Open Water Course

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Become a PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver

The PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver Course is your ticket to a world of adventure, meditation, and mastery. With a PADI Open Water certification you’ll have the opportunity to seek adventure, explore beautiful new underwater destinations, get access to a whole new lifestyle and passionate community of divers, and see marine life you may never have imagined. Under supervision from our highly-trained PADI Instructors, your Open Water certification course is within reach.

So, How Does it Work?

Contact Us at Eugene Skin Divers Supply, or visit the dive shop in person and sign up for our next class

Purchase a mask, fins, snorkel, boots and surface marker buoy(SMB) with one of our introductory diver special offers. We’ll provide the rest of the gear while you’re taking the class.

Complete the online eLearning Knowledge Development portion of the course from the comfort of your home

Meet for an orientation with your PADI Certified Diving Instructor at the dive shop

Attend the Confined Water training sessions at a local pool. In these sessions you will receive about eight hours of pool training before going to Open Water.

Conclude your certification by completing the required Open Water Checkout Dives. This typically takes place in Florence, OR at Woahink Lake and possibly the Florence North Jetty (if conditions permit). The Checkout Dives include 4 Dives in 1 weekend. Referrals to complete your training elsewhere are also available.

Limitations and Restrictions

SCUBA diving is not without risk. In order to participate in SCUBA training, a completed medical questionnaire stating that you are in good health is required. A doctor’s signature clearing you to participate may also be required. You will also need to be reasonably fit and comfortable in the water. If you are intending to certify a child who is between 10 and 14, we offer a PADI Junior Open Water Diver option. We can explain further when you contact us.

Course Schedule

Currently our Open Water group course runs for two weeks with an initial class orientation, then pool sessions on Tuesday & Thursday evenings. This means meeting at the pool at 6.00 pm. After two weeks and four pool sessions, the course will finish up in Florence, OR where students will complete four dives over the course of two days at local dive sites.

We also offer weekend options or private classes with flexible schedules as needed.

About Costs

Open Water Course - $450+

Group Classes - $450
$200 for the elearning portion; $250 for the in-water training

Private Classes - $650+
$650 per person (3-5 Students) - $695 per person. (1-2 Students)

Open Water Referral - $400 +

Group Classes: $400 - $200 for the elearning portion; $200 for the in-water training

Private Classes: $550

All Open Water students receive up to 20% off discount on personal item gear purchases (ie, mask, fins, snorkel, boots, SMB)!

What’s Included in the Price of the Course

An orientation at the dive shop where you will complete paperwork, learn more about dive gear, and discuss the schedule and plans for the upcoming course.

4 Pool sessions (local heated indoor pool).

PADI eLearning course program.

Use of all the equipment for the pool dives and open water dives (except personal equipment).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you operate with regards to COVID-19?

At Eugene Skin Divers Supply your health and safety is our top priority -- after all, we want you to be able to dive safely! As such, we take all necessary precautions, including maintaining 6 feet of distance, wearing a mask at all times (except in the water), and sanitizing equipment after each use. At the start of your course, we will check out to you all of the equipment you will need for the swimming pool sessions. This will ensure you are the only one using your gear and there is no cross contamination.

What if I want to do my Open Water checkout dives on vacation?

No problem. We call that an “Open Water Referral.” To complete a referral, you simply complete your eLearning and Confined Water sessions with us. When you’re done, we’ll issue you a PADI Referral Form and help make the arrangements so that you can complete your certification at a PADI facility at your resort destination.

Do you offer private Open Water courses?

Absolutely. To book a private class, simply let us know when you contact us about our course options. Everything else works the same.

Do I need to buy all the SCUBA diving gear before I start my certification course?

No. The only gear you will need to purchase is gear personal to you - a mask, fins, snorkel, boots and surface marker buoy (SMB). We have discounted packages at the dive shop if you are taking a course with us, so be sure to let us know that you are a student diver. All other gear you will need to complete the course and get certified will be furnished to you as part of the overall fee for the course -- no extra charges!

How do I continue learning once I’ve completed my Open Water certification?

We offer a range of options for continuing your scuba diving education. We recommend taking the Advanced Open Water Diver course as an immediate next step. Don’t let the name mislead you! You can take this course right after your Open Water certification. After Advanced Open Water Diver we recommend the PADI Rescue Diver course.

Can I learn more about SCUBA diving?

We also offer a host of other certification specialties and dive opportunities designed to help you improve or build on specific skills, including (but not limited to) Altitude Diver, Search and Recovery, Underwater Navigator, Deep Diver, Drysuit Diver, Enriched Air Nitrox, Fish ID, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and more.

Who is PADI?

Eugene Skin Divers Supply has long been associated with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). As the largest scuba diver training organization in the world, with a PADI certification you’re not only getting access to a tried-and-tested curriculum and instructors who have been through rigorous training, you’re getting the equivalent of a globally-recognized driver’s license for diving.

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