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The Open Water Diver Course 

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

We provide up to $25,000 in medical expense coverage for injuries at no cost to the student occuring during open-water entry-level scuba training covering both scuba and breath-hold diving whether in or out of the water. Coverage ends 180 days after registration or completion of training - whichever occurs first. You will need to complete a short application for the insurance coverage from DiveAssure. We also offer our students a special on-line course on being a prepared diver. You get more with Texas Dive Center, Inc.

What You Learn

The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online) to understand basic principles of scuba diving,
  • 5-6 pool training dives to learn the basic scuba skills,
  • 4-5 Open Water Dives to review your skills, demonstrate your competency and explore in water up to 60 feet deep!
If you've participated in a Try Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full Open Water Diver course certification when you bring us a record of the experience.


To enroll in the Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older (need parental permission if under 18)
  • complete a medical questionaire
  • see staff for further requirements

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is...well, just about all of it, because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your Instructor.

Combining a Specialty with Your Open Water Course

Linking a Specialty Diver course to your Open Water training course is a great way to increase the value of your time through continuing education earlier in your dive training - and you will be a better dive buddy and enjory the sport far more. The following Specialty courses, and others, can be taught concurrently with your Open Water Diver course, but only one to avoid task overload:

  • Perfect Buoyancy
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Full-Face Mask Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Coral Identification
  • Altitude Diver
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Delayed Surface Market Buoy Diver
Even more exciting, the specialties can be credited to meet requirements for your Advance Diver Certification. For example, since all diving in west Texas is an altitude dive, why not enroll in the Altitude Specialty Course while doing your open water course? Then you only need four adventure dives more for your Advance. Ever diver will eventually dive on nitrox, so why not combine it with your course? Most specialty courses are discounted when taken with your Open Water course.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear will be chosen by a TEXAS DIVE CENTER representative to ensure your comfort throughout the course. The one item you must have if you don't have a dive computer, is a timing device for your open water skill sessions. No dive watch or computer - no dives. Knowing how long you are at depth and timing your safety stops will save your life so why not invest in one of our entry level computers for under $300.

The Learning Materials You Need

All our programs offer a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course - book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD or digital using a IPAD, IPHONE type devices or computer.

Contact TEXAS DIVE CENTER to personalize the best study option for you!

The Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you'll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor.

This course is scheduled monthly on customer demand and we run at least two class orientations prior to starting pool work. Contact us for a schedule which meets your needs.