The PADI Open Water Referral Course is a two-day course designed for the diver who wants to get all four open water dives (or just a few) completed while they’re in Kauai!
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- Cert Effective 2020
Don’t Spend Your Vacation in a Classroom!
The PADI eLearning Open Water Course is a 2-day course that consists of 5 confined water dives (in a pool) and 4 open water dives.
Kauai Down Under makes the process simple! 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.
Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development – including facts, principles and concepts – and dive skills including techniques and methods. PADI Open Water Diver Online uses videos, audio, graphics and reading to help you learn, plus short quizzes that let you gauge your progress, and then offers a review of anything you happen to miss.
You develop dive skills during actual dives with a PADI Instructor at Kauai Down Under. By completing knowledge development online, you’re ready to meet with your instructor and start having fun in the water rather than sitting in the classroom on your vacation!
What You Will Learn
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development (online) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
What Scuba Gear Will You Use?
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, and a tank.
Kauai Down Under provides all gear/equipment at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for use during your course! Many shops will charge you to rent the gear or sometimes require you purchase the gear. We will not. We want you to become just as passionate about Scuba as we are before you make the investment in your own gear!
Your PADI Open Water Scuba Course is conducted in 3 parts:
Knowledge Development Independent Study: Once you are scheduled for your certification course, we will send you the eLearning Code so you may begin your Knowledge Development online. Who wants to spend their entire vacation sitting in a classroom? We would prefer to help you have more fun in the sun while on vacation! You will be responsible for completing the 5 chapters of reading, 5 knowledge reviews, 4 quizzes and 1 final exam all prior to beginning the practical course work.
Confined Water Skills Development: Once your knowledge development is complete, we will get you in the pool to teach you the necessary skills to begin your scuba certification process. Learning the fundamentals in the clear confined water of a pool leads our students to greater success when reaching the ocean dives because you were able to master the skills and gaining confidence in your ability to execute those skills without having to worry about poor visibility or constantly battling waves as a first-time diver.
Open Water Dives: Finally, we will get you out to the open ocean to practice your newly acquired skills and begin to experience the magic of the underwater world.
What is Your Typical Schedule?
A typical course is conducted over two (2) days. The first day being the longest: 7:30am to 5:30pm. We will begin in our pool to teach you the “Confined Water Skills” in the clarity and calmness of the pool. This will last most of the morning. (We do recommend bringing a “Grab & Go Lunch” with you incase we run short on time). The afternoon session will head to our shore dive site to do the first two “Open Water Dives” where you not only will get a sense of deeper water than the pool, but you’ll also get to be face to face with marine life and begin exploring the underwater world.
The second day is just a half day. 8am-12pm or 1pm-5pm (depending on our schedule) to complete the final 2 “Open Water Dives”. These dives will also be from our shore location, unless you upgrade to the boat. Please Note: We do always recommend students complete the course from the shore and then add an additional “Fun Dive” from the boat once you’ve completed the certification process. The reason being its that we have “bigger” water conditions in Kauai and the shore leads to a higher success rate of completion for our students. Plus, once you complete the certification course, you’ll receive 20% discount for any additional “Fun Dive”. This will make the boat dive less expensive than adding it on for the course!