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Open Water Diver Certification

(5 dives, 3 to 3 and 1/2 days)


Certified for life, introductory dives are a thing of the past for those who complete the course to become Open Water Divers. So, this option is probably the best value in diving. The advantages to certification are; you can rent gear and dive on your own, you can dive deeper than 40 feet deep (pretty much all boat dives on Maui), certification is for life and the training is extensive enough you'll feel comfortable with buoyancy control, equipment use, set up and no-decompression dive planing. The course involves lots of diving in 3 to 4 days. You will be in the ocean on day one. There is some reading to do before you show up so book a few days (with free time) in advance. Books are not included in our price so you can buy them near home without being double charged. We encourage you to visit your local dive shop to buy the manuals and tables if you have time. Establishing a relationship with a local dive shop will help keep you diving in the future. If this dosen't work for you, we can provide the books (no shipping charges) when you book a class in time to receive them. As a last option, buy it here and allow precious time on your vacation to read it. For your safety please review the RSTC Medical Statement *.

On day one we'll meet at the shop at 7:15 or the beach at 7:30 in the morning for your first dive. Then we'll go somewhere comfortable and or fun for the academics. Any where but a boring class room. Everything else you need for the dive is included in our price except your swim suit, towel and sun block.

Sample Schedule

3 Day schedule is based on a prescriptive training method. Divers read the course material and check their comprehension of the literature by filling in answers to the knowledge review questions at the end of each of 5 chapters. Upon arrival the instructor reviews the questions with you and fills in any gaps in their meaning.

Day 1, 7:15 AM (meet at the shop)

* Paper work, Medical statements, Gear fitting,
* Go to the beach, find a shade and review study questions from chapter 1.

* Dive briefing and instruction.
* Go on first dive after 3 basic skills practice in shallow water
* Swim test 100 yards swim any style no time limit, 10 minute float tread.
* Log Dives and Break for lunch or Light snack, drinks
* Review study questions from chapter 2 - 5, Quiz 1 - 4

Day 2, 7:00 AM

* Meet at the Beach
* Skills briefing Gear set up
* Dive skills practice in shallow water
* Break for drinks and snacks
* Open water dive number 2
* Log Dives

Day 3, 7:00 AM

* Meet at the beach
* Gear set up Predive and dive site briefings
* Make open Water dives 3 and 4
* Log Dives.
* Final Exam

Day 4
Contingency Day to repeat Final exam or Finnish dives, Necessity usually depends on completion of reading and chapter's knowledge review questions prior to arrival. Sometimes ocean conditions can be a factor. Don't plan anything else in the morning that takes you to altitude above 1000 feet or that you can't get out of for this day.


To book it contact us -  info@godivemaui.com.

But First !

Let us know in your e-mail:

  • Dates on Maui and your preferred days to dive
  • Your age (12 is the minimum)
  • Your height, weight, jeans and jacket size (for wet suit sizing)
  • Number in your party who will be diving on SCUBA
  • Any questions or concerns involving the medical statement.
  • Date and time of your departure flight and plans to be above 2000 ft.

Answers to many medical questions

Flying After Diving Altitude Exposure Guidelines

For your safety please review the medical statement Scuba. If you must answer yes to any of the medical questions on the medical statement, and still wish to dive we require that you download a copy of the RSTC Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver’s Physical Examination and see your family physician for a determination of your physical fitness for participation in Scuba Diving.