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OPEN WATER DIVER The World's Most Popular Scuba Diving Course

The Open Water Diver course with TEXAS DIVE CENTER

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

What You Learn

The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) 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 Try Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full Open Water Diver course certification when you bring us a record of the experience.


To enroll in the Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older (need parental permission if under 18)
  • complete a medical questionaire
  • see staff for further requirements

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 Instructor.

Combining a Specialty with Your Open  Water Course

Linking a Specialty Diver course to your Open Water training course is a great way to increase the value of your time through continuing education earlier in your dive training - and you will be a better dive buddy and enjory the sport far more. The following Specialty courses can be taught concurrently with your Open Water Diver course, but only one to avoid task overload:

  • Buoyancy
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Full-Face Mask Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Altitude Diver
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Delayed Surface Market Buoy Diver

Even more exciting, the specialies can be credited to meet requirements for your Advance Diver Certification. For example, since all diving in west Texas is an altitude dive, why not enroll in the Altitude Specialty Course while doing your open water course? Then you only need four adventure dives more for your Advance. 

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a TEXAS DIVE CENTER Representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course. The one item you must have if you don't have a dive computer, is a timing device for your open water skill sessions. No dive watch or computer - no dives. Knowing how long you are a depth and timing your safety stops will save your life.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI, SDI, and SSI all offer a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course - book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD or digital using a IPAD or IPHONE or computer. 

Contact TEXAS DIVE CENTER to personalise the best study option for you!

The Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you'll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor.