The PADI Scuba Diver course.
Is a subset of the Open Water
Diver course. PADI Scuba Divers are trained to dive under the
direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor
or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet. PADI
Scuba Divers have more theoretical background and better
developed water skills than Discover Scuba Diving participants,
however, they are not qualified for independent diving.
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, within the limits of their training and experience.
• Obtain air fills, scuba equipment and other services.
• Plan, conduct and log open water no stop (nodecompression) dives
when properly equipped and when accompanied by a buddy in conditions with which they have training and/or experience.
• Continue their dive training with a specialty dive (Adventure Dive), in the PADI Adventures in Diving program or in PADI Specialty courses.
IANTD Open Water Diver / Open Water Nitrox Diver
This program is designed to provide lay people with the knowledge required for diving basic Nitrox, or diving in general. You can earn this by completing pool dives, knowledge development sessions and by making open water (ocean or lake) dives. The program certifies divers to use , Nitrox or Basic Open Circuit Diving equipment to 70 fsw (21 msw). You will learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques.
SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course
This entry-level certification course is designed to give students the necessary skills to safely conduct open water dives in conditions similar to their training without the direct supervision of an instructor.