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Open Water Diver

This is the foundational course in the PADI certification system. In the PADI Open Water Diver course, we take you through the basics of learning how to scuba dive. You start in a pool or pool-like conditions and progress to the open water (ocean, lake, quarry, etc.) gaining background knowledge along the way. This class involves 4 dives, plus pool sessions, classroom sessions and self-study. After receiving this certification you can dive to a maximum of 60 feet (40 feet for 10-11 year-olds) with a qualified dive buddy.


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  • Minimum certification: None
  • Minimum age: 12 (contact us for training children ages 10 or 11)

Number of dives: 5 pool sessions and 4 open water dives over 2 weeks

What you get: PADI Open Water Diver manual, Deluxe Log Book pages with binder, Recreational Dive Planner (RDP), standard dive gear rental

What you need to bring: Swimsuit for pool sessions

Class size: Limited to 6 students

Cost for a complete class:

A complete class consists of classroom and poolwork sessions, plus the 4 open water checkout dives you need to receive certification.

  • 1 or 2 students: $600 each
  • 3 or 4 students: $450 each
  • 5 or 6 students: $390 each

Cost for a referral class:

A referral class consists of classroom and poolwork sessions only. You are given a referral for your completed work and you must complete your 4 checkout dives elsewhere to receive certification. This is often a good option for a winter class, where you can finish the checkout dives during a tropical vacation.

  • 1 or 2 students: $500 each
  • 3 or 4 students: $350 each
  • 5 or 6 students: $290 each

Cost for checkout dives only:

If you have a referral from another instructor, you can complete the Open Water Diver course by finishing the 4 open water checkout dives with us. Your instructor may require you to take a Scuba Review course to assess your skills before taking you out for the checkout dives.

  • 1 or 2 students: $300 each
  • 3 or 4 students: $220 each
  • 5 or 6 students: $180 each

Sign up now: See the schedule for upcoming dates and times for this course.

If you don't see this class currently scheduled, please contact us to arrange a course for you.

We are currently teaching in Missoula, Montana and throughout Western Montana. We can also travel to your location.

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with our class, let us know prior to receiving your certification, and we will refund your tuition.

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