PADI Open Water Diver

padi open water diver course

Total time commitment:

4 days



12m/40ft  maximum  18m/60ft


Maximum  5 members


PADI eLearning or Poseidon Class Room

Piratical : Poseidon Diving Centres

Hikkaduwa  (October – April)
Nilaveli  (April – October)

What is PADI Open Water Diver certification?

What exactly is Open Water Diver certification? Well, it’s the entry-level scuba diving certification that allows you to explore the underwater world with confidence and safety. This globally recognized certification is your ticket to embark on thrilling dive adventures in open water environments.

During the Open Water Diver certification course, you’ll learn essential skills and knowledge necessary for safe diving practices. From mastering proper buoyancy control to understanding dive planning and equipment usage, every aspect of this course is designed to equip you with the fundamental skills needed to become a competent diver.

But it’s not all about technicalities! The Open Water Diver course also offers an incredible opportunity to discover a breathtaking marine ecosystem teeming with vibrant coral reefs, colorful fish species, and mesmerizing underwater landscapes. It’s like entering a whole new dimension where gravity seems suspended as you glide effortlessly through crystal-clear waters.

Ready for your next great adventure? Keep reading to find out how Poseidon Diving Centre stands out as the perfect choice for obtaining your Open Water Diver certification in Sri Lanka!

What you have to do?

The PADI Open Water Diver (OWD) course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development ( in Poseidon Diving Station classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Five Confined Water Diving Modules to learn basic scuba skills
  • Four Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
What will you learn ?
  • Be a confident and skilled diver
  • Assemble and use scuba gear
  • Manage your buoyancy
  • Respectfully approach marine life
  • Handle common problems
Open Water Dive Course Schedule

Day 1:
Usually begins with some paperwork and orientation. If you complete the theory via eLearining you can move to 2nd Day Schedule . 

Day 2:
it’s time to take your newfound skills into open water! You’ll head out to a dive site where you can put what you’ve learned into practice under the supervision of your instructor. This is where the real fun begins as you explore vibrant coral reefs or stunning underwater landscapes.

Day 03:
Day 3 is all about building confidence and refining your techniques. You’ll have more open water dives scheduled, allowing you to further develop your diving abilities. Your instructor will be there every step of the way, providing guidance and support as needed.

Day 04:
By the end of the course, which typically lasts around three days depending on location and individual progress, you’ll have completed both theory sessions and practical assessments required for certification. It’s an incredible journey that opens up a whole new world beneath the surface!

What Will be Next ?

Once you’ve completed the PADI Open Water Diver course, you have several options for further advancing your scuba diving skills and knowledge. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offers a wide range of courses to cater to divers of various experience levels and interests. Some of the courses you can consider after becoming a certified Open Water Diver.

PADI open water diver

Where you can follow PADI Open Water Dive (OWD) Course in Sri Lanka?

This course is available at all Poseidon Diving Centres. Poseidon diving center is the first five-star PADI diving center in Sri Lanka and has been in operation for 50 years. OWD certification is available at the best price in Hikkaduwa (October to April South Coast) and Nilaveli Trincomalee (April to September East Coast).

South Cost

Hikkaduwa Diving Centre

October – April

East Cost

Nilaveli Diving Centre

May – October

Open Water Diver Course


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