The Open Water SCUBA Diver course (OWSD) is NAUI's entry-level SCUBA Diver certification course. It provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required to become a competent, confident, capable, and safe SCUBA Diver. Upon completion of this course, graduates will be considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the activities, areas, and conditions dived approximate those encountered during training.
This course is a 40 hour block of instruction and ISO Level 2 certification program.
The minimum age for this course is:
There are no previous certification prerequisites for this course.
The OWSD course will cover the science and application of SCUBA diving, and include hands-on skills development covering everything from physics, biology, equipment, planning, neutral buoyancy from the beginning, basic survival, self-rescue and buddy rescue skills, dive planning, navigation underwater, emergency procedures, communication, and much more.
Students will be taught using a back-plate and wing BC with technical long-hose equipment setup.
Students will be required to pass an initial class 3 swim test, consisting of:
The OWSD Course will require completion and successful passing of online academics, formal lectures, skin diving skills, equipment recovery, self-rescue skills, buddy-rescue skills, rescue of unconscious divers both underwater and on the surface, confined water SCUBA training, and a minimum of 5 open water dives.
Course graduates will receive a lifetime internationally recognized ISO Level 2 Recreational Open Water SCUBA diving certification from the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), and will be prepared to conduct open-water dives in waters and conditions proximate to those encountered during training. This is a restricted recreational SCUBA diver certification that limits divers to a maximum depth of 18m (60ft) within recreational limitations.
Course cost includes:
Does not include:
To enroll in this course, please download a copy of the Medical Questionnaire below, follow the instructions, and sign. Then fill out the OWSD Enrollment Form below. Please answer the questions in the form and send it, and we will get back to you as soon as able.
Please download this form (fillable PDF) and read the information and instructions carefully.
Fill in pages 1 and 2, and date and sign where indicated.
If you answer "yes" to any of the questions, DON'T WORRY! This may not mean you won't be able to train and get certified, but it does mean you will need to see your doctor (preferably a doctor familiar with dive medicine), and have them evaluate those answers.
Page 3 is for your doctor should you need to see one.
PLEASE FILL IN THE INFORMATION BELOW, AND A STAFF MEMBER WILL GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS ABLE TO DISCUSS COURSE DATES AND ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
*Please be sure to download and fill out the medical waiver on the course page. You can either fill it out and sign it digitally and include it in this email, or print it, fill it out and sign it, and bring it with you on your first day of the course.
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