you've always wondered what lies beneath the surface,
now's the time to find out! Start the journey of a lifetime
with the PADI Open Water Diver course.
It will change you forever!
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, your PADI Instructor takes you through the basics of learning how to scuba dive. You start in a pool and progress to the open water (ocean, lake, quarry, etc.) getting the background knowledge along the way.
anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable
in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver
certification. Phyisician approval may be required by some.
you are between 10 and 14, or have a child between these
ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program
available. Minimum age is 10.
The course encompasses three phases: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Training Dives.
1. Knowledge Development – This develops your familiarity with basic diving principles and procedures. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and what to consider when planning dives. You complete the Knowledge Development portion in one of two ways:
Classroom setting: You can complete the Knowledge Development on your own, reading each of five sections of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual and watching the corresponding section of the PADI Open Water Diver Video (which also previews skills you’ll practice in the pool). In a classroom environment with other students, we’ll briefly review what you studied, a Y-kiki instructor will elaborate on the information, demonstrate the various pieces of equipment and quiz you for comprehension. At the end of the course, you take a final exam that makes sure you’ve got all the key concepts and ideas down.
eLearning: Whether you're on the go or want to take it slow, you can complete the Knowledge Development portion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course online with PADI eLearning. It's a great match for an active schedule. With PADI eLearning, you have convenient online access to knowledge development course materials for one year. You’ll read and complete each of five sections of the manual online, watching corresponding video clips along the way and complete the final exam online. Simply print your eLearning Record and bring it in to Y-kiki Divers to schedule your pool and open water dives.
Cost for eLearning: To start the PADI eLearning course, click here. The eLearning coursework is $138 paid to PADI directly. The confined water (pool) training and logbook is $180 and includes referral paperwork and use of a wrist dive computer (to complete your training on vacation). If completing your training locally, the open water training is $150. Purchase your personal equipment (mask, fins, snorkel and boots) from Y-kiki and receive a 10% savings. Mask, fins, snorkel & boots are required for this class.
2. Confined Water Dives – This is what it’s all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills in a pool. Here you’ll learn everything from setting up your gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing. You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air – just in case. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time.
3. Open Water Training Dives – After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you’ve made continue learning during four open water dives at a local dive site. This is where you have fun putting it all together and fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives locally or at a more exotic destination on vacation with what is called a referral. Consider Y-kiki's Dry Suit Option! Dive dry and warm in one of our DUI Dry Suits and earn your Dry Suit Diver certification the same weekend you complete your PADI Open Water certification dives.
Earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification is just the beginning. As a certified diver, fabulous dive destinations, exciting people, unparalleled adventure and uncommon tranquility await you.
To continue your adventure, consider the Advanced Open Water class and be sure and sign up to receive information on our Local Diving Adventures "Club"... more commonly known as the Fun Divers Club. It's an opportunity to join Y-kiki's experienced staff and other local divers at a nearby dive site for diving, fellowship and fun. Diving makes better divers... so let's go diving!
Prerequisites: 10 years old for Junior Open Water Diver and 15 years old for Open Water Diver. Good health, reasonable fitness and comfort in the water. Physician approval may be required by some.
Materials Needed for Classroom Setting: PADI Open Water Crew-Pak, PADI Open Water DVD, How to Use & Choose Dive Computers and Log Book (provided in cost of class). Your personal equipment: mask, fins, snorkel & boots.
is $395. Purchase your mask, fins, snorkel and boots
from us and we'll discount the class to $295. Mask,
fins, snorkel and boots are required for this class.
Referral: Going on vacation and want to learn to dive? Why waste vacation time sitting in a classroom? Complete your knowledge development sessions (either in a classroom setting or with eLearning) and confined open water dives with Y-kiki Divers and then complete your open water training dives on vacation with another PADI dive center. Cost is $340. Purchase your mask, fins, snorkel and boots from us and we'll discount the class to $240.
Water Training Dives only: If you’ve completed
your knowledge development sessions and confined open
water dives with another Dive Center and only need your four
open water training dives to complete your certification,
this option is for you. Cost is $150. Includes equipment
rental (excluding mask, fins, snorkel and boots) and certification fees.
Dry Suit Option: Dry Suits keep you warm and dry (actually it's the undergarment!). Since water wicks away our body temp much faster than if our body were surrounded by air, the solution to staying warmer is to wear a dry suit and an appropriate undergarment. Don't let our colder water stop you from diving! Dive a Dry Suit, stay warm, dive often. Do all your training dives using one of our dry suits and become PADI Dry Suit certified the same weekend you do your Open Water Diver certification dives. This add-on course is $135 but is $25 less than taking the course later.
Y-kiki's Dry Suit option includes the PADI Dry Suit Crew Pak, an orientation classroom session, one additional pool session for practice, use of our rental dry suit throughout your certification dives, one additional dive following your certification dives and your certification fees.
This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification. Take the Master Scuba Diver Challenge!
Tune-Up: A little rusty? Been awhile since youve
pulled out your dive tables? Take a Scuba Tune-Up with
Y-kiki Divers and review basic scuba skills. Dust off
your gear and bring it to class. Well inspect
it for potential maintenance concerns. Cost is $85 and
includes a PADI refresher workbook, classroom and pool
sessions. Includes equipment rental (excluding mask,
fins, snorkel and boots). For a refresher of just the pool skills, cost is $65.
Open Water Scuba Diver Course: Contact Valerie
Elliott at 314-469-8722 for more details.
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