Summary: For anyone who is 10 years of age or older

Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology (either offline or online), then learn basic scuba skills in a pool (or pool-like environment) with a highly trained PADI Instructor. When you’re ready, make four dives in an open water environment (the ocean, a lake) with your instructor supporting you every step of the way.

It's your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

Prerequisites & Minimum Age
Course prerequisites: able to swim, medically fit for diving, comfortable in the water


During the Open Water Diver course, your instructor will ask you to:

  • Float or tread water without aids for 10 minutes
  • Swim 200 metres/yards with no aids or 300 metres/yards with mask, fins and snorkel


Divers certified between the ages of 10-14 earn a Junior Diver certification


Junior Open Water Divers automatically become Open Water Divers at age 15.


Children 8 – 9 years old can try scuba diving in a pool (or pool-like environment). Ask Hawii Dive Center about a Bubblemaker experience or dive party. Children who are comfortable in the water can participate in the PADI Seal Team program, a multi-day pool diving experience.

Do you have any questions about this program? We love talking about diving and are glad to help!