If you’ve always wanted to take Scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS.

PADI Open Water Diver course “OWD” is the first Scuba diving certificate for beginners and non-divers

OWD the most popular scuba programme in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of amazing underwater experiences and your first step into a whole new, brightly-coloured world full of beautiful marine creatures and happy people! Why not learn to dive in Qatar with a dive center that combines professionalism and fun so you can relax and enjoy the course, knowing you are in good hands

By the end of the course, you will earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification that is internationally recognised worldwide. Your international PADI OWD certificate allows you to dive anywhere in the world, to a maximum depth of 18 metres. The PADI Open Water Dive Course normally takes four days to complete

  • Be at least 10 years old 
  • Be comfort in water with acceptable swimming skills
  • Medically fit to dive, for safety, all PADI Open Water Diver course participants must complete a brief medical prior to commencing the dive. If none of the listed conditions apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of them apply to you, as a safety precaution, a physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive, dated within the last 12 months. Click here to view the form
  • Be ready for FUN 🙂 

The Open Water Diver course consist of three steps which can be completed in 4 days

Course StepsWhatWhereWhenTime
Theory1 Classroom Session, Quiz & ExamPDC ClassroomSunday, Monday or TuesdayMorning or Afternoon
Approximately 3-4 hours
Confined Dives5 Swimming Pool DivesHilton Doha Hotel
** or other pool location
WednesdayNoon
Approximately 3-4 hours
Open Water Dives4 Sea DivesSealine BeachFriday & Saturday Morning
Approximately 5 hours

For more details of each part, please read the Outline

COURSE STRUCTURE AND SCHEDULE

THE COURSE IS DIVIDED INTO 3 PARTS

PADI Open Water Diver course consists of Theory Session, 5 Confined & Practical Session (Pool) and 4 Open Water Dives (Sea). These steps are performance based.

After completion of the theory and confined practical steps, you will dive in an open water environment (sea) to complete the open water course.

The course can be completed in just one week 

THEORY LESSON (CLASSROOM)
Learn Buoyancy and Pressure Concepts, Equipment Usage, Hand Signals and more!

View theory and knowledge topics below 

Session(s) timing: 1 day (3-4 hours)

Any day (Sunday , Monday or  Tuesday)

Morning :   10:00 or Afternoon: 17:00

CONFINED & PRACTICAL SKILLS
Learn Equipment Assembly and Familiarization, Breathing Underwater, Buoyancy Control and more!!

View confined & practical pool training skills below

Session timing: 1 day (3-4 hours)

Wednesday, 5 confined dives, noon time at Hilton Doha Hotel swimming pool or other pool “to be confirmed at the time of registration”

OPEN WATER DIVES (SEA)
Practice the learned diving skills and enjoy the underwater marine life!!

View training dives during the open water dives (sea) below

Sessions timing2 days (5 hours each)

Friday, 2 sea dives, morning

Saturday, 2 sea dives, morning

Location: Sealine beach or other location “to be confirmed at the time of registration”

THEORY & KNOWLEDGE

When you enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course, a rich and informative manual and DVD will be given to you.

The manual allows you to preview into the course while you do the independent study and it serves as a livelong reference after you have completed the course.

 

In the 5 chapters of PADI Open Water Diver manual, each ends with a knowledge review and they are to be completed as independent study.

Your Knowledge review answers will be discussed with PDC’s instructor to assess your understanding to the manual contents and revisit the diving table.

By the end of the theory session, you will attend a written exam which you need to pass to start the second step of the course “Confined & Practical Skills)

 

PADI Open Water Diver manual is one of the most fun and exciting manual you will ever read coupled with your enthusiasm to explore the underwater world. However, it’s still a course, and that means it involves some reading and learning.
The theory lesson will review yourself study understanding and knowledge review answers and will be concluded after one simple exam of 50 straightforward multiple choice questions.

CONFINED AND PRACTICAL SKILLS (POOL)

The excitement will accelerate at the confined water training section, the first time you will be experiencing breathing and staying underwater. The instructor(s) and professional assistant will prepare all necessary equipment and be there throughout the training section to ensure you learn and master all the practical skills.

