PADI Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. You will be taught the foundational knowledge and skills you need to dive safely with a buddy, independent of supervision.

The PADI Open Water Diver course can be completed in 3 or 4 days and consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development ( PADI eLearning or home study with PADI manual)
    Presented in 5 modules which establish a foundation of principles, procedures and general information that divers need. Knowledge Reviews must be answered before meeting the Instructor and will be reviewed with the Instructor. An exam is part of the Knowledge Development.
  • Confined Water Dives - Pool training to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives - 4 Dives to review your skills and explore!

A 300 meter swim with mask, snorkel and fins and a 10-minute float without using any swim aids are required for certification.

Prerequisites:

Minimum Age: 10 yrs (Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
(An eLearner under the age of 13 requires parent or guardian permission to register online.)

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Physical:

For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive.

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Learning Materials: Unless you choose PADI eLearning , you’ll need and use the following training materials during the PADI Open Water Diver course, and for your review and reference after the course:

  • The PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video on DVD

All students including eLearners will also need PADI Log Book and Recreational Dive Planner (Dive Table or eRDP). $50

Course Fee:

  • eLearning 3 days course - $350 ( 2 or more students), $450 ( 1 student )
  • 4 days course - $495 ( 2 or more students), $595 (1 student )

All rental gear, instruction fee, boat fee, certification card fee included.
PADI eLearning or PADI Manual is NOT included.

Course Schedule

eLearning - 3 Day Course ( Recommended )
You must complete PADI eLearning before you meet the instructor.
An eLearner under the age of 13 requires parent or guardian permission to register online.

Day 1 in St. Thomas - Full day
8:00AM - Meet us at the dive shop
Quick Review of diving theory (18 questions)
Confined Water Dive - Pool Training at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa

Day 2 - Half Day
8:00AM - 1:00PM Open Water Training 1&2 - Two Tank Boat Dive in the morning

Day3 - Half Day
8:00AM - 1:00PM Open Water Training 3 &4 - Two Tank Boat Dive in the morning

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Save vacation time with the PADI Referral System:

Take advantage of PADI Referral system !! It’s ideal for vacationers, especially people who want to spend minimum time in our classroom during their stay in St.Thomas.

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PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course

Save your vacation time by starting at home, then finish your training in our warm tropical waters.
The PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course is ideal for anyone who wants to spend minimum time in our classroom and more time enjoying the scuba experience during their stay in St. Thomas.

A referral class works as follows: You begin your open water diver course in your home town, completing the academics and confined water portions of the course at your local dive center. Then when you come to St. Thomas you only have to complete 4 open water training dives.

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By the time you get here in St. Thomas, you may only need to complete your four open water dives. A referral class is completed in 2 mornings, leaving the rest of your vacation free to dive more and different dive sites!

You Must Bring:

  • Your Referral Form - (less than 12 months old) from your original instructor
  • Medical Statement - signed by your physician (if required)
  • Logbook and Recreational Dive Planner

Physical:

For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive.

Download the Scuba Medical Questionnaire
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Course Schedule:

Duration: 2 Days

Day 1
8:00 AM - 1:00PM Open Water Training 1&2 - Two Tank Dive in the morning

Day 2
8:00 AM - 1:00PM Open Water Training 3&4 - Two Tank Dive in the morning
Course Fee: $359 (2 or More Students), $559 ( Private Instruction )

All rental gear, instruction fee, boat fee, certification card fee included.

PADI ReActivate

Haven’t been diving lately and want a quick scuba refresher? The PADI ReActivate program is the perfect way to update your dive skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate is personalized for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI course or get ready for a diving vacation. The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.

*Your PADI certification does not expire. Participation in PADI ReActivate™ is not mandatory, but recommended as an easy way to refresh your foundational scuba safety knowledge and skills if you haven’t been diving in a while.

Prerequisites:

Minimum Age: 10 yrs (Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Must be previously certified PADI Open Water Diver

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Cost: $59.95 USD

Enroll in PADI ReActivate

Continuing Education

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so that you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills to become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course can be completed in 3 days and consists of two main phases:

  • Knowledge Development - PADI eLearning must be completed before meeting your instructor
  • Open Water Dives - 5 training dives

Hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters/ 60-100 feet)
  • Three more Adventure Dives of your choice

The Fun Part: Your Choice

One reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from various types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. We offer:

  • Boat Diving,
  • Naturalist
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Fish ID
  • Night diving (additional charge applies)

Prerequisites:

To take this course, you must be:

- A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

Physical :
For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire (pdf file) that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive.

Download the Scuba Medical Questionnaire

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Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online

PADI eLearning gets you started right now with the background information you need for the seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still choose any of the Adventure Dives.) PADI eLearning must be completed before meeting your instructor in St. Thomas.

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Course Fee:

$350 - 5 training dives + 6th dive FREE!!!
(To receive our promotion price, you must sign up for PADI eLearning through our website. PADI eLearning fee is NOT included )
All rental diving equipment, C-card process fee included

Course Schedule (Sample):

You must complete PADI eLearning before meeting your instructor.
Day 1 - Half Day
8:00am - 12:30pm: Boat Dive + Peak Performance Buoyancy
Day2 - Half Day
8:00am - 12:30pm: Deep Dive + Underwater Navigation
Day3 - Half Day
8:00am - 12:30pm: Naturalist + Fun Dive

PADI Enriched Air Diver - NITROX

Extend Your Dive Time with the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course - our most popular specialty scuba diving course. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more “no decompression” dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. You can typically stay down longer and get back in the water sooner. No wonder so many divers choose this as their very first specialty.

What does PADI Enriched Air Diver Course cover ?

  • Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
  • Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, how to tell what’s in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer.

Prerequisites:

To take this course, you must be:

  • 12 years old or older (Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
    (An eLearner under the age of 13 requires parent or guardian permission to register online. )
  • PADI Open Water Diver Certified

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Physical:

For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire (pdf file) that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive.

Download the Scuba Medical Questionnaire

PADI eLearning is NOT included.
PADI Online Courses
With the convenience of PADI eLearning you can take the classroom portion of the course online!

How PADI eLearning works
Take the online training through PADI and then finish your practical application and open water session with Red Hook Dive Center.

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Course Fee:
$50 - Practical Applications and Predive Simulation Exercise without dives
$175 - Practical Applications and 2 training dives

* all rental equipment, boat fee, instruction fee, certification processing fee included

PADI Rescue Diver Course

Discover Your Inner Hero with the PADI Rescue Diver Course!
Learn to look out for the safety and well-being of others while expanding your dive knowledge with the PADI Rescue Diver Course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands your knowledge of problem prevention, and how to manage them if they occur.

What does PADI Rescue Diver Course cover?

  • Self Rescue
  • Recognizing and Managing Stress in Other Divers
  • Emergency Management and Equipment
  • Rescuing Panicked Divers
  • Rescuing Unresponsive Divers

Prerequisites:

  • 12 years old - 12-14 year old divers may earn Junior Rescue Diver certifications
  • PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver
    must have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months

Training may be completed along with rescue diver course

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Physical:

For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire (pdf file) that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive.

Download the Scuba Medical Questionnaire

PADI eLearning is NOT included
PADI Online Courses
With the convenience of PADI eLearning you can take the classroom portion of the course online! Take the online training through PADI in advance, then finish the rest of your course with Red Hook Dive Center.

Enroll in PADI eLearning

Course Duration: 2 days
Course Fee :
$300 (2 or more students)
$350 (private)

All rental equipment, boat fee, instruction fee, certification card processing fee included