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Our schedule is designed to let you complete the formal part of the course in just 2 weekends.  By completing the classroom portion online via PADI eLearning or home study options offered by DIVING ENTERPRISES you can spend your time with us concentrating on developing your dive skills rather than sitting in a classroom.  It's also possible to complete your confined and open water dives in as few as two or three days by requesting a private class.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is incredibly flexible and performance based, which means that DIVING ENTERPRISES can offer a wide variety of schedules, paced according to how fast you progress.

Your instructor's interest is in your learning to scuba dive, not in how long you sit in a class. So, training is based upon demonstrating that you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need to become a confident scuba diver who dives regularly. You can start learning to scuba dive online right now with DIVING ENTERPRISES and PADI eLearning.

Compared with getting started in other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn't expensive.

For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:

  • a full day of surfing lessons
  • a weekend of rock climbing lessons
  • a weekend of kayaking lessons
  • a weekend of fly-fishing lessons
  • about three hours of private golf lessons
  • about three hours of private water skiing lessons
  • one amazing night out at the club!

Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a high trained, experienced professional - your DIVING ENTERPRISES PADI Scuba Instructor. From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you share with friends. And, you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Start learning online with DIVING ENTERPRISES and get ready to take your first breath underwater!

DIVING ENTERPRISES is proud to be able to offer the PADI Open Water Course from $275.00 per person.

Learning to scuba dive with DIVING ENTERPRISES and PADI is an incredible adventure! With PADI as your training organization, your path to breathing underwater is accomplished in three exciting phases:

1. Knowledge Development - Learn the lingo.

During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, you develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and what to consider when planning dives. As you progress you briefly review what you have studied and take a short quiz in each of the five knowledge sections to be sure you're getting it.

At the end of the course, you'll take a longer quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down. You and your DIVING ENTERPRISES Instructor will review anything that you don't quite get until it's clear.

Select the knowledge development option you prefer:

  • Start right now and learn to scuba dive online with DIVING ENTERPRISES via PADI eLearning at your own pace—anytime, anywhere (great for busy schedules)
  • Start right now and learn to scuba dive with DIVING ENTERPRISES via PADI Touch (on your tablet, iPad or Android) without having to be logged into the internet.  Learn at your own pace—anytime, anywhere, and then ocassionally ogin to update your progress.
  • Take advantage of home study using PADI multimedia materials (manual, video, CD-Rom) through DIVING ENTERPRISES.
2. Confined Water Dives - Scuba Skills Training.

This is what it's all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you'll learn everything from setting up your scuba gear to how to easily get water out of your scuba mask without surfacing. You'll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time. 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.  You progress through the five confined water dives over one weekend.

3. Open Water Dives - Locally or on Vacation.

After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you've made continue learning during four open water dives with your DIVING ENTERPRISES PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives locally or at a more exotic destination while on a DIVING ENTERPRISES group holiday.

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. DIVING ENTERPRISES will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment performs a different function so that collectively, it adapts you to the underwater world.

When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you want your own

  • scuba mask
  • snorkel
  • boots
  • scuba fins

These have a personal fit, and DIVING ENTERPRISES will help you choose ones that have the fit and features best suited to you.   You'll get a student discount and a Fit & Function© guarantee.  We want to make sure your equipment fits perfectly and meets all your needs.  No getting stuck with something that is just not right for you.

Not ready to buy?  You can also rent theses items for the class. Ypu don;t get the perfect fit but it can give you a chance to try things out.  Often, your rental fees apply to the purchase of that type of item.

What's included in the cost of your PADI Open Water Diver course?

DIVING ENTERPRISES will provide use of the:

    • dive regulator
    • scuba BC
    • scuba tank
    • scuba wetsuit (even in the pool)
    • weight system and weights

Check with DIVING ENTERPRISES to confirm sizing available for your course package. It's recommended that you invest in your own personal equipment when you start your course because:

  • you're more comfortable overall using gear fitted for you
  • you're more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you've chosen
  • scuba divers who own their own scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving
  • having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving

The kind of gear you will need depends on the conditions where you dive. You may want:

  • tropical scuba gear
  • temperate scuba equipment
  • cold water scuba diving equipment

Easy. There is no best gear. But, there is the best gear for you. The professionals at DIVING ENTERPRISES are trained to help you find scuba gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget. These professionals can get you set with the right stuff, plus they provide service and support for years of enjoyable and dependable use.  You get to talk in personwith an experienced staff member, see and touch the actual equipment, and try it on.  All before buying.  Wtih over 150 years combined experience we have the knowledge to find the best equipment for your needs.  Plus, with the Fit & Function© guarantee you can't go wrong.