 

PADI Open Water Diver manual describes all the practical skills that you will learn during the course. Using the manual you could visualize (mentally performing) those skills, it will greatly aid your learning and hence you will dig up all the fun during course.
Usually, it begins with water skills assessment – 300m swim with mask, snorkel and fins and 10min float on the water surface. The instructor(s) and/or professional assistant(s) will introduce all skills by

1. Description,

2. Demonstration and

3. Practice, every now and then the instructor(s) and/or professional assistant(s) will debrief and discuss with you regarding the skills.

By the end of the confined & practical skills sessions, you will get to learn

Skill
Equipment Management

Assembly and adjustment

Inflate/deflate of the BCD

Predive check and buddy check

Locate, read and communicate the air supply while underwater

Manage a leaking low-pressure inflator

Proper weighting adjustment

Remove, replace and secure the Scuba unit underwater

Remove, replace and secure weight belt or weight system underwater

Oral inflate your BCD

Entry and Exit

Water entry

Proper Descent

Proper Ascent

Maintain control of direction and depth, equalize the ears and mask

Surface Skill

Remove weights using quick release mechanism

Remove weights, Scuba unit and fins, and exit water

Remove, replace, and secure the Scuba unit and weights

Cramp removal technique for self and buddy

Clear the snorkel and resume breathing

Exchange snorkel for regulator and regulator for snorkel repeatedly

Swim while wearing Scuba and breathing through the snorkel

Tired diver tow

Breathing and Air Management

Breathing habits, natural and never hold the breath

Clear the regulator while underwater

Recover the regulator while underwater

Air depletion exercise and share air from an alternate air

Breathe from the free-flowing regulator

Simulate a controlled emergency swimming ascent

Mask

Clear partially and fully flooded mask

Remove, replace and clear the mask of water

No mask breathe and swim

Buoyancy and Moving Underwater

Establish neutral buoyancy by pivoting on the fin

Swim underwater while maintaining neutral buoyancy

Using buoyancy control hover without kicking or sculling

Practical Review

Standard hand signals

OPEN WATER DIVES (SEA)

All the preparation, all the effort were to get ready for the big day, for your first descend into the blue water, your first natural encounter with fascinating aquatic animals. The experience is simply amazing accompanying by the breathtaking marine life

By the end of the open water dives, you will get to do

Dive 1

Dive briefing and planning discussion.

Dive equipment setup with dive buddy.

Water entry as practiced during the pool practical training.

Buoyancy check – Lead weight estimation.
Controlled descend using the descent line.

Underwater exploration, aquatic life observation.

Cramp release exercise for self and buddy.

Controlled ascend.

Exit the water to dive boat, sequentially remove weight then fins.

Dive 2

Dive briefing and planning discussion.

Dive equipment setup with dive buddy.

Buddy predive safety check – BWRAF.

Water entry as practiced during the pool practical training.

Controlled descend with descent line as a reference.

Neutral buoyancy (Fin Pivot).

Clearing a partially and fully flooded mask.

Regulator Recovery (Sweep and Reach methods).

Out of Air management.

Oral inflation at the surface.

Underwater exploration, aquatic life interaction.

Controlled emergency swimming ascent.

Tired buddy tow on the surface with Scuba equipment.

Establish buoyancy by removing weights using the quick release.

Exit the water to dive boat, sequentially remove weight then fins.

Dive 3

Dive briefing and planning discussion.

Dive equipment setup with dive buddy.

Buddy predive safety check – BWRAF.

Water entry as practiced during the pool practical training.

Remove and replace the Scuba and weight system at the surface.

Controlled descend.

Neutral buoyancy (Fin Pivot) by inflating the BCD with oral inflation.

Underwater exploration, aquatic life interaction.

Controlled ascend.

Perform a 50 metres surface snorkel swim in a straight line.

Perform a navigation swim with a compass underwater in a straight line.

Exit the water to dive boat, sequentially remove weight then fins.

Dive 4

Dive briefing and planning discussion.

Dive equipment setup with dive buddy.

Buddy predive safety check – BWRAF.

Water entry as practiced during the pool practical training.

Controlled descend.

Buoyancy control and hover underwater.

Mask remove and replacement while underwater.

Underwater exploration, aquatic life interaction.

Feeding fish

Controlled ascend.

Exit the water to dive boat, sequentially remove weight then fins.

DO I HAVE TO BE A GREAT SWIMMER TO ENROLL FOR A COURSE?

No. All you need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water.  The swimming requirement for certification is an easy 200 meter nonstop swim (with no time limit or specific stroke requirement) and 10 minute tread/float.

