The open water certification process takes two easy steps:

Step 1)  PADI eLearning, and pool session:

a) Complete the academics through the PADI eLearning system (about 12 hours of online work).

In the PADI eLearning program you will learn the required scuba principles and concepts needed to continue your scuba training in the pool. The eLearning has to be completed before the pool session. To enroll you must be 10 years old, or older.

Purchase your eLearning by clicking on the yellow button bellow. At checkout, please specify which eLearning version you prefer 1) eLearning Open Water Diver, in which you will learn the scuba concepts through online lectures, videos, quizzes, and a final test (for laptops, and computers only) or 2) Open Water Diver Touch, which is a tablet-based version of the PADI Open Water Diver manual, and is available on iOS devices (such as the iPad) and Android devices. It integrates the most updated text, learning objectives, and knowledge reviews, as well as clips from the PADI Open Water Diver video. Either version is suitable for continuing your scuba training in the pool.

Open Water Diver eLearning

b) Pool session:  The pool session takes place in the pool at the McBurney YMCA, 125 W 14th Street in Manhattan. Pool sessions are conducted on a Saturday, or a Sunday from 11:00 am to about 7:00-8:00 pm. (only one pool session is needed.) During the pool session, first you will fill out the PADI student record file, and complete a quick review based on the concepts you studied in the eLearning, then you will proceed to the pool with your instructor.

Prerequisites for the pool session: Having completed the eLearning by the time of your pool session. You need adequate swimming skills, and be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Confined Water Training (pool session)

Pool session fee: $379 includes confined water training, and all scuba equipment rentals to be used in the pool! This price also includes your Blue Logbook, which contains your referral form that you need to take to your certifying instructor, either locally or abroad. It also includes your Recreational Dive Planner (RDP table, Imperial version) which you need for taking the quick review when you meet with your instructor. Your $50 deposit counts towards your total pool session fee.

Step 2)  After you complete steps above, you will be ready for your four open water check out dives, and certification. These check out dives can be done locally with us on one of our scheduled weekends throughout the warmer months starting in May, and throughout September. A second option would be, let’s say you have a planned vacation and want to complete your checkout dives abroad, then we can provide you with a referral form for you to take it to your certifying instructor abroad.

Read more about the Open water checkout dives

If you prefer to buy your eLearning and book the pool session by phone please call 347-610-8733.