PADI Open Water Diver Referral

The PADI Open Water Diver referral program allows you to complete your course in different parts of the World. This program allows you to start your pool work and self study in one place and complete your training dives in another place.

What is involved?

This referral course is specific to the PADI agency. However, if you completed your pool session and self study with another scuba agency, no problem, we can still certify you! Just contact us for details and prices.

Squalo Divers offers complete course flexibility for your four open water training dives. You will need two days to complete your course (two open water dives per day). Each guided dive, under the direct supervision of your instructor, will give you the opportunity to apply the skills you mastered in the pool. 


Once you’ve completed your academic/pool session and open-water training, you’ll be awarded your PADI Open Water Diver certification! But remember, this is only the beginning. Once you've experienced the underwater world, you'll be hooked! You'll be eager to further your diving education and get back in the water as soon as possible. Our newly certified Open Water Divers almost always immediately sign up for their Advanced Open Water Diver and Enriched Air Nitrox Diver courses. These two ratings will allow you to participate in a much wider range of activities, both here at home and on vacation. Your learning opportunities don’t stop there. Depending on your interests, you can further your training in a variety of specialties, such as underwater photography and wreck diving. By taking five such Specialty Diver courses, and earning your Rescue Diver certification, you can eventually obtain the coveted Master Scuba Diver rating (the black belt for scuba divers).

Where do you learn?

As South Florida residents, we're fortunate to have some of the world's best dive sites right in our back yard. Several of these sites are particularly well suited for entry-level diver training. We try to give all of our entry-level students the opportunity to sample several sites. The sites we use on any given day will depend on weather conditions.

When can you start?

We need at least 48 hours notice. You can generally complete the four open water dives in 2 days.

What is included in the cost?

The referral course includes:

  • Open water training
  • Use of all equipment, except as noted below
  • PADI open water diver certification, upon successful completion

What equipment will you need?

Diving is an equipment-intensive activity. This means that the quality of the equipment you use, and its suitability for specific diving activities has a tremendous bearing on your overall comfort, safety and enjoyment. Fewer things can ruin the investment you make in learning to dive safely than not having the right equipment. We're happy to provide most of the equipment you need for your pool and open-water training dives, including BCD's, cylinders, regulators, dive computer and weights. All of our gear is top of the line and in excellent condition.

Students in our beginning scuba courses are required to provide the following items:

  • Scuba mask, scuba snorkel, scuba booties and scuba open heel fins
  • Adequate exposure protection (wetsuits are available for rent or purchase)
  • Signal marker tube
  • Regulator mouthpiece
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Additional recommended items: mask scrub, mask defog, dive bag, neoprene mask strap

Fit and comfort are extremely important for the personal gear items listed above. These are all also items that dive operators will expect you to own. In other words, you do not want to go anywhere as a certified diver without them.

It’s also important to understand that scuba masks, scuba snorkels and scuba fins must meet a very different set of requirements than the gear one might use for casual snorkeling.

We have a large selection of scuba masksscuba snorkelsscuba bootiesscuba finssignal marker tubesregulator mouthpiecesdive bags and wetsuits for sale online and also at our physical store. Wetsuits are also available for rent.

Contact us for special promotions on scuba equipment.


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