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ENROLL IN THE COURSE?

The minimum age is 10 years old, Student divers who are younger than 15 years earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15 years old. Children under the age of 15 require parent or guardian permission to register for the Open Water Diver course.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE CERTIFIED AN OPEN WATER DIVER?

The biggest challenge is the self-study, which can take a couple of days to couple of weeks, depending on how free you can be to complete the diving manual and answer all knowledge reviews. However, the course is counted when the participant attends the theory session after completion of the manual. Basically it is one day (3 hours) theory session and written exam, then 1 day (3-4 hours) confined and practical skills in swimming pool, then 2 days (4 hours each) open water dives in the sea in a total of 4 – 5 days you can complete the entire course and become certified PADI Open Water Diver.

WHAT SET OF EQUIPMENT/GEAR I NEED TO HAVE BEFORE THE PRACTICAL DIVES?

We will provide you with the required equipment for the course practical such as regulator set, BCD “Jacket” , Air Cylinders and weights. However you’ll need to have soft gear which can be either purchased or rented from our dive center such as wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins and boots. For hygienic purposes many choose to purchase their own personal gear specially they are becoming certified divers and will intend to use these gear regularly. Our instructor(s) will guide you while choosing your gear from a large variety of brands or options we have in Poseidon Dive Center that suit you.

IF I WEAR CONTACT LENSES OR GLASSES, CAN I STILL SCUBA DIVE?

Yes, you can wear soft contact lenses while diving and as an additional option we have masks that can have prescription lenses.

IF I AM NOT TOO SURE I WANT TO DO THE COURSE BUT WANT TO TRY IT, WHAT DO YOU ADVISE?

The best solution, if you are not too sure yet to become a certified diver, is to try scuba diving once. Try Diving and Discover Scuba Diving gives you the change to experience the underwater world under the supervision of PDC’s instructors and you can take it from there, if you like it, then this will excite you to become a certified diver.

IS IT HARD TO LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE?

Not at all, in fact, it’s probably easier than you imagine – especially if you’re already comfortable in the water. PADI’s entry-level diver course is split into knowledge development, confined water (pool) skill training and four Scuba training dives.  The course is “performance-based,” which means that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.

WHY DO I HAVE TO GET CERTIFIED TO DIVE?

In the Scuba class, you will learn how to dive safely and correctly. Your PADI Scuba certification card is proof that you have taken and passed the Scuba course. No reputable Dive Shop or PADI instructor will rent you gear, fill your tank, or let you dive at their facilities unless you are a certified Scuba diver.

HOW DEEP CAN I DIVE AFTER BECOMING A CERTIFIED OPEN WATER DIVER?

The maximum depth for Open Water Diver is 18 meter and for Junior Open Water Diver 12 meter.

CAN MY KIDS, WIFE, HUSBAND OR PARTNER ENROLL FOR THE COURSE WITH ME?

It is more fun to dive with a family member or partner. Scuba diving is a family affair and amazing activity for family to experience during their holidays or weekends. If your kid(s) 10 years old or above, then it is highly recommended to experience this kind of activity as a family.

IS SCUBA DIVING DANGEROUS?

Not really.  Statistics show that recreational Scuba diving is about as safe as swimming.  certainly, there are potential hazards – which is why you need training and certification – but like driving a car, as long as you follow the rules and use common sense, it’s pretty safe. To put it in perspective, the drive in your car to go diving is more dangerous than the diving.

WILL THE FISH BOTHER ME?

Most fish are afraid from divers or will ignore them. It is very exciting to see fish around you. The larger the better. The best place to see fish is near wrecks and reefs. Some fish will let you get close to them but will stay out of your reach, other fish are curious and will follow you around.

WHAT'S IN A SCUBA TANK? OXYGEN?

Recreational divers breathe air, not pure oxygen. It’s filtered to remove impurities, but otherwise, it is air like you’re breathing now.

MY EARS HURT WHEN I DIVE TO THE BOTTOM OF A POOL. WON'T THEY HURT WHEN I SCUBA DIVE?

Your ears hurt because water pressure pushes in on your ear drum.  In your Scuba course, our instructor(s) will demonstrate and teach you a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane, and they won’t hurt at all.

I DID SCUBA DIVING AT A RESORT ON A VACATION A FEW YEARS AGO. DOES THIS MEAN I'M SCUBA CERTIFIED?

