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HAWAIIAN DIVING ADVENTURES
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HAWAIIAN DIVING ADVENTURES
Open Water Diver
Open Water Diver

Open Water Diver

The First Step of your Scuba Diving Adventure

$625

  • 3 day course
  • Includes all academic digital kits
  • Registration with mySSI
  • Includes all rental equipment
  • Four Open Water Training Dives from our boat

The First Step of your Scuba Diving Adventure

$625

  • 3 day course
  • Includes all academic digital kits
  • Registration with mySSI
  • Includes all rental equipment
  • Four Open Water Training Dives from our boat
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Special Considerations

  • The minimum age is 10 years old.
  • To dive, we require basic swimming skills and overall physical fitness.
  • You must complete a medical questionnaire and may need a doctor’s approval if you have any disqualifying conditions.
  • When scheduling your dives, allow at least 18 hours after diving before flying. This is important — you cannot fly the same day after scuba diving.
  • Courses must be booked over the phone: call now at 808-232-3193.

Special Considerations

  • The minimum age is 10 years old.
  • To dive, we require basic swimming skills and overall physical fitness.
  • You must complete a medical questionnaire and may need a doctor’s approval if you have any disqualifying conditions.
  • When scheduling your dives, allow at least 18 hours after diving before flying. This is important — you cannot fly the same day after scuba diving.
  • Courses must be booked over the phone: call now at 808-232-3193.
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What it means to be an Open Water Diver

Every scuba diver starts here. This is the entry level certification and prepares you to be able to take care of yourself in the ocean. This course is prerequisite to all other scuba of certifications and specialty classes.
 
As an Open Water Diver, you will be able to see what is under the other 70% of the earth’s surface. Scuba diving opens up an entirely new world full of magical oceanscapes, dazzling marine wildlife, colorful coral and so much more! 
 
This certification is valid for life and is an amazing way to invest in yourself. Enjoy incredible adventures, exotic travel, and great people, all while enjoying a healthy and fun activity! We take great pride in welcoming new divers to the community.
 
Courses must be booked over the phone: call now at 808-232-3193.

How It Works

The Open Water Diver certification program has three parts:

  1. The academic portion, done online and at home before any in-water training. This teaches us the theories and concepts that keep us safe as divers.
  2. The confined water session is where you get hands-on training about preparing and using scuba gear. Although we use a shallow lagoon from the beach, this is your ‘pool’ session where you will learn how to assemble your gear and be introduced to the many skills you need to dive. You will also be given time to practice these skills.
  3. You and your instructor do four open water dives, where you head out on the dive boat, and apply everything you learned. Each dive trip includes two dives, and each dive includes practice on all the fundamentals. You also get plenty of time to check out the incredible coral gardens and marine life. You are almost guaranteed to see a sea turtle with us: we see them almost every day, along with thousands of colorful reef fish!

Timeline

  1. The Open Water Diver online learning portion is done at your own pace, usually over several days. The online classes have learning modules and review questions. This may be done anywhere and at anytime, but must be finished before any in water training takes place.
  2. Day One is the confined water session. Over several hours you will learn and practice all the skills.
  3. Days Two and Three, are the open water dives, usually consecutively, but we can always work with you to fit your schedule. The dives are done off of the boat, we’ll do two dives each day. 
  4. There is a multiple-choice final exam. Don’t worry: it’s easy once you’ve taken the class!

Timeline

  1. The Open Water Diver online learning portion is done at your own pace, usually over several days. The online classes have learning modules and review questions. This may be done anywhere and at anytime, but must be finished before any in water training takes place.
  2. Day One is the confined water session. Over several hours you will learn and practice all the skills.
  3. Days Two and Three, are the open water dives, usually consecutively, but we can always work with you to fit your schedule. The dives are done off of the boat, we’ll do two dives each day. 
  4. There is a multiple-choice final exam. Don’t worry: it’s easy once you’ve taken the class!

Open Water Diver Certification

Upon completion of all academic and in-water requirements, including a basic swimming evaluation and the final exam, your Instructor will issue the Open Water Diver certification card.

Certified Open Water Divers can dive with an equally- or more-qualified buddy in environments equivalent to their training, and within the recommended depth limits. Students younger than 15 years old will be certified as Junior Open Water Diver. They must dive under the direct supervision of a dive professional or with a certified adult, in environments equivalent to their training, and within the recommended depth limits.

What To Bring

  • All you need is a swimsuit for the first day: all of the dive gear is included!
    •  If you bring a change of clothes for after class, there are beach showers and restrooms. 
  • If you have personal gear like mask, snorkel, or fins, bring it. You’ll be more comfortable in your own gear. We have gear for sale too www.theswimthrough.com
  • You can bring a towel, sunglasses & maybe a hat for the boat trips (we have a dry storage area).
  • Bring your underwater camera & its waterproof casing to get the best shots!
  • We provide drinking water, fresh pineapple & snacks, but you can also bring your own. 

Certification Agency Options

Our instructors are active status in three different scuba training agencies.

What’s a training agency? They are the guys who actually write the text books and print certification cards. All reputable agencies fall under the umbrella of the World Recreational Scuba Training Counsel and as such, their standards are pretty much the same. In the end, scuba diving is scuba diving, and it doesn’t really matter what brand is printed on your card.

$625 (includes eLearning and registration fees)

Click here to REGISTER for SSI Open Water Certification.

SSI is our first choice for agencies. Their online platform automatically syncs across devices, has a great log book for after your course, and gives you permanent access to course materials and digital cards. Best of all, their fees are significantly lower, saving you hundreds of dollars.  A better product for less money, we like SSI.

$650 + eLearning fees (approximately $250)
 
Click here to REGISTER for PADI Open Water Certification
 
PADI is the biggest agency out there. Their name has become synonymous with scuba around the world.  However, we have found their online materials somewhat lacking and they do charge a lot for the privilege to use them. Plus, you don’t get to keep them when you’re finished. If you’d like a PADI course, we are happy to provide one, but they’re not our first choice.
$850 total
 
Please contact us for NAUI Scuba Diver certification.
 
NAUI is the oldest training agency that is still around.  NAUI boasts the most rigorous academic training at this level. NAUI is the agency of choice for universities and scientific divers.

Courses must be booked over the phone: call now at 808-232-3193.

Contact Hawaiian Diving Adventures with any questions, or to sign up for your next class!