Feel online is ther way you want to go?  But don't want to order blind and take a chance?  We offer a service that can help you with your choices and make sure you get the best equipment for your diving.

If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become an avid PADI scuba diver. You'll also want to keep in mind these requirements:

Minimum Age:

  • 10 years old (in a private class)
  • 12 years old for regular classes
  • Students younger than 15 years, who successfully complete the course qualify for the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. You must be at least 10 years old to take scuba lessons online with PADI eLearning.

Physical: For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply; you answer all the questions, sign the form, and you're ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution you must have a Physician, NP, or PA assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you're fit to dive.

Waterskills: Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic waterskill comfort by having you:

  • swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
  • float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods that you want.

About Physical Challenges: Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. Individuals with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your localDIVING ENTERPRISES for more information.

Learning Materials : Unless you choose PADI eLearning or PADI Touch, you'll need and use the following training materials during the PADI Open Water Diver course, and for your review and reference after the course:

  • The PADI Open Water Diver Manual, included in our classes.
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video on DVD.
  • You will also need your PADI Log book and Recreational Dive Planner (Table, The WheelTM or eRDPTM).

You can dive practically anywhere there's water – from a swimming pool to the ocean and all points in between, including oceans, quarries, lakes, rivers and springs. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:

  • experience
  • site requirements
  • accessibility
  • conditions
  • interests

For example, if you've just finished your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably won't be diving under the Antarctic ice on your next dive. But, don't limit your thinking to the warm, clear water you see in travel magazines. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.

Your local dive site can be anything from a special pool built just for divers like one found in Brussels, Belgium, or more typically natural sites like Belize's Great Blue Hole, Australia's Great Barrier Reef or Japan's Yonaguni Monument. It may be a manmade reservoir or a fossil-filled river. It's not always about great visibility because what you see is more important than how far you see.

The only truly important thing about where you dive is that you have the scuba diving training and experience appropriate for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. DIVING ENTERPRISES can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation. Visit today to get started.

No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you'll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function or heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person's individual risk. Physicians can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing a scuba candidate. 

In fact, there are very few conditions that automaticaly preclude diving.  No matter what health concerns you have, a quick trip to your doctor with the PADI Medical in hand can open a new world of fun and adventure.

The PADI Medical form is available from our website at no charge.  Also, DAN has information available online if you wish to do some research.

Sun burn and seasickness, both of which are preventable with over the counter preventatives. The most common injuries caused by marine life are scrapes and stings, most of which can be avoided by wearing gloves and an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet. 

Contact DIVING ENTERPRISES for information about exposure protection needed for any of your diving.


When you're lucky, you'll get to see a shark.  Join us on our North Carolina Wreck trips for a chance to meet sharks up close and personal.  Very quickly you'll find sharks something to look forward to seeing.

Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very, very rare.  Most commonly shark encounters primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger eractic feeding behavior. Sharks main food source is fish and if they can get a free feed they will. 

Most of the time, if you see a shark it's passing through and a relatively rare sight to enjoy.  We enjoy our encounters with sharks and look forwad to seeing them.  Once you have dove with a shark you will understand.

Some myths, about sharks, that you have heard may be dispelled by checking out Australian Geographic.

Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 60 feet unless you are a Junior Scuba Diver then it is 40 feet.

Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is no deeper than 40 feet where the water's warmer and the colors are brighter.  In general, the best reefs and dives are between 30 and 60 feet.

That's not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times. This way, you can return to the surface with a safety reserve remaining. But to answer the question, if you run out of air, your buddy has a spare mouthpiece that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you'll learn in your PADI Open Water course with DIVING ENTERPRISES.

People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training with DIVING ENTERPRISES, your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.

DIVING ENTERPRISES keeps classes small so that we can give you more time to get comfortable with the amazing world of diving.