PADI - Open Water Diver Course

PADI - Open Water Diver Course

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  • Please ensure you read the full product description prior to purchase. COURSE FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. (Parents must be available to drive their child to the pool, as we do not offer transportation. For children under 16, parents must also be present at the pool for each session due to liability. They do not need to be in the pool, just present for the duration).

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If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

You can get started immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning® system. This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

Train with Oakville Divers

Our Oakville Divers scuba courses are designed to provide you with the best combination of diving theory and diving skills to make you a safe, confident, and comfortable SCUBA diver. 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.

PADI eLearning lets you:

  • Learn by watching, listening, reading and interacting with a dynamic instructional program.
  • Access the material for one year, plus gain unlimited access to an online version of the course manual.
  • Contact Oakville Divers anytime you have a question about what you’re learning.
  • Get in the water quickly – applying what you’ve learned – when you meet with your PADI Instructor.

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

  • Knowledge Development (eLearning and TWO classroom sessions) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives 4 pool sessions to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives Dive locally with us! or BY referral ANYWHERE in the world there is a PADI Dive Centre (not included in initial course cost - see details below).

How Long Will it Take?

Weeknight Sessions (Etobicoke Olympium, Etobicoke):
Class: Monday nights 6:30pm to 9:00pm (2 weeks starting on date selected)
Pool: Tuesday nights 9:00pm to 11:00pm (4 weeks starting the week of class selected)

  • The eLearning online theory requires approximately 8 to 10 hours.
  • Two classroom sessions - hands on equipment and learning session - with our PADI 5 Star Instructor will be held on Monday evenings at the shop in Oakville from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. eLearning modules and final exam must be completed prior to classroom sessions beginning.
  • in water training sessions are required. Pool sessions are scheduled on Tuesday evenings at Etobicoke Olympium Pool - 590 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke - 9:00PM TO 11:00PM. See available dates above.

(Please allow yourself adequate time before the first classroom and in water session to complete the online theory)

The 4 Open Water dives are conducted over a weekend (Saturday/Sunday) throughout the Spring and Summer. (Open Water certification dives are booked separately - cost is $300 + tax and includes all rentals and certification fees)
**ask us for details

OR You can complete all coursework and in water training to receive a signed referral letter to do your dives ANYWHERE in the world there is a PADI Dive Centre (PADI Log book purchase required - $20).

What Will I Need?

eLearning & Pool Program Course Fee Includes ($449.00):

  • PADI eLearning registration code (to access the online theory)
  • In class, hands on orientation and equipment sessions with our PADI 5 Star instructor.
  • In water training with PADI Instructors and assistants.
  • Scuba equipment provided (tank, regulator, bcd, weights)
  • PADI Referral Letter (for Open Water dives at a different location PADI Log book purchase required - $20)
  • Access to our pool practice sessions (equipment included) any Tuesday evening, all year long (advanced registration required + extra charge)
  • Open Water Certification dives are extra.

PADI Open Water Diver Log and Training Record (available in store) - $20

Students are responsible for providing their own mask, snorkel and fins. Oakville Divers has a large selection of snorkeling and scuba gear and can help you select the most appropriate equipment for your needs. 

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. 

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. We start the first session with a swim test. Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want. Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

All student divers complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive. Download the scuba medical questionnaire.


** Our course is designed for ages 12+. If you have an 11 year old interested, please contact the shop before purchasing **

This is not a physical item. You will receive a code via email within 24 hours to logon to the PADI eLearning system.   

** Please note:   all course fees are non-refundable. Please read all details carefully, as we will not give refunds for not understanding the program format. Please check medical requirements below. Should you need to cancel, you may change to another date, or a store credit will be given if code has NOT yet been redeemed.  ** While we will try to accommodate date changes if something unexpected interferes with your ability to participate in the registered session, please note, that our program sessions are scheduled in a continual format and as such, we cannot allow people to pick and choose dates outside of our specific scheduled session format. We will do our best to get you booked into another date, but more than one date change will incur a fee.

NOTE: You have 1 year to complete your Open Water dives after your class and in water training. If it has been longer than a year, you will need to complete a refresher course before you can do the open water certification dives.

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Oakville Divers

For Over 30 Years

Oakville Divers has been operating as a full time scuba shop and PADI scuba diving school for over 25 years. Our goal is to provide a scuba experience of unprecedented quality and service, along with arming diver’s with knowledge and safety. Our scuba students are some of the best trained divers in the industry, as well as the most comfortable and secure divers in Canada.



I got scuba lessons for my nephew for his birthday, and we just completed our open water (certification) dive yesterday. Fantastic experience. The classes were great, and the in-pool sessions helpful for practice - but the thing that impressed me most was the people and the sense of community.

Rob and the team are great people who teach and help. I think this sport can be gear-snobish and technical - but they were so down to earth, friendly and willing to go the extra mile to make sure you learn and have a good experience.

Would definitely recommend to anyone. It was a great activity for us to do together, and we'll be back for more dives!

Scott Russell Dempster
Oakville, Ontario

Great experience learning how to dive. Robert is a great instructor. I love anything about being underwater. I would recommend it for anyone interested.

David Morrison
Oakville, Ontario

My wife and I obtained our Open Water certification last summer / fall with Rob and his team. They were uniformly patient, supportive and capable instructors. As we are currently preparing for our first dive vacation, the staff at Oakville Divers have continued to offer support, advice and assistance. We have attended the "drop in" practice pool sessions and the dive masters are always prepared to provide gentle reminders and guidance. Highly recommended!!

Andrew Werbowski
Oakville, ON Canada

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