• PADI Open Water(Classroom)

PADI Open Water(Classroom)

This is where it all begins! The Open Water Course is the first step for any scuba diving hopeful. Whether it's the local springs or the corals in the ocean that have peaked your interest, the Padi Open Water Certification Course is for you! The Padi Open Water Classroom Course gives you the hands on classroom experience working with our Instructors and can be completed in just 5 days!

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Prerequisites:   You need adequate swimming skills (Swim 200m and Float 10mins) while needing to be in good physical health(Medical release due at signup). No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Age Req, Min Cert Level:   Must be at least 12yo for online registration. Due to class size restrictions, 10-11yo must call 386-518-6323 to register.

Class Size:   Max of 8 students per instructor unless 10-11 year old in class, then Max is 4 students.

Class Location/Venue:   Classroom Sessions completed at Scuba Monkey Dive Center (13585 NW 101st Dr Ste 700 Alachua Fl 32615). Confined Water Pool Sessions completed onsite and in our indoor heated pool. Open water dives 1-4 completed at one of the many local freshwater springs (final location determined based on current conditions).

Class Length:   Knowledge Development / Independent study (approx) 8-10hrs, classroom 6-8 hrs. Confined water 6 hrs, Open Water 8-10 hrs.


What will you learn? (Details of course)

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases, Knowledge Development with independent study with an in-class review to understand basic principles of scuba diving, Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills, Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!


What extra will you need? (needed and provided)

Needed:Towel, swimsuit, scuba grade mask, fins, boots & snorkel, 60ft waterproof watch or dive computer and site fees. Provided:Student Materials and all scuba gear (BCD, Wetsuit, Weights, Tanks and Regulator).


Next Step (sign up details, forms, etc)

Sign up Online (if at least 12yo) or call Scuba Monkey Dive Center (352-518-6323) - Payment is due at time of registration. Complete the Medical Statement and Liability Waiver. (You will need to have the Medical Statement signed by a doctor if "Yes" is indicated on any line items on the 2nd Page.) Looking for a class that's not on the schedule or an alternate date needed? Please feel free to contact us to schedule a date. Private Classes are available upon request and for an additional fee.


Notes (Course work details or high points for customers)

Prior to class, complete & read sections 1-5 in your Open Water Diving Manual and the RDP manual, completing each section's Knowledge Reviews. (bring a copy of the completed knowledge reviews with you to class)
Watch the Open Water Training Video Intro and Sections 1-5 found at https://www.scubamonkeydivecenter.com/training-videos.htm


Notes (Questions & Answers)

Q: How long is the certification good for?

A: It is a lifetime certification. However, if you are not feeling comfortable then we can certainly do a refresher course.


Q: How deep can I go?

A: The Open Water Certification allows you to go to 60' deep.


Q: What is a Junior Open Water Diver?

A: Students under 15yo will complete the same class but will receive a Junior Open Water Certification. Once they turn 15yo it will automatically turn into an Open Water Diver Certification without any additional steps. Although some prefer to get a replacement card to show they are now an Open Water Diver, it is not necessary.


Q: How long until I receive my certification card?

A: Once the class is completed and signed off by the Instructor, you should receive your temporary card by email within 1-3 days. Your permanent card will be mailed within 2-4 weeks typically.


Q: Do you offer private classes?

A: Yes! Please contact us with your needs or dates and we will do our best to accommodate. The private class rate is 3x the standard rate. 


Q: Can I finish my class with you if I started it somewhere else?

A: Yes, that would be an Open Water Referral Class. You would go into one of our regularly scheduled classes to complete the portion needed. Please call to schedule.


Q: What is your refund policy

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2 reviews for PADI Open Water(Classroom)

  • Nick V.

    Jan 30, 2022

    Great local dive shop. Friendly, helpful with a full compliment of services.

  • Lane Blanchard

    Jan 30, 2022

    I just took my open water certification through Scuba Monkey. If I could rate the professionalism of the instructor and the other dive masters it would be a perfect 10! Scuba Monkey has me as a customer for life. When you think of YOUR dive shop...think Scuba Monkey. They are professional and they care.

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