Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches student divers the foundational knowledge and skills they need to dive with a buddy, independent of supervision.

PADI Open Water Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive with a buddy independent of supervision while applying the knowledge and skills they learn in this course, within the limits of their training and experience.
  • Obtain air fills, scuba equipment and other services.
  • Plan, conduct and log open water no stop (no decompression) dives when properly equipped and when accompanied by a buddy in conditions with which they have training and/or experience.
  • Continue their dive training with a specialty dive (Adventure Dive), in the PADI Adventures in Diving program or in PADI Specialty courses.


To participate in the PADI Open Water Diving program, an individual must:

  1. Be 10 years or older.
  2. Review, complete and sign the PADI Discover Scuba Diving affirmation of risk. Parent or guardian signature required for new divers younger than legal age.
  3. Medical history screen

If the new diver answers “yes” to any condition on the form’s medical history section, the diver must receive medical approval prior to any in-water activities.