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Open Water

Who Should Take This Course?

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 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.

To enrol in a Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

What will you learn?

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving

  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
    Confined water - will include: – 6-8 hours of practical in water training.

  • 6 Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

    4 Shore based Open Water Dives

    2 Open Water sessions of our charter boat the Topline

  • Upon completion you will receive your Open Water Certification

  • Upon completion you will receive your Dry Suit Certification


How do I start Learning?

To start your open water training eLearning is a flexible way to go. You can get started immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the eLearning system. This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection. Learn by watching, listening, reading and interacting with a dynamic instructional program. Access the material for one year, plus gain unlimited access to an online version of the course manual.

Get in the water quickly – applying what you’ve learned – when you meet with your Sea Dragon Instructor

Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development – including facts, principles and concepts – and dive skills including techniques and methods. eLearning 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 your instructor. By completing knowledge development online, you’re ready to meet with your instructor and start having fun in the water program. 

Training – Review, Pool and Ocean 

What Gear will I Use?

Sea Dragon Charters will provide all scuba diving equipment, including:



Buoyancy Compensator


Environmental Protection

Dry suit

Hood and Dry Gloves

Common Questions

Why six open water dives?


Because of our involvement in both tropical and northern diving locations we have seen the need for more open water training at the basic entry level. This additional training will ensure a comfortable and competent diver.


Why boat dives?


Boat dives are a must – as over 90% of diving world-wide is off boats. With 2 boat dives being a requirement to complete the Sea Dragon open water course you will learn about boat diving techniques and protocol. You will have a greater appreciation for the abundant marine life that you will not experience at the shore training sites and also experience the thrill, freedom and ease of boat diving.


Why include a dry suit certification.


It just makes sense, as you will not continue to dive unless you are comfortable. The dry suit is designed to keep water out and so with a proper under garment and no water you will be warm and comfortable. The dry suit does require some additional training and this can be easily accomplished because we are providing an open water class with 6 open water dives. 


You live here – so why not dive here! The immediate dry suit certification will allow you to rent a dry suit at any dive centre. 

Next Step:

Breathing underwater for the first time is something you’ll never forget, so don’t wait.

Phone us now: 1 604 329 3486


Visit us for chat: 6373 Bruce St, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2G5

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