Open Water Certification

Get SCUBA certified with our pro instructors & start exploring the underwater world.

Starter
Certification
with shore dives
$945
$695
(includes PADI eLearning)
Most Popular
Certification
with boat dives
$1,245
$995
(includes PADI eLearning)
Best Value
Certification
with boat dives
& new dive gear
$2,700
$1,995
(includes PADI eLearning)

overview

If you've always wanted to learn to dive, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions have learned to dive with this course, and most dive shops around the world recognize this certification for equipment rentals and dive charters. Experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves.

prerequisites

  • 10 years old, and in reasonable physical health.
  • Completed PADI Medical Statement.
  • Ability to swim and float unassisted in the ocean.
  • Understand and speak English (for safety reasons).

Note: 10-14 year old divers receive a Junior Open Water certification.

the course

Part One: PADI eLearning

PADI's eLearning usually takes students around a week to complete. This easy web course covers the mechanics of diving, skills, safety practices, dive equipment, & more. We prefer this electronic option to the traditional book as it is more interactive & thorough.

Note: please do not purchase PADI eLearning in advance! Once you sign up we'll email you a link to access your web course.

Part Two: Confined Water Dives

Your first SCUBA dives will take place in a pool, where we'll cover all the basic skills necessary to operate SCUBA equipment safely. There are five dive sessions in the pool & X# skills that you'll master before getting in the ocean.

Part Three: Open Water Dives

After you have mastered the skills in confined water, it’s time to take your skills to the open ocean! You have the choice to complete your open-water dives from shore, or you can upgrade & complete the dives from one of our dive boats.

Open water dive one introduces you to the skills you'll use on all dives, to the experience of exploring underwater, and to the differences between confined water and open water. Open water dive two expands on this, plus you'll practice some of the skills you mastered in the pool.

Open water dives three and four are checkout dives, where you'll have the opportunity to review any skills with your instructor.

Once completing these four dives, you're officially certified! Your certification is good for life, is accepted world-wide, and allows you to move on to more advanced dive training.

the equipment

In the Open Water Diver course, you'll learn how to use basic SCUBA gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, & a tank. Our course includes all necessary equipment. You'll dive high-quality Aqualung SCUBA gear from our rental inventory. Or you may choose to upgrade your course & include brand-new dive equipment at a special discounted price.

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Manta Ray Night Dive

What a truly amazing experience!! Nearly an hour of down time with dozens of large mantas putting on an incredible show. Jenna, and Captain Kevin made it a pleasant and safe trip. This is a must do while staying on the Big Island.

RichGiff on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:32:39-10:00

RichGiff on TripAdvisor

What a truly amazing experience!! Nearly an hour of down time with dozens of large mantas putting on an incredible show. Jenna, and Captain Kevin made it a pleasant and safe trip. This is a must do while staying on the Big Island.

One of the Top 10 Dives in the World!

Believe It, it really is one of the most phenomenal dives we have ever done! Laying on our stomachs on the ocean floor around the "campfire" was unforgettable as the beautifully graceful Manta Rays soared directly above our heads, over and over. They performed ballet moves with each other, sometimes as many as 4 at a time feeding on the plankton.

Susan R on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:33:00-10:00

Susan R on TripAdvisor

Believe It, it really is one of the most phenomenal dives we have ever done! Laying on our stomachs on the ocean floor around the "campfire" was unforgettable as the beautifully graceful Manta Rays soared directly above our heads, over and over. They performed ballet moves with each other, sometimes as many as 4 at a time feeding on the plankton.

Excellent

We have been diving the BID on multiple dives over multiple trips and we keep coming back to them because of the high quality service that they provide. Definitely a step above the usual dive shops.

Dreamer6739 on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:37:50-10:00

Dreamer6739 on TripAdvisor

We have been diving the BID on multiple dives over multiple trips and we keep coming back to them because of the high quality service that they provide. Definitely a step above the usual dive shops.

Manta Night Dive Lives Up to the Hype

I recently went on the sunset reef dive & manta ray night dive. I was a little hesitant about my expectations because I heard so many great things and didn't want to be disappointed. Cannot say enough great things about the company, captain and DM - highly recommend and will dive with them again.

ulintza on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:38:42-10:00

ulintza on TripAdvisor

I recently went on the sunset reef dive & manta ray night dive. I was a little hesitant about my expectations because I heard so many great things and didn't want to be disappointed. Cannot say enough great things about the company, captain and DM - highly recommend and will dive with them again.

Excellent Staff

We had a great two tank dive with BID last week! Our dive master Amy was excellent all the way around and our captain Rob was not only a great captain but very knowledgeable about Hawaii and even served hot chocolate on the way back to the Marina.

bridgetsheahan on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:39:31-10:00

bridgetsheahan on TripAdvisor

We had a great two tank dive with BID last week! Our dive master Amy was excellent all the way around and our captain Rob was not only a great captain but very knowledgeable about Hawaii and even served hot chocolate on the way back to the Marina.

Incredible

It was so amazing that it made me feel like a kid again - this is coming from someone who has traveled a lot. I talked to other divers who described the Black Water Dive, and I wish I would have done that one instead of the twilight dive.

Steve9172

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:40:19-10:00

Steve9172

It was so amazing that it made me feel like a kid again - this is coming from someone who has traveled a lot. I talked to other divers who described the Black Water Dive, and I wish I would have done that one instead of the twilight dive.

Great Dive Experience

Great dive experience underwater and while on the boat. Experienced staff gave all of the direction and assistance needed but did not "over-guide" the trip as is often the case.

Compass0726 on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:40:52-10:00

Compass0726 on TripAdvisor

Great dive experience underwater and while on the boat. Experienced staff gave all of the direction and assistance needed but did not "over-guide" the trip as is often the case.

An Amazing Souvenir

I booked the night Manta Ray snorkeling tour. It was simply awesome. In addition of the amazing experience to observe the Manta rays in their natural environment, the crew was just perfect, always helpful and offers us a warm hospitality. I definitely recommend this tour.

tomlecube on TripAdvisor

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:41:47-10:00

tomlecube on TripAdvisor

I booked the night Manta Ray snorkeling tour. It was simply awesome. In addition of the amazing experience to observe the Manta rays in their natural environment, the crew was just perfect, always helpful and offers us a warm hospitality. I definitely recommend this tour.

Two Tank Dive

This is the dive shop to go with for great service and knowledgeable staff. I went out for a refresher dive since it had been 9 years since my last dive. Becca was great and by the end of the second dive I felt comfortable being back in the water.

BryonB690

Big Island Divers
5
2019-05-07T11:42:13-10:00

BryonB690

This is the dive shop to go with for great service and knowledgeable staff. I went out for a refresher dive since it had been 9 years since my last dive. Becca was great and by the end of the second dive I felt comfortable being back in the water.
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