PADI Open Water Diver eLearning
|What is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete this eLearning program?
|The PADI eLearning Open Water Diver Course online will take a minimum of approximately 12-15 hours to complete.
Do I need to complete any additional academic work?
To help ensure that required knowledge is understood and retained, you will be asked to complete a "Quick Review" quiz. Since eLearners have already been assessed via study questions, knowledge reviews, quizzes and exams, the Quick Review should be very straightforward. We will remediate any questions missed and document completion of the Quick Review on the Student Record File. When possible, it is recommended that you stop in to one of our two Scuba Center locations prior to the day of your first pool session. If this does not fit your schedule, plan on taking the Quick Review immediately after your first pool session.
How many pool sessions are required?
The course schedule is for two pool sessions over two days, each session is approximately 3 hours long. (Some of our competitors only include one pool session to master all the skills, we offer twice the in water time).
What is the pool fee?
Fee for completing the pool portion (Confined Water) with Scuba Center (If registered for eLearning directly with PADI, etc) is $150.00.
|Each student will also need to purchase a PADI logbook, mask, fins, and snorkel).
What equipment is provided?
|We will provide state-of-the-art scuba diving equipment for your course pool work.
|What equipment do I need for the class?
You will need to provide your own
as these are individually fitted items. Please make sure that you have scuba rated
fins. The fins you have for snorkeling may not have the power required
when you add the additional drag of the scuba tank, buoyancy
compensator, weight belt, wetsuit, etc. Also, your mask should be a high
quality silicone rubber to insure the best seal to your face. A mask
that leaks on the surface may be a nuisance, but one that leaks at 60
feet is more problematic. Our highly experienced staff of
diving professionals can assist you in selecting the appropriate items at
either of our two locations.
Allow time to get the best fit and service possible.
If possible, do not wait until the day of your first class session. You
will also need a swimsuit and towel for your pool sessions.
|Is there an age restriction?
|You must be at least 15 years old to receive PADI Open Water Diver certification; there is no maximum age. Those 12 to 14 may take the course and receive a PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification. 10 and 11 year olds may be eligible to take the course with pre approval of the Instructor. Contact us for more information. Once certified, 10 and 11 year olds must dive with a parent, guardian or PADI Professional. PADI Junior Open Water divers age 12 and up must dive with a certified adult until their 15th birthday.
|Do I have to be a strong swimmer?
|You will need to be comfortable in the water and capable of swimming continuously for two hundred yards, and treading water/floating for 10 min.
|What do I need to do before the first class?
|You need to complete the online knowledge-based portion of the course, ( PADI eLearning ) and complete knowledge reviews at the end of each module. You also need to complete a PADI Student Record File (which includes a Medical Statement). If you answer yes to any of the medical history questions, the PADI Medical Statement must be signed by your physician prior to your first pool session. You can download and review the Diver Medical | Participant Questionnaire. If you require a physicians approval, we recommend you also retaining an extra copy of the signed Medical Statement for your records.
|Where are the pool sessions held?
|Pool sessions are held at our Eagan location with its own on-site heated indoor pool.
|Are private lessons available?
|Yes, we can organize private pool sessions for an individual or a group. The private lesson fee is $300 for the first person, $150 for each additional person.
|How do I register for a class?
|You can register for your pool sessions over the phone with a credit card (pre-payment required) or by stopping in at either Scuba Center location.
|Fee and cancellation policy.
|The class fee is due when you register for your class. Your class fee is non-refundable within fourteen days of the class starting date and is non-transferable within seven days of the class starting date. Payment for the eLearning portion is nonrefundable once eLearning code is assigned. Class fees are good for a period of one year from date of purchase.
|Part 2 - Open Water Certification dives
Below are several options for students completing their classroom and pool training. Open Water Certification dives should be completed within a maximum of 12 months after completing classroom and pool training.
Due to PADI Instructor-to-Student ratios, 10 and 11 year olds must be in smaller groups.
|Local Certification Dives
|From May through October, Scuba Center offers PADI Open Water training dives at Square Lake near Stillwater, Minnesota (Right in the heart of the Upper Midwest). Your training will consist of four dives completed over a two day period, usually Saturday and Sunday. You may register for either morning or afternoon sessions. During the summer, weeknight certification dives are occasionally offered.
|Upon completion of your classroom and pool training, we will issue you a student referral to take with you on your vacation. We do not charge an additional fee for your referral paperwork. Open water certification dives may be completed with any PADI training facility or PADI instructor. The PADI web site includes a current list of PADI training facilities worldwide. Those of you who have already made travel plans will want to follow this procedure. PADI Open Water training fees are set by the dive facility at the resort you travel to.
|What is the Open Water Training fee?
|On Open Water Certification dives conducted by Scuba Center, the fee is $249. The fee includes use of scuba equipment, wetsuit, instruction, and certification fee. Fees for Open Water Certification Dives are due when registering, are good for a period of one year from date of purchase, and are non refundable.
|What certification card will I receive?
|Upon completion of PADI Open Water training dives with Scuba Center, you will receive the PADI Gold Open Water certification (or Junior Open Water if under age 15). This certification allows you and a certified buddy to dive independently.
All pool sessions held at our facility in Eagan
Pool Location: Scuba Center, 1571 Century Point Eagan, MN 55121