PADI Open Water Diver

PADI Open Water Diver

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. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
- Portofinodivers team

Diving in Portofino © Paolo Fossati

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 12 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.

As a PADI Open Water Diver you'll be able to:

Dive with other certified divers to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet.

Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities around the world.

The Open Water Diver PADI course takes a minimum of 4 half-days including :

  • Knowledge Development
    PADI Open Water Diver manual digital version: independent study to learn basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives
    5 Dives to learn basic scuba skills from either a beach or a pool
  • Open Water Dives
    4 experience dives from either the boat or shore to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

You can get started immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the innovative interactive system PADI eLearning®.

Our experience shows that the digital versions of the manual are preferable because they allow the student:

  • to start to study at home at his own pace;
  • to optimize the time with the instructor;
  • to dedicate more time to in-water practice;
  • freeing up valuable pleasure time during the stay.

If you only have two days for training but you really want to become a certified diver, the PADI Scuba Diver course is right for you !

Rates per person. All-inclusive.

Instruction, shore and boat dives, equipment rental, digital training material, certification fee

PADI Open Water Diver


  • one-to-one training €890
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Our PADI courses are generally held upon request on dates to be agreed with the student. You can also participate in scheduled events listed in our course calendar.

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