Some vacation resorts offer discover Scuba diving or trial dives but these are not certification programs. If you did not complete the classroom work, exams, practical pool skills sessions, four open water dives and receive your certification card, you are not certified!

DO I HAVE TO MEET ANY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS OR CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE I CAN PARTICIPATE IN A SCUBA CLASS?

No. Generally speaking, anyone in average good health and at least as a precaution, you’ll be asked to complete a routine medical questionnaire. If anything on the questionnaire indicates anything to be cautious about, you will be required check with your physician to make sure it’s OK for you to dive. You can download the medical statement for self-medical assessment (medical statement)

DOES THE CERTIFICATE EXPIRES OR HAS TO BE RENEWED?

No, the Open Water Diver Certificate does not have expiry date nor need to be renewed, however, you will need to keep diving very often to build up experience in diving and not to forget what you have learned during your course.

IN THE MOVIES AND ON TV, DIVERS ARE ALWAYS RUNNING INTO SHARKS OR EELS. ARE MARINE ANIMALS REALLY MUCH OF A CONCERN?

Virtually all aquatic animals are passive and timid. There are a few that can bite or sting defensively, but you can avoid these by watching where you put your hands and feet, and by not touching things that you don’t recognize. Divers aren’t natural prey for sharks, so shark attacks are very rare.

IS SCUBA DIVING EXPENSIVE?

Not really. Like any hobby or recreation, you can invest a lot or a little, depending on your interest level. Scuba equipment can be rented, until you’re ready to buy.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER I GET CERTIFIED?

After getting your certificate, you can always join Poseidon Dive Center dive club and have many privileges by becoming a member such as free dives for more information about our dive club CLICK HERE or simply book and join our usual weekends dives for fun under our supervision and guidance by PDC’s crew,

Or you can continue your Scuba diving education by enrolling directly for Advanced Open Water Course to get more experience, fun and learn new adventure dives and skills such as underwater navigation, wreck diving and many more.

DO YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have any other question. Please feel free to call us at (974) 6608 4040, or email us at info@pdcqatar.com and we will get back to you ASAP.

Standard course QAR 2,000 With theory classroom knowledge method Book Online
eLearning option practical course QAR 1,600 For eLearning registration CLICK HERE Book Online
VIP course QAR 3,000 Different sessions dates that suits you Book Online
Private course QAR 5,000 Totally private course (one to one) Book Online

Includes

 PADI diving Crewpak (Open Water Diver Course manual and DVD) for non eLearning courses
 Diving gear will be used during the entire course (BCD, Regulator set, weight belt and weights and air cylinders)
 Certification fee and PADI Open Water Diver Certificate Card & Wall Certificate.
 Covered by our professional diving insurance
 Soft drinks during the Open Water Dives (sea)
 Underwater photography during the course

Excludes 

 Basic gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins and boots) can be rented for extra fees.
Transportation To and from the dive site (can be arranged for extra fees).
Towel and breakfast.
Fish feeding experience  (Optional at extra fee).

ELEARNING OPTION

PADI’s eLearning scuba program the most convenient way to start immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning® system, without attending classroom sessions and knowledge review discussion.

This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

PADI eLearning lets you:

PADI’s eLearning scuba program the most convenient way to start immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning® system, without attending classroom sessions and knowledge review discussion. This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

How does it work:

After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning® system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.

What else is required to complete the course?
Prior to certification as a PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll visit Poseidon Dive Center Qatar to complete your training.

You’ll take a short eLearning Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course, and you must successfully complete five confined water dives and four open water training dives with one of our Instructors.

You learn and master each of the required skills in confined water (swimming pool-like conditions) first before moving on and showing your instructor that you can comfortably repeat those skills in open water.

As a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be a certified entry-level diver able to rent dive gear, get air fills and dive anywhere in the world in better or similar conditions to those you’ve trained in.

By completing knowledge development online, you will receive an official acknowledgement from PADI by email confirming the completion of your theory portion, which means you’re ready to register for the remaining portion of the course (Confined & Practical Skills –pool) and (Open Water Dives – sea) and start having fun in the water.

PADI eLearning fee is payable directly to PADI currently GPB 128.55 through their website registration and this is not included in the Poseidon Dive Center’s course price for the eLearning option

To register for PADI eLearning and link your course with PDC CLICK HERE

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