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Open Water Diver


Open Water Diver Course

Your Journey

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Get Your PADI Scuba Certification


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 at Scuba Frisco 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. Your PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.




To enroll in the Open Water Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be 12 years old or older. Students aged 10 and 11 may be enrolled in a private class. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

How It Works


You will earn your Open Water Diver certification in 3 easy steps with self-study and just two weekends.

Student Scuba Divers Using PADI eLearning

Step 1 - eLearning


What You'll Do:

Develop your scuba diving knowledge using PADI's eLearning platform.

When & Where:

On your computer or mobile device when it's convenient for you and at your own pace.

It takes 8 to 15 hours in total. Complete before your scheduled pool training.

Step 1 Includes:

  • Open Water Diver eLearning course.

  • All knowledge development.

  • Introduction to equipment and skills.

  • Lifetime access to the Open Water Diver eLearning materials.

To Get Started on Step 1:

Stop by or call Scuba Frisco at 214-227-2494  to get started today!

Student Scuba Divers at Pool Training

Step 2 - Pool Training


What You'll Do:

Develop your core scuba diving skills and equipment handling techniques.

When & Where:

We have two pool schedules:

Evenings starting at 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Tuesday, or every other weekend Saturday and Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Our pool is located at our Carrollton location 2540 Marsh Lane suite 128.

Step 2 Includes:

  • Scuba equipment orientation.

  • Scuba skills development and practice.

  • Gear rental when you purchase your essential personal gear at Scuba Frisco.*

  • PADI Diver Logbook.

Student Scuba Divers at Open Water Dives

Step 3 - Open Water Dives


What You'll Do:

Apply your diving knowledge and skills while making four open-water dives.

When & Where:

The first Saturday and Sunday after you complete the confined water sessions from 8:15 AM-4:00 PM

at The Scuba Ranch in Terrell, Texas.

Exact class end times may vary due to class size, water conditions, and weather.

Step 3 Includes:

  • Four open water dives with your instructor.

  • Gear rental when you purchase your essential personal gear at Scuba Frisco.*

  • PADI Certification upon successful course completion.

Not Included in Step 3:

  • Scuba Ranch admission ($20/day)

  • Scuba Ranch air tank fills ($10/each)

  • Scuba Ranch wet suit rental ($40)

Course Pricing:

We have three course options: Basic, Deluxe, and Premium:


$500 for the complete certification. This price includes the PADI eLearning, Pool Sessions, and Lake Sessions.*


$654 covers the basic course and includes Peak Performance Buoyancy (fine tunes your weighting and teaches you proper weight placement, as well as how your lungs and gear configuration contribute to your buoyancy).*


$839 covers everything in the basic and deluxe packages plus includes Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox which gives you longer allowable bottom times and can reduce your overall nitrogen build-up when diving multiple dives in a day or multiple days in a row), Project AWARE (teaches you about the aquatic environment and how you as a diver impact it, and how to make that impact positive, and more (be sure to ask our retail staff about additional perks with the premium course package). *

**Students must have their own Scuba rated snorkeling gear, if purchased through International Scuba Frisco then rental gear for the course is free. Rental gear add-on is $150

Student Agreement: By registering for the Open Water Diver Course, you indicate that you have read and agree to the course policies, terms and conditions.

Important Medical Form


All student divers are required to complete the Diver Medical Form. Read the form carefully and answer questions honestly. If you can answer "Yes" to question 3, 5, or 10, OR any question on page 2, then you are required to obtain a physician's release on this form, without restrictions, before participating in Step 2 - Pool Training.

Your Essential Personal Gear

For the best fit and maximum comfort, you will dive with your own essential personal gear including mask, snorkel, fins, boots, gloves and mesh bag during the course. You'll want to stop by during regular business hours to get professionally outfitted with your new essential personal gear prior to your equipment orientation session.

*FREE Scuba Gear Rental


When you purchase your essential personal dive gear (Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Boots, Gloves, and Mesh Gear Bag) at Scuba Frisco you will receive FREE rental of scuba gear including regulator, BCD, and dive computer during your course — an additional $150 value.

The Scuba Equipment You'll Use

You will use our fleet of modern Aqua Lung and Scubapro diving equipment during your pool training and open water dives. This includes regulator, alternate air source, buoyancy control device, dive computer, weights and air tank. Don't worry if you don't know about all of these right now. You'll learn all about them during your course.

Referral Option

It's best to complete your training locally with us to maximize your vacation dives, but if you're close to your vacation departure or you need to complete your certification during the winter months, then a referral may be for you. You complete Step 1 - eLearning and Step 2 - Pool Training with Scuba Frisco, then complete Step 3 - Open Water Dives at your vacation destination. Ask us if this option is right for you.

Private Training Option

Please stop by or call us if you would like us to custom tailor a private course. Pricing varies depending on your customized options.

Want to know more?


Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers.

Once you are registered in the course, use our Student Guide which will take you through every step so you don't miss a beat.

The Next Step

Now that you've learned how to dive and earned you're Open Water Diver certification, you'll want to explore what you can do and where you can go as a diver. Your next stop is the Adventure Diver course which will bring new aspects to your diving, such as diving at night or around shipwrecks.


If you have a particular interest that you'd like to take into the underwater world, such as photography, consider taking one of the many specialty diver courses that are now available to you. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by Scuba Frisco, or give us a call for more details.

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