About the Course

The excitement and fun of scuba diving are waiting for you!
At Dive Utah, we remember what it was like to learn to scuba dive. The excitement, the anticipation, the thrill of breathing underwater for the first time.

In the Academic portion, we use a home study program that allows you to learn at your own comfortable rate. When we meet, the class goes over topics such as equipment and dive travel. In the Confined Water or Pool portion, you learn the different skills that enable you to dive safely and confidently with plenty of time left over to play and practice. The Open Water portion will let you take the skills and knowledge learned in the first two portions and apply them in an actual diving environment such as a lake, hot-spring or ocean. Classes are for ages 10 and up.

Are you Taking a Trip?

Most of our students are taking the class because they have a trip planned. To help you better enjoy the diving on your trip, we will put together an information packet about the diving at your destination. This is part of our "Becoming A Diver" Program, designed to help you get the most from your diving certification.

Class Schedules

At Dive Utah we have many different class arrangements for even the busiest of people.  A traditional class will meet in the evening twice a week for two weeks.  Each time we meet we will spend time in both the classroom and pool.  Once this is completed we go to a local lake or hot spring to complete the final dives.  This is usually done over two sessions.  We also offer weekend and private classes.  If you have more than four people ask about group specials.  Reach out to the Dive Utah location nearest you to get find out the exact dates for new classes.

Master Scuba Diver

Does a skier stop when he learns the wedge? Is a martial arts student content with his white belt? Of course not, these are only the entry level steps. The same is true with scuba divers. Open Water is scuba’s entry level class. Every diver should aspire to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver. A diver with their Advanced, Rescue, 5 specialty certifications and 50 logged dives earns the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating. This is the scuba black belt. Ask about our discounted Open Water/MSD package today!

Get Out of Town!

Dive Utah is always traveling. From our bi-monthly California trips to warm water destinations in the Caribbean or South Pacific, a Dive Utah trip is the perfect place to finish your Open Water Certification. Plus you receive a discount on your class when you complete it on one of our trips! See our staff or website for a list of upcoming trips.

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Course prerequisites: able to swim, medically fit for diving, comfortable in the water

During the Open Water Diver course, your instructor will ask you to:

  • Float or tread water without aids for 10 minutes
  • Swim 200 metres/yards with no aids or 300 metres/yards with mask, fins and snorkel

Minimum age: 10

Gear Requirements

Students are required to provide their own mask, fins and snorkel. If you already own a mask, snorkel and/or fins, bring them to your instructor before your first inwater session. Some snorkeling masks and fins are inadequate for scuba diving.

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PADI materials

There is some homework that needs to be completed prior to each class.  You may prefer the eLearning option but that adds to the costs of the class.  When you sign up we can discuss what is best for your needs.

By the end of this course, you should reach the following goals:

  • Be a confident and skilled diver
  • Assemble and use scuba gear
  • Manage your buoyancy
  • Respectfully approach marine life
  • Handle common problems


Yes, there is always paperwork to fill out. Get a step ahead by downloading and completing the class and medical forms today

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