PADI Open Water Diver Course

Scuba diving courses in Nanaimo 

  • Learn to dive in just one week!  

  • Our Instructors are PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers

  • We have 9 PADI Dive masters

  • Our staff is excited to teach new divers

  • New divers are excited to explore our amazing underwater world

Why Us?

This is where it all begins.  The Adventure of Scuba Diving.

Study at your own pace at home before joining us for three evenings of classroom and pool sessions approximately 6.5 total hours of pool sessions.

Then it’s two ocean dives on Saturday and two more ocean dives on Sunday to complete your open water diver training.  Now as a certified scuba diver, you’re ready to dive just about anywhere in the world.

Join our buddy list and get out and get wet on one or our weekly drop in dives.  Join us and become a PADI Open Water Diver!

* Enjoy one free complete rental after the completion of your course (wetsuit package value $45.00, drysuit package value $85.00)!  

What You’ll Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (Online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

You may be able to Get College CreditThe British Columbia Ministry of Education (External Credentials Program for Industrial and Occupational Courses) has approved these courses for school credit: PADI Open Water Diver course (2 credits), PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course (4 credits) and PADI Rescue Diver (4 credits). Grade 10, 11 and 12 students simply present their PADI certification cards to the school administration to apply for credit. for the Open Water Diver course.

How To Start Today

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

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A Review from an Open Water Student:

“The reason I went to SOS was because I was referred here from a friend and he said amazing things about them and he was right!  The course was amazing.  Top notch instructors, and when it came time to do our ocean dives, we had more than enough dive masters along with us to make sure everyone was comfortable, safe and had a great time.   Since then I have bought all my gear through them and they were very informative and took the time to explain all my options and the positives and negatives of each piece of equipment.”  Matt I


PADI Course Materials – 3 ways to learn

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PADI’s traditional study materialsbooks. Our most popular format.

When you come in to sign up, pick up your PADI open water kit which contains your open water manual, your electronic dive table and your log book along with a few other items. 
Take home your open water kit and the fun begins.  PADI makes learning easy and fun.  All you have to do is complete your book work before the first night of the course.  Questions?  We’re only a phone call away.

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Computer Based Learning Options


PADI eLearning

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PADI e-learning option start your Open Water Diver course today online with your computer or laptop.

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PADI Touch eLearning

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PADI e-learning now available on your iPad or android tablet

Download your Open Water Diver course and study off line anywhere, anytime.

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Course Prices

  • Open Water Diver Course with Drysuit Option includes all books and rental gear.  $495.00/person.

  • Open Water Diver Course with Wetsuit Option includes all books and rental gear.  $425.00/person.

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