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Are you ready to change your life? Embark on a journey to explore a whole new world untouched by the frantic pace of everyday life. Scuba diving provides a thrill and adventure unmatched by anything else. Come dive in and start your adventure today with Niagara Scuba Center.
PADI Open Water Diver Course Outline
What does it cover?


The PADI Open Water Diver course is, by far, the world’s most popular scuba certification course. Millions of people have started diving as certified PADI Open Water Divers. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) and motor procedures (skills, techniques, methods). The PADI Open Water Diver Course provides the knowledge development portion you need. You develop the remaining skills by actually diving with a PADI Instructor at Niagara Scuba Center your local PADI Dive Center.
Open Water Scuba Diver
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba certification course. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) and motor procedures (skills, techniques, methods). You’ll gain the foundation skills and knowledge to dive with a buddy independent of supervision.
This course is your first diving certification level and is comprised of 3 levels, the knowledge development, confined water dives in our own in-house pool and the open water certification dives.
We encourage independent study for knowledge development before class begins. You will watch the DVD, read your PADI open Water Manual, and complete all knowledge reviews in the manual before your class begins.
When the class meets we will review any questions you may have, and spend the time needed to ensure your questions have been answered.
Then it’s off to the pool! The 5 confined water sessions will bring your skills along to ensure your comfort with the skills you will need for the open water certification.
Finally it’s time for your open water dives – where you will demonstrate to your instructor in 4 dives over 2 days, what you have learned the confined water sessions. You’ll have a lot of fun over the entire process, and when you complete your certification, you’ll have a PADI Open Water Diver certification Card, recognized world wide.
The group classes for classroom and pool sessions are normally done at Niagara Scuba Center’s own facilities. We can offer private or customized training off location, contact us for details.
Prerequisites: Minimum Age: 10
Course Cost $220.00 for group classes, includes Crewpak and use of DVD.
Students may share a DVD, but each student must have their own manual, Dive planner and a personal logbook.
We provide during class: Use of a mask, snorkel & Fins, BCD, Regulator, Gauges, and Weights during pool sessions, experienced PADI Instructor for the classroom and pool sessions.
You provide: Personal swim suit and towel.
Please note the cost of open water check-out dives and certification are not covered in this price – allowing you the flexibility to plan for travel to warmer locales for final certification dives. Niagara Scuba Center will be happy to assist with several certification options from our own facilities or with a referral letter to a PADI resort elsewhere.
Local Certification Course Cost: $445.00 includes local Certification dives and equipment rental.

Are you interested in Scuba Diving but wonder what it’s all about?

Discover Scuba Diving

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting individuals try it for themselves. Under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program can take place in a swimming pool, or at an open water dive site — anywhere an appropriate, positive introduction to scuba diving is possible.

After trying scuba, many new divers may decide to repeat the experience, if not immediately, then on other occasions or in different areas. Others will choose to pursue certification by enrolling in a PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver course. The desired result is to excite people about scuba diving and encourage additional participation.

When certain requirements are met, new divers may earn credit toward PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver certification.

Prerequisites Minimum Age: 10

Course Costs: $35 for Pool
$100 for Open water

Advanced Open Water
Move up and experience real adventure with the PADI Advanced Open Water
Diver course. As you step beyond the PADI Open Water Diver level, you make five dives and have the opportunity to try some of diving’s most rewarding and useful specialty activities, such as deep diving, digital underwater photography, wreck diving and much more. These skills make diving much more than underwater sightseeing. Plus, the Advanced Open Water Diver course takes you one step closer to Master Scuba Diver – the ultimate non professional certification in recreational diving.
With your PADI Instructor you complete the deep and underwater navigation Adventure Dives. These dives boost your confidence as you build foundational skills. Then, you choose three additional dives from more than 15 Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can go diving at night, check out the local wrecks in the area or even fly through the water on a diver propulsion vehicle – all during your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) and 15 years old
Or 12 years old for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver
Number of dives: Five dives 
Adventure Dive options include;
o AWARE-fish identification
o Boat diving
o Deep diving
o Diver propulsion vehicle use
o Drift diving
o Dry suit diving
o Multilevel and Computer diving
o Night diving
o Peak performance buoyancy
o Search and recovery
o Underwater nature study
o Underwater Navigation
o Underwater photography
o Underwater Videography and
o Wreck diving

Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course
Course Cost: $249.00 includes: Adventures in Diving Crew-Pak, Adventures in Diving manual.
You Provide: All Dive Gear
Please Note: arrangements for dive trips will be made when you sign up, costs will depend on dives and locations selected.
Adventure Diving Options: You may want the flexibility of taking each adventure dive when you have the time.
Pricing option: $50 per dive plus the Adventures in Diving Text book.

Rescue Diver
Challenging and rewarding best describes the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course will expand your knowledge and experience level. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is challenging, it is a rewarding way to build your confidence.
You’ll start with independent study for knowledge development from the PADI Rescue Diver Manual. Read the book, watch the DVD, complete your knowledge reviews then meet in the class to ensure mastery of the book concepts and discuss how to handle different scenarios.
The most fun – and the most exhausting – part of the class: Your open water dives. Scenarios that will be completed over two days will teach you how to handle everything from a tired diver to covering diving emergencies and first aid.
You’ll practice each skill until you have the comfort and knowledge needed to handle the problems you’ll encounter.
Prerequisites: Advanced Open water diver certification or higher
Minimum age: 12 years
Pre-requisite Advanced Certification &
CPR Training
Course Cost: $299.00 includes Rescue Crewpak and use of DVD
You provide: All dive gear

Emergency First Response
Take a step toward emergency preparedness and meet PADI Rescue Diver prerequisites with Emergency First Response. As one of the foremost international CPR and first aid training companies, Emergency First Response gives you the confidence to respond to medical emergencies -- not just in the diving world, but in your every day world with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers too.
Emergency First Response courses encompass:
CPR for adults
First aid for adults
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
Refresher certification is available
Prerequisites: None
Course Cost: $125.00 includes all materials