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Open Water Referral

Open Water Diver Course

Your SCUBA training starts here! The Open Water Diver training has 2 main components and ends with a referral to complete your open water dives at the destination of your choosing (hours are approximate): 


  1. Online Academics, 12 hours

    • Upon enrollment, you’ll receive a unique eLearning code to begin your academics program

    • Self-paced and to be completed before starting pool training

    • When you’ve completed the final exam, please email instruction@DOERMarine.com so we can arrange a time to review the material ~

  2. SCUBA Equipment Assembly & Fitting Session Deep Ocean Explore Store – 2 hours

    • 1 practical session covering the basic assembly of SCUBA equipment and fitting of personal and rental gear

    • Each student will need to have their own personal gear including - mask, snorkel, boots, gloves, underwater compass, and a method for logging dives. These items can be provided by the student, pending approval by instructional staff, or purchased from our store

    • Estimated cost of personal gear: $200-$450 

  3. Pool Training Alameda – 10 hours (weekend)

    • 2-3 sessions lasting 2 to 4 hours each (depending on the class size, usually 3 to 6 students)

    • Rental gear (wetsuits, BCs, weights, regulators, computers, fins, and cylinders) will be provided at no additional cost during the pool sessions. However, they will need to be rented for a fee of $120 for the ocean dives. 



Pick one eLearn: PADI $207 -or- SDI $133.85

+ Group class tuition (with pool & ocean)


+ Personal gear



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Availability: In Stock

This course is for you if:

  • You would like to earn a Scuba Diving certification

  • You are interested in underwater exploration


What you can expect to learn:

The Open Water Scuba Diver Course will cover all of the necessary skills and knowledge for open water scuba diving, including:

  • The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, heat loss, tides, currents, waves, surge, etc.

  • Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.

  • Dive equipment selection, assembly, use and maintenance

  • Dive planning

  • Basic scuba skills including mask and regulator skills, swimming underwater, buoyancy control, basic rescue techniques, and emergency procedures

  • And much more!


What’s in it for you:

Upon successful completion of the Open Water Scuba Diver course, graduates may:

  • Conduct open water dives in conditions similar to their training

  • Continue their dive education by enrolling in Advanced Diver and Specialty courses

Open Water Scuba Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

  • Satisfactorily complete the Open Water Scuba Diver knowledge quests or equivalent online learning course

  • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently

  • Minimum age 18, 10 - 15 with private instruction

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