has removed this option.

Q:  How much does an Open Water Referral Cost?
The PADI Open Water Referral service is free to all Blue Octopus Scuba student who complete Knowledge Development (Step 1) and Confined Water Training (Step 2).
Medical Statement

All diving students participating in scuba education programs must be medically qualified prior to entering the water wearing scuba equipment.  If you answer "YES" to any question(s) on the medical statement portion of the waiver, you are required to download the Medical Statement below and have a Medical Doctor complete page two certifying you are medically eligible to participate.  To avoid having to reschedule your training dives, please have this form completed in advance of your class date.   If all of your medical answers are "NO" then the online waiver is sufficient.

Open Water Student All-In-One Waiver

Open water student adults and minors age 12+. 

Youth (Age 10-11) Open Water Student All-In-One Waiver

Waiver only open water students age 10 or 11.

Continuing Education Student All-In-One Waiver 

For Advanced Open Water students.

NITROX Add-On Waiver 

Only for enriched air specialty students taking part in in-water dives.  Not required for classroom-only course.

Those with any "YES" answers please have form below completed by your doctor prior to in-water class.

Download Medical Statement

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