Get your PADI scuba certification. 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 will start your scuba learning online and then you will continue your education with Amorgos Diving. You will have 9 dives to perform over 4-5 days depending on your schedule. The 5 dives are usually done in a pool and then you will have 4 dives in a diving spot. In the end, you will have a small exam to perform what you have learned and you will be able to obtain your certification. As soon as you are a certified diver you will be able to dive in a depth of 18 meters!
What will you learn?
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge Development (online, home study, or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course, you must be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires an extra registration step for students under 13 years due to international internet laws).
The Fun Part
The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
What Scuba Gear will you use?
All the equipment you will need is included. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating jacket that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. You might also wear a scuba wetsuit or a weight system depending on weather conditions and water temperatures.
The Learning Materials you will use
PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also choose a book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.
PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept, you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.
Where will you be diving?
You will need to complete 9 dives overall where the 5 are in a pool or in a shallow shore, and the floor in a diving site. Upon agreement with your instructor and depending on your performance, you may do fewer dives in the pool and more ashore. The dive spots below are specifically chosen for beginner divers.
Aegiali Bay - A beautiful sandy beach is ideal for beginner divers. You will dive from shore. The warm waters will make you feel relaxed as if you were in a swimming pool. The turquoise color and the perfect visibility give you the sensation of diving in tropical waters. It offers a broad range of different marine life such as scorpionfish, hermit crabs, John Dorys, Octopi, rainbow wrasse, bream and Triggerfish. The waves create beautiful patterns on the sand bed and here you most probably spot several Flounder fish, hermit crabs and starfish. The maximum depth is 6 meters.
Agios Pavlos - Named the “Caribbean Finger” due to its shape and it not only one of the most loved beaches on the island but also a great place for you! Nikouria Island is just in front, creating a barrier from winds and currents which makes the conditions underwater excellent for inexperienced divers.
You will enter from the shore, the shallow part of the bay is mainly sand. Here the diver will have the possibility to familiarise with the diving equipment and the new world they just entered. The seabed is not flat but made out of skirts that lower and rise up in different levels, still staying within shallow depth. It mainly consists out of the sand and the beautiful Neptune grass (Posidonia Oceana), creating a very interesting landscape. Here you can usually spot cuttlefish swimming along with their whole family, in size order, diverse smaller and very curious fishes like rainbow wrasse. The floor is dotted with very large black sponges and other treasures like mermaid cups and octopus gardens.
Nikouria Caverns - A little pearl amongst the dive sites and probably the most popular one! The location is an open cavern which gives the possibility for divers of all levels to enjoy the beauty of it. When inside you will experience a true color explosion. The walls are completely covered with bright purple, red and yellow sponges, diverse corals, micro marine life and large spiral worms. On the bottom, you will find a swim through to spot lobsters hiding in the wall and bigger scorpionfish. The cavern’s shape creates a spectacular landscape towards the blueness of the open sea. It is usually surrounded by bigger schools of Damselfish and bream. The large quantity of Neptune grass around the dive sites indicates how clean the waters are as that specific seagrass grows only where the surrounding is unpolluted.