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PADI: Professional Association of Diving Instructors®

The Way the World Learns to Dive®

PADI is the world's leading dive training organization.

With more than 6,600 PADI Dive Centers / Resorts and over 137,000 PADI Professionals who have issued more than 27 million certifications worldwide, you will find PADI diving courses and services almost everywhere.

The PADI Dive Education System is based on progressive training, which introduces student divers to skills, safety related information and local environmental knowledge in stages. PADI courses are student-centered, providing maximum practice and realistic application.

While maintaining the highest standards of scuba training, safety and customer service, PADI Professionals make diving exploration and adventures possible. The PADI philosophy of the four Es requires that the underwater lifestyle be composed of four elements: Education - Experience - Equipment and Ecology

PADI Regional Headquarters support the efforts of Individual Professional Members and PADI Dive Centers / Resorts in over 183 countries and territories. To meet the needs of divers around the world, translations of PADI materials are available in at least 26 languages.

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Setting the highest standards for diving education.

PADI empowers people to achieve individual goals through the safest and most comprehensive dive program in the world.

Open Water Diver   /Jr.OWD

The process of obtaining the diving license starts here. Get started with PADI's online learning course. Go to the pool and practice your new skills. Then go on four open water dives at the lake.


" Start Your Dive Adventure Now"


Up to 18 mt. (12 mt. Jr.OWD)

Required age
10 years or more

Course prerequisites
Able to swim; in medical form for diving

Time commitment:

about 8-15 hours

Modules :

  • theory: 5

  • confined waters: 5 (swimming pool max 4 mt)

  • Open water: 4 (lake)

During the PADI Open Water Diver course you will learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba equipment. Most people view this training as a rewarding challenge. The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development includes the principles, concepts and terms you need to know to dive safe and have fun. During confined water dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with similar conditions. You will enjoy doing one or more mini-dives, during which you can follow the same procedures that you will follow during open water dives. To complete the training, practice, apply and demonstrate what you have learned over the course of four open water dives at a local site. The achievement of the PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you have met the requirements of the course. Dive Centers and Dive Resorts require a certification before allowing you to rent scuba equipment, fill up your cylinders and book diving trips.

As a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be trained to a maximum depth of 18 meters / 60 feet and qualified to dive in conditions that are equal to or better than what you have been trained in.

It will truly be the beginning of a life full of underwater adventures.

Course modalities

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Theoretical development ( online with self study or with your Instructor) - to understand the basic principles of diving

  • Confined water diving - to learn basic skills

  • Open water diving - to use your skills and explore!

Thanks to the Open Water Diver course, you could get college credit .

Are you short on time? The PADI Scuba Diver course might be right for you.

Languages ​​available

Italian English


During the PADI Open Water Diver program, you will learn how to use basic equipment , including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy vest and a tank. The equipment you use will differ depending on whether you dive in temperate or cold waters.

To view the equipment you will be using during this course and get tips on everything you will need from your PADI Instructor or contact your local dive center .

let's begin

You can start preparing right away with PADI home study materials, Open Water Diver eLearning .

You will also need to go to the PADI sales point to sign up for the course and agree with a PADI instructor about the timing of your water training. Your instructor will also be able to answer any questions you have and will check your progress to verify that you understand the basic notions of diving.


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