Reef Runner Divers - The Premier SCUBA Diving Center on the Costa Rican Caribbean Coast, in Puerto Viejo

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PADI Open Water Course

Our PADI Open Water Course includes all equipment for diving, course material and text book, confined water instruction with a PADI OWS Instructor, two days (4 dives) from our dive boat to one of the most pristine reefs in the world, we also provide lunches and beverages during the boat dives. Also includes the application fee for your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification card.

If you'd like you can complete the study portion online, at home, before you come down to Puerto Viejo to save precious vacation time! Just click on the link above to redirect to and sign up for eLearning!

Course prerequisites are: Be 12 years of age. (10 years of age for Jr. Open Water)

The course can be completed in 3-4 days.

The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches student divers the foundational knowledge and skills they need to dive with a buddy, independent of supervision. The Scuba Diver course is a subcourse within the Open Water Diver course that teaches student divers the foundational knowledge and skills they need to dive under the supervision of a certified divemaster, assistant instructor or instructor.

The first day is spent watching the open water DVD and working through the corresponding textbook at your own convenience (unless you've completed the eLearning already, in which case you get straight into the water!) There are 5 chapters, all of these have short quizzes, with a final exam at the end of the book. The quizzes and final exam are all multiple-choice.
Next, you start your confined water dives with our instructor in the pool area in front of the dive shop as soon as the second day. During this, you'll learn the skills of SCUBA diving! Skills such as bouyancy control, navigation, air management, water entry, decents and ascents! The next two days you will go for two open water dives per day from the boat with our instructor perfecting the skills you have learned from your confined water dives. During these dives our instructor will show you many of the beautiful fish and other reef life found in our beautiful Caribbean Sea.

When you complete your course, we'll take your picture and submit your course completion online to PADI. Then you just wait for your card in the mail.You will receive a temporary diving card from us until your official PADI certification arrives to your home from PADI's Head Office in a few weeks. This certification has no expiration and is valid all over the world, wherever and whenever you decide to dive.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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