PADI Open Water Diver

Dive Into the Essentials & Get Certified
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Ready to dive into the amazing world of scuba diving?  Brought to you by PADI, the largest and most recognized training agency in the world, the Open Water Diver course will teach, train, certify, and empower you to enjoy scuba diving safely anywhere you go.  This training will have you geared up and ready to explore the amazing wonders of the deep with your buddy; no babysitters required.


Let’s break down the three main phases:


1. Knowledge Development: Welcome to the amazing science of diving.  Here, you’ll get the lowdown on basic topics like how pressure affects your body, selecting the right gear, and dive planning. At the end, you’ll need to watch a series of videos and pass a final exam to make sure you understand the best practices applied worldwide to enjoy scuba diving safely.  Kindly enter here to pay PADI directly for the online course and complete the theory portion PADI.COM.


2. Confined Water Training: Now, let’s get wet!  We’re diving into five (5) sessions of confined water training with a PADI certified Instructor. It’s like your own underwater playground, usually in a swimming pool or pool-like environment starting in the shallow. You’ll learn the nitty-gritty skills of setting up gear, mastering buoyancy, pre-dive safety procedures, communicating with your partner underwater, and other cool and essential skills. This is your ticket to acing the open water dives coming up and they’re typically completed in one day, but may vary depending on logistics and your ability complete the required skills.


3. Open Water Dives: Here’s where the rubber meets the road. You’ll have four (4) open water dive immersions, usually spread over two (2) or three (3) days. It’s time to put all that knowledge and skills you’ve soaked up into practice. Each dive is like a mini adventure, building your confidence and making you like a pro underwater. The Instructor keeps an eye on your skills checklist to assure full completion. Some skills are dive-specific, while others are flexible and can be done on any of the required checkout dives.  Your Instructor will guide you accordingly.


Once you’ve rocked these three phases, you’re officially a PADI Open Water Diver. That means you can dive down to 18 meters (60 feet) with your buddy, rent or buy scuba gear, join dive boat trips, get your tanks filled at local dive shops, and continue to more advanced trainings and adventures.


Most of our clients complete the 2-training program from the shores of the Escambrón Marine Park, where we provide excellent facilities with restrooms, lockers, showers, briefing area, air compressor, and top-quality gear for your diving pleasure.  However, you can consider the following options that we recommend and can often provide for you:

    • 3-Day Program – An additional day will allow us to schedule the confined training separately in our heated pool in Guaynabo where you will be more comfortable to better learn and master the required skills.

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    • Boat Diving – You can complete the full training boat diving at the Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa. You may benefit from our excellent Stay & Dive Offer including 2 nights for 2 people with 2 days of diving. Sign up here to get certified at the Resort.

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    • Gear Rentals – All the scuba and snorkeling gear is included in your training. That said, as a certified diver we strongly recommend that you own your basic gear including mask, snorkel, and fins.  This will allow you to learn using your own equipment and continue to use them on upcoming adventures.  We represent some of the best brands in the marketplace, take a look here.


    • Private Training – This is a unique service that we are happy to offer when only one participant has signed up and for customers wanting to receive a higher level of personalized attention.  The rate for this service is doubled, but it will allow you to schedule the aquatic sessions at your best convenience, assure an exclusive service for you, and optimize the quality of your training as the Instructor is fully focused on teaching you. Simply select the private training option after choosing your preferred date.


What's Included

  • Theory discussion on the science of diving with a “Quick Review” quiz.
  • Skills training circuit with five (5) modules in confined water environment.
  • Four (4) open water dive training immersions.
  • SCUBA gear rental with mask, snorkel, fins, weights, BCD, regulator and tanks is included.
  • Excellent facilities with lockers, showers, restrooms and gift shop.
  • All stages under direct supervision by a certified PADI Instructor.
  • PADI Open Water Diver certification license upon completion.

What's not Included

  • Towels; please bring one with a bathing suit.
  • Swim wear; rashguard or wetsuit are available for purchase or rent if desired.
  • Transportation; rental car, taxi or Uber are recommended.


  • Must be 12+ years old. Children between 10-11 years old can take this course, but must comply with one of the following:
    • First take the PADI Seal Team program in the pool to learn and master both swim and scuba skills before diving in open water environment.
    • Sign up for a private training so that our certified Instructor can focus on providing your child with a one-on-one personalized attention to assure the best possible level of training.
  • Successfully complete a water skills assessment swimming a distance of 200 meters or snorkeling 300 meters, and be able to float for 10 minutes in water too deep to stand up in
  • A Medical Statement must be signed to confirm that you are in good health, otherwise get a signed physician approval before your aquatic training
  • A Liability Release and Statement of Understanding must be filled and signed by all participants
  • Purchase and complete the E-learning theory on-line directly with PADI.COM.

Any questions at all, feel free to call us at 787-783-6377 or write us an email HERE.
We’ll be happy to answer your questions so that you make the best possible decision that’s right for you.
So, what are you waiting for? Dive in with Scuba Dogs and become a certified PADI Open Water Diver.  Let’s go!!

Hey, who doesn’t love a good bargain?

We are happy to offer the following discounts on all tours and trainings to our customers:
  • $25 discount per person when booking for 2+ participants
  • 50% discount for groups of 15+ participants perfect for birthdays,  special celebrations, and corporate events
  • $10 discount when bringing your full gear
  • $10 discount for Copamarina Resort guests in Guánica
  • 20% discount for 6-month extended aquatic program
  • 30% discount for 1-year extended aquatic program

For more information, feel free to contact us here with any questions or inquiries.

Disclaimer Clarification

Our tours and trainings require all participants to be in good health and dully qualified for the respective services. If unsure, kindly contact us via email, we’ll be happy to advice in order to assure your safety.

Availability Agreement

All bookings are subject to change due to factors like weather conditions, staff availability, quorum and unexpected events.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is required to make your reservation; this confirms your commitment with us. Our duty is to coordinate all resources needed to render the best available service; that is our commitment to you. Full refunds are applicable for cancellations notified 48 hours prior to the reservation date. A 50% refund is applicable for cancellations notified 24 hours prior to the reservation date. We do not offer refunds for no-show, cancellations made less than 24 hours, or extreme circumstances on-site that may be life threatening like a storm, near drowning scenarios, or a “Mayday” call. Safety is always our #1 priority. At Scuba Dogs we strive to be “Diver’s Best Friend”. We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding.