Open Water Scuba Diver



The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. It provides the foundation for further scuba training, while staying fun and accessible.

Many people choose to complete their training locally in preparation for a trip to a warmer location. In fact, learning to dive in the waters of Western Pennsylvania will better develop your skills as a confident and prepared diver, and allow you to get the most out of all your dive experiences.


  • Students must be at least 10 years old to begin the class.
  • Ability to swim 200 yards, with no time limit
  • Ability to float or tread water for 10 minutes

Course Structure

  • Knowledge Development: You will learn and review the basic principles of scuba diving. This portion of the course can be completed in the classroom, at home, or online, and at your own pace.
  • Confined Water Dives: These are pool sessions where students learn and refine the skills necessary for diving in open water, including emergency procedures. Students will also become comfortable in the water operating scuba equipment.
  • Open Water Dives: Under instructor supervision, you will put your new skills to use on four training dives at a local dive site. The dives are commonly completed over the course of a weekend.

After You’re Certified

You will be qualified to dive all around the world to depths of up to 60ft (plenty deep for most reefs!). Your Open Water Scuba Diver rating will allow you to pursue advanced and speciality training offered by The Scuba Shop.

As long as you keep your skills maintained, your certification will never expire.


$450 – pool sessions (4 or more students per group, additional charge for private class)
$200 – open water sessions

Next Steps

It is highly recommended that you continue your training with our Advanced Open Water class, which picks up where Open Water leaves off. Alternatively, you can work on a variety of specialty diver ratings.