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Short on time and have the urge to become a certified diver? The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you. This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. Particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive guide or if you have limited time to devote to scuba certification, consider becoming a PADI Scuba Diver. This certification allows for dive experience and is a good warm-up for the Open Water Diver course if that's your ultimate goal.

PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision
  • Continue their dive training and complete PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses such as Project AWARE and equipment specialty courses

The Fun Part

The Scuba Diver certification opens the door on the underwater world for anyone who's thought that a course would take too long or be too difficult. Upgrade to Open Water Diver whenever you want! With less time than the Scuba Diver course takes, you can make the jump to Open Water Diver certification and start scuba diving independently whenever time allows or you're up for more. This course is perfect for the person that has no time and is about to head away on a holiday where the dive will be guided by a Divemaster.

What You Learn

All the basics of scuba diving through knowledge development, a set of scuba skills in the pool that you'll use again during open water dives, and an appreciation for the underwater world that will keep you coming back for more bottom time every chance you get! During the course, you'll cover material and practice skills related to topics such as:

  • Buoyancy skills including comfortable ascents and descents, and breathing underwater.
  • Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy diving techniques.
  • Diving environments and aquatic life you're likely to encounter.
  • Preventing common problems underwater.

The Scuba Gear You Use

Midland Dive provides all equipment needed for your Open Water Diving course, except mask, fins, snorkel, and booties. 

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Scuba Diver - book and video on DVD package or a multimedia DVD. PADI's Scuba Diver materials provide a comprehensive overview of basic scuba diving skills, terminology, and safety procedures. For each concept, you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Once you're a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures.

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact MIDLAND DIVE ASSOCIATION.


To take this course, you must be:

  • 15 years old (or 12 years old for Junior Scuba Diver certification).

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the MIDLAND DIVE ASSOCIATION Team members.

PADI Open Water Diver course

Learn to Scuba Dive – PADI Certification for Open Water Divers
Get Certified in as little as 2 weekends 

If you’ve always wondered what lies beneath the surface, now’s the time to find out. Start the journey of a lifetime with the PADI Open Water Diver course. It will change you forever.

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, your PADI Instructor takes you through the basics of learning how to scuba dive. You start in a pool or pool-like conditions and progress to the open water (ocean, lake, quarry, etc.) getting the background knowledge along the way.

PADI Open Water Diver

Who Should Attend: 

Individuals who want to receive a certification card to go recreational scuba diving. This program is designed to get you, your family, and friends into the water as quickly as possible. 

What Qualifications Do I Need to Start:

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. If you are between the ages of 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available. Children participating in the PADI Junior Open Water Diver program will attend the same class as the PADI Open Water Diver program. 

Please download the PADI Medical Form. If you answer "YES" to any of the questions, you will need a physician's signature to begin the course.

What Diving Equipment will I Need:

Midland Dive provides all equipment needed for your Open Water Diving course, except mask, fins, snorkel and booties. 

Gear need for the class, please call the shop for more details


Course Outline

Study at home: 

Midland Dive's certification programs utilize a dynamic Independent Home-Study system with regularly or individually scheduled academic review and pool sessions. This allows you to learn when you are ready to learn and makes the in-class review sessions much more effective and fun. You’ll develop your skills confidently, safely, and feeling totally at ease with our self-paced style of skill development. Your student kit contains text book,  DVD Video, Log book and digital access to dive computer simulation. 

Study online:

Midland Dive's E-learning program utilizes a dynamic Independent online learning system through PADI. This allows you to learn at your own pace at home with only one in classroom review and gear fitting. You’ll develop your skills confidently, safely, and feeling totally at ease with our self-paced style of skill development. Your student kit contains e-learning access and a logbook. 

Open Water Certification Dives: 

The Scuba Ranch (Saturday and Sunday shore dives). Upon completion of your 4 open water dives, you will receive your Open Water certification card. If you’ve already planned a trip to do your Open Water certification dives we can provide referrals to PADI dive centers all over the world! A PADI Instructor will be ready there to complete your Open Water certification. 

Private/Semi-Private Courses Available: 

Does your schedule not work with our listed schedule? No problem, enroll in our popular private scuba program. Our private scuba services are available for you or your group, please contact the shop to schedule. Private Class session need at least 2 weeks notice to schedule private classes.


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