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Learn to Dive - Open Water Diver Course

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STEP 1 – Class Instruction
Start your SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course today by reaching out to Scuba North, we can set you up with e-learning so you can master all the important academic information online before the class, we will also have classroom time built into the class, our instructors will provide you a thorough education, making you a more confident diver once the course in complete.

STEP 2 – In Water Skills
For entry-level certification courses (as well as some continuing-education classes), the next step will be to complete your in-water skill-development training. This takes place in a swimming pool or similar body of confined water (such as Elmwood Park – if you dive with us in Traverse City, Michigan), under the supervision of an SDI Instructor.

STEP 3 – Go Diving
The final step is to complete the required number of SDI open-water training dives under the supervision of your SDI Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.

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Learn to Dive With SDI’S Open Water Scuba Diver Course

Who this course is for:

  • Persons desiring to obtain a Scuba Diving certification
  • Persons interested in underwater exploration

Course prerequisites

Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent – Junior Scuba Divers can start at the age of 12, restrictions apply.

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course will cover all of the necessary skills and knowledge for open water scuba diving, including:

  • The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, heat loss, tides, currents, waves, surge, etc.
  • Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.
  • Dive equipment selection, assembly, use and maintenance
  • Dive planning
  • Basic scuba skills including mask and regulator skills, swimming underwater, buoyancy control, basic rescue techniques, and emergency procedures
  • And much more!

What’s in it for you:

Upon successful completion of the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course, graduates may:

  • Conduct open water dives in conditions similar to their training
  • Continue their dive education by enrolling in SDI Advanced Diver and Specialty courses

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver knowledge quests or equivalent online learning course
  • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently

Students must bring their own Mask, Fins and Snorkel to classes. We have a full selection of gear in store, reasonably priced and excellent quality!


Scuba North reserves the right to modify or cancel courses based on weather conditions, staffing, and course enrollment. Each course requires a minimum of 4 students to run as scheduled. In the event of a course cancellation, Scuba North will provide a notice of at least one week, and will either reschedule the student(s) OR provide a refund or store credit. 

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