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Welcome to the PADI OPEN WATER COURSE.  This is the first level of certification.  The Open Water Course consists of two steps and can be completed over two weekends.  Diver training courses are meant to be fun, but like any form of learning, you will need to invest time and effort reading and studying before the class begins.  Please read through the following information to help understand the Open Water Course.  Click here to  Sign Up Online and feel free to call us at anytime with questions.  303.469.4477

    Open Water Scuba Diver Certification

  • Complete Open Water Diver Manual & Online Video Series prior to class ($230 together; can be purchased at the dive shop or online and can be shared between multiple participants) OR Open Water Diver eLearning module ($230 must be over 15 years old and cannot be shared).
  • Classroom Work and Pool Dives ($275, can be completed over one weekend) Sign Up Online Here
  • Dive Equipment Included; Except for Mask, Snorkel & Fins (rent for $35 or purchase with a student discount)
  • The academic portion of Step 1 is held here at our shop in our comfortable classroom. Our home pool is the newly-renovated Broomfield Community Center, a beautiful and clean facility with both a shallow, warm pool, and a deep, cool pool for all of our scuba diving needs. The deep well drops down to 12 feet and sits at a cool 80 degrees.


  • Separate from the Step 1 academics and pool training, you must complete 4 Open Water Dives ($275) within a year of your Step 1 training.  No trips coming up?  Join us for one of our monthly trips to the remarkable Homestead Crater in Midway, Utah!  Sign Up Online Here
  • Certification Card (Included)
  • Dive Equipment Included; Except for Mask, Snorkel & Fins (rent for $35 or purchase with a student discount)

Why PADI Open Water?

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.

What are the prerequisites?

Virtually anyone 10 years of age or older who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available

  • A PADI Jr. Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 12 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet
What will I do?

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You will complete five knowledge development sessions and five pool dives, followed by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.

How long will it take?

PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Typically classroom and pool work are completed in one weekend, followed by 4 open water dives over another weekend. See our schedule.  You can also take a referral (classroom and pool completion paperwork) and complete your 4 open water dives on your vacation. You have a year to complete these before you classroom and pool work expires.

What will I need before class starts?

Don't have time to take a regularly scheduled class? We offer off-schedule instruction! 
  • 4 personally scheduled sessions (2 class & 2 pool)
  • Let us know what dates and times work for you and we can line up an instructor and pool time
  • $400 for 1-2 persons, $310 for 3-5 persons (**Prices are per person).
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IMPORTANT Sign Up Information!

Please download these forms * & read them prior to signing up for class.  The first form explains the details of the Basic Open Water Class & Pool.  The second form is the Medical form, if you can answer NO to all of the questions there is no further action required.  
If you answer YES to any of the questions, a doctor's signature will be required prior to starting any pool work.  

* Flatirons Scuba Basic Open Water Student agreement form
* PADI Medical statement

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Where can I go from here?

Continue your scuba adventure with PADI’s Adventures in diving program, your next step in exploring the underwater world. Stop by Flatirons Scuba and Travel or call us at 303-469-4477 for more information on the PADI Adventures In Diving program.

What if I don't have time for a traditional class? 
Sign up for PADI eLearning now!

*Important Note: Any student under the age of 15 doing PADI eLearning will be required to  participate for the full duration of the classroom session