PADI Open Water Diver Certification

PADI Open Water Diver

PADI Open Water Diver is the first scuba diving certification.

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Τhe PADI Open Water certification is just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures! If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

Being certified as a PADI Open Water Diver enables you with the ability to dive, all over the world, only with your dive buddy, in max depth 18 meters. For children between 10 – 11 years old maximum depth is 12 meters, when for children between 12 – 14 years old maximum depth is 18 meters.

How To Become a Scuba Diver?

Start your diving adventure in 3 simple steps…

1. Theory

Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. The theory part can be completed via e-Learning Open Water.

2. Confined Water Sessions

During the Confined Water Dives, you will learn and practice scuba skills. You will acquire knowledge of handling and solving problems in emergency situations either on surface or underwater.

3. Open Water Dives

To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during your Open Water Dives at a local dive site.

1. The open water diver theory includes:

  • 5 Academic Modules
  • Training Video
  • Quizzes and Final Exam

The theory part can be completed via e-Learning Open Water. The digital version of the book offers the flexibility to complete the theory from your computer or tablet.

2. The confined water sessions include:

  • 5 Confined Water Sessions in a pool or water with pool-like conditions.

3. The open water dives include:

  • 4 Open Water Dives 


Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice. Only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

The cost of the PADI Open Water course is 460 €.

We don’t pre schedule courses. When ever there is a person or a group interested in taking a course, the instructor will get the person or group together and make a schedule that works for everyone. It is always better to make a reservation a few days before if you wish to stay in the hotel or if you have a tight schedule, especially in high season (May – October).

Booking a dive course with Seahorse Dive Center is very simple. Go to the desired course page (e.g. ‘PADI Courses for Begginers’ -> ‘Open Water’) and click to button BOOK NOW.

If you having trouble with the online booking, you can always send us an email or call us.

The maximum depth for an open water diver is 18 meters.

Children between 10 -11 years old can dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters.

Children between 12 -18 years old can dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

Also, from 10 till 18 years old the is required a parental approval to dive with us.

The dive location depends on the weather conditions.

This one is tricky to answer because it depends on how quickly you breathe your air. The training dives should be a minimum of 20 minutes and on average first dives usually range from 30 – 45 minutes. You won’t know until you try but one thing’s for sure, your air consumption will improve the more you dive.

The underwater visibility is excellent most of the days of the year. Approximately 15 – 30 meters. 

At the depth where the open water dives take place, we meet various species from large or small groups of Mediterranean fishes. Octopuses, cuttlefishes, groupers, sea turtles, sea urchins, sponges, sea turtles, nudibranchs, shrimps, lionfishes and many more!

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee in the sea that we will meet a specific creature. 

Yes of course. The PADI Open Water Diver course is designed to make it accessible to everyone, no matter what your preferred learning style is. The program is not just reading (although there is some), you will also be able to learn the theory through video presentations, practical demonstrations and practice and instructor presentations. Also, the PADI e-Learning allow you to choose your preferred language and to study from home, at your own pace prior to going to the dive center. 

You need preflight surface interval of at least 12 hours for single dives and 18 hours for repetitive dives or multiple days of diving.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any transportation services between local hotels and our diving shop. Guests are required to come to the shop to check-in for their scuba dive course.

To reach Seahorse Dive Center, you can take the Metro 2 Red Line to the terminal Elliniko station. Then you can take the bus 171 and alight at Kyprou bus stop. The diving shop is across from the bus stop. Also, at the metro stations are the ticket machines (and ticket staff) where you can purchase your all transport Athena Ticket.

Alternative, you can check map directions in google maps.