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Open Water


If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures, or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it all starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

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During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it a rewarding challenge.

The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives.


Knowledge Development
Academics are done online, whenever and wherever you choose, then just one classroom session at Scubatude. 


Confined Water Dives
You will develop your basic scuba skills in a  heated swimming pool. In the pool you will learn everything from setting up your scuba gear, to breathing underwater!
You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air and replacing your scuba mask.


Open Water Dives
The really fun part! Over 2 days you will enjoy 4 scuba dives in the Avalon Underwater Park on Catalina Island, a well know dive destination right in our own backyard that attracts divers from all over the world. You will practice all the skills you learned during the confined water dives and learn to dive as part of a buddy team.
  • You must be at least 13 years old
  • Be in good health
  • Be able to complete a 400-yard swim with mask, fins, and snorkel, and tread water for 10 minutes
  • Course tuition
  • PADI Open Water eLearning
  • PADI Crewpak
  • Use of BCD, wetsuit, tank, regulators, and weights 
  • Swimming pool fees
  • PADI Certification fee. 

Your Personal Gear

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Hood
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Computer

These will need to be purchased prior to class. (Scubatude students get a 10% discount on personal gear)

You will also need to book the ferry across to Catalina Island and stay overnight in most cases.


7 reviews for Open Water

  • Danika

    May 19, 2022

    I hadn’t been diving for over 20 years and was nervous about taking the class, but there was no need to worry! All of the instructors were so friendly, patient, and willing to spend as much time as needed to make sure we were all comfortable with the skills. I am now ready to dive on our next vacation!

  • Paige

    Oct 06, 2021

    It was a dream come true for me to get my open water license, and Scubatude made it a great experience. My instructor, Chris, was incredibly patient, kind and reassuring. I felt very understood and supported by Chris (and Jim) during my certification. ScubaTude has everything planned out well, and all of the instructors are experienced. I am very grateful to have earned my certification through this dive center, and I am excited to take more classes with them in the future!

  • Sonja Leahy

    Sep 29, 2021

    Scubatude is the real deal. I took my open water course with them and all I can say is they are patient, reassuring, friendly and professional. A special thanks to “John” for giving me the confidence, knowledge and practice I needed to get certified. I was pretty terrified to say the least just thinking about some of the necessary skills I had to accomplish, but little by little I did it. All of the instructors are great and have a real passion not only to dive but to teach. If you or anyone is thinking about taking a diving class, you should really consider taking it at Scubatude.

  • Arun Nair

    Sep 28, 2021

    My journey with Scubatude was absolutely amazing. I walked into the store and Robert helped me in explaining how the Open water Dive works classes and certification details, later Chris who is another amazing instructor patiently explained to me his experience and which gears to get. John and Mardie were so brilliant and knowledgeable instructors who took their time to answer each and every question I had and help in climbing up the ladder to become certified Padi open water Diver really thankful to them, they went through each and every concept of diving preparing you for every worst circumstances which can come up on the surface or under water. I was impressed by the knowledge and professionalism of Robert and the staffs there. Equipments were great and even if you opt to buy, they don't rush you into anything and explain pros and cons of everything. I am planning to do Advanced Open Water certification as well, and this would be definitely my go to store. I would be definitely recommending Scubatude to all scuba diving aspirants . Thank you Scubatude in helping me check off one more thing in my bucket list.

  • Darren

    Jun 26, 2021

    This was one of those "bucket list" items that I really wanted to check off... Robert and his knowledgeable staff at SCUBATUDE helped me accomplish this in short order. I was fortunate enough to be connected to an incredibly talented and knowledgeable instructor, Chris Alexander, who made the entire experience seamless and enjoyable. I'd also like to mention Divemasters Jim and Tracey Lowrey for their keen insights and amazing skill at assisting beginning divers. I would not hesitate to recommend SCUBATUDE to anyone I know who is interested in taking up this sport.

  • Tom

    Jul 23, 2019

    Excellent store. Excellent staff. Excellent instruction. I couldn't be happier, and I highly recommend this TEAM to anyone and everyone interested in scuba.

  • Ruth

    Mar 26, 2019

    Amazing experience from beginning to end. Grateful for all the knowledge shared by all the staff!

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