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FAQs - What is the difference between PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver certifications?

The PADI scuba diver course is a subcourse within the Open Water Diver course. It opens diving to those individuals with time constraints, and those interested in diving in groups and tours guided by a certified dive master, assistant instructor, or instructor. PADI Scuba Divers may upgrade to PADI Open Water Divers by completing the knowledge development sessions and required confined and open water dives.

PADI Open Water Divers are qualified to dive with a buddy independent of supervision, while applying the knowledge and skills they learn in this course, and within the limits of their training and experience. They may obtain air fills, plan, conduct and log open water no-stop dives, and continue their dive training in the PADI Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water or other specialty courses.

How long does it take to get Open Water Diver certification?

It all depends on you. Manta Divers offers "custom diving instruction." This means that we will teach at the pace that fits best into your schedule and allows you to learn most effectively. The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 5 knowledge development (book, video and classroom learning) sessions, five confined water (pool) dives and four open water dives. Student divers can move through these sessions as fast or as slow as they want.

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