Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive
programme in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure!

Why PADI Open Water?
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional.

What do I need to do to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You must be above the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver programme. For those of you who are between the ages of 10-14, the PADI Junior Open Water Diver Programme is available to you.

What will I do?
Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.

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How long will it take?

PADI programmes are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course
skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you. (Normally 4 Wednesday evenings and a weekend for Open Water)

How is the course taught at Rec-n-Tec?

Knowledge Development
When you book onto the Open Water Diver Course, you will read from the 'crew pack' containing the 'Go Dive'
manual which accompanies the course and forms the basis of the theory that you will be learning. 'Go Dive' contains five chapters and each week for the duration of the course, we ask you to read one chapter before coming into the dive centre for the Knowledge Development session. In the classroom, you will watch a short DVD, view a brief presentation and complete a quiz. We aim to be as flexible as possible when scheduling Knowledge Development sessions so that you can come in at a time that suits you.

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Confined Water

After completing your Knowledge Development session each week, you will then have the chance to put theory into practice learning diving skills in the safe confines of a swimming pool. Confined Water training happens on Wednesday evenings at a Sports Centre in Hemel Hempstead, just a short journey from the dive centre. We will provide all equipment for the course.