AugustAugust 6 -Open Water orientation 6pm August 9 -Open Water classroom 6pm August 10 -Open Water classroom 9am -Open Water pool dives 1pm August 11 -Open Water pool dives 1pm August 17 -Open Water dives 10am August 18 -Open Water dives 10am
SeptemberSeptember 10 -Open Water orientation 6pm September 13 -Open Water classroom 6pm September 14 -Open Water classroom 9am -Open Water pool dives 1pm September 15 -Open Water pool dives 1pm September 21 -Open Water dives 10am September 22 -Open Water dives 10am
OctoberOctober 8 -Open Water orientation 6pm October 11 -Open Water classroom 6pm October 12 -Open Water classroom 9am -Open Water pool dives 1pm October 13 -Open Water pool dives 1pm October 19 -Open Water dives 10am October 20 -Open Water dives 10am
NovemberNovember 5 -Open Water orientation 6pm November 8 -Open Water classroom 6pm November 9 -Open Water classroom 9am -Open Water pool dives 1pm November 10 -Open Water pool dives 1pm November 16 -Open Water dives 10am (FL springs) November 17 -Open Water dives 10am (FL springs) November 23 -Open Water dives 10am (SC) November 24 -Open Water dives 10am (SC)
December 15 - Scuba Santa
What You Learn
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development (classroom, home study or online) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills,
- Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
If you've participated in a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:
- 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws).
The Fun Part
The fun part about this course is... well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
Exploration, excitement and experiences are what scuba diving is all about. The Advanced Open Water Diver course is designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your Columbia Scuba PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.
What will you learn?
- You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During winter months, we usually teach Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search and Recovery and Drift Diver.
- During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving.
- The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
- The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.
If you want to learn how to increase your bottom time, this is the course for you! You will do most of the academic work online and attend classroom to learn hands on the process to acquire and use an EAN cylinder.
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.
You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:
- Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
- Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
- Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.