Become a PADI Open Water diver and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to support The Seahorse Project                      

By coming to L'Escala to take your scuba dive training you will see what the underwater world of the Costa Brava has to offer and help seahorses.

Learn to scuba diveWhat is the Open Water course?

The Open Water course is the basic scuba diving certification course taught by all certification agencies. There are small differences in course content between agencies, but they all cover the same basic skills and knowledge you will need to know as an independent diver.

Who can enroll?

Anyone who is in good health, with no major health problems, and able to swim 200 meters.

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What does the course qualify you to do?

When you're certified as an Open Water diver you'll be able to dive to 60 feet /18 meters (40 feet /12 meters for 10-12 year olds) whenever you're accompanied by a fellow of the same or higher certification level (the other diver must be 18 or older for Junior Open Water divers). You don't have to be accompanied by a Divemaster or Instructor, but can be if you'd prefer. You're also eligible to do the Advanced Open Water course and many specialties.

How long does the course take?

The course is usually taught over 5 to 6 days. 

What do I have to do to complete the course?
Knowledge Development

You will be able to study the theory on-line via PADI's E-Learning, independently, in your own time, and then review your learning with the assistance of your instructor. You will learn the basics of diving techniques, how diving affects your body, diving safety, equipment selection and maintenance, dive planning, and preview the skills you'll learn in the water. There will be a test at the end but if you've studied your material you should have no problems passing.

PADI Open Water courseConfined Water Training

Your confined water training will be conducted in a swimming pool or swimming pool like environment, such as a calm beach. Beginning in water shallow enough to stand up in you'll learn all the basic skills you'll need to confidently and safely enjoy scuba diving. As you gain confidence you'll gradually move into deeper water and learn some more advanced skills and safety drills.

Open Water Training

This is what it's all about - open water diving. Over four or more dives you'll practice all the skills you've already mastered in confined water out in open water, which means the open ocean or another large body of water that is used for diving. You'll practice the skills with your instructor until you're completely confident and can perform them with ease in a real diving situation.