PADI Open Water Diver
Congratulations on your decision to become an open water scuba diver! You’ve chosen to enter a world filled with wonders. Your PADI open water scuba diving course is the most important course you will ever take - that is why we run our courses around you.
Here at Cortez Expeditions, we recognize that each person learns in a way unique to them, so we tailor our courses to ensure that our students work at a pace comfortable to their learning abilities. Our goal is to ensure that each student has complete confidence in and mastery of their skills, in and out of the water.
When you chose to do your PADI open water scuba diving course with Cortez Expeditions, you are choosing to train with experienced instructors who will work closely with you each step of the way - giving you the ultimate learning experience!
Cortez Expeditions has a state-of-the-art classroom where knowledge reviews and exams will take place. Once it's time to get in the water, you'll spend one day in the swimming pool to fulfill the confined water requirements. We utilize a swimming pool with a shallow end for skill demonstration and practice as well as a deep end for once you are more comfortable in the water. After successful completion of the confined water requirements, we take you out on a boat to dive at the amazing Espiritu Santo Marine Reserve. Your open water dives 1 & 2 will be at the world famous dive site known as Los Islotes, a sea lion colony that serves as the perfect location for your first experience in the ocean. Here, you'll enjoy the beautiful and charismatic Californian sea lion as you develop greater mastery of your diving skills. Your next two open water dives (dives 3 & 4) may be completed by returning to Los Islotes or any other dive site in the area. This unique opportunity to complete your open water course surrounded by some of the most playful and curious marine mammals is what makes training with Cortez Expeditions so special!
To enroll in thePADI Open Water Course, you must have:
How long is the course?
Here at Cortez Expeditions, we don't believe in just doing the bare minimum - so while the open water course takes at least 4 days and 4 dives, we encourage our students to take as much time as they need and will accommodate your course schedule to go above and beyond the minimum requirements!
A quick review of your online learning materials. Getting to know your fellow students and instructor. Fitting and accommodating all your scuba gear. All completed in our beautiful air conditioned classroom.
Confined water dives at balandra beach, focusing on skill building and gear familiarisation
Open water dives 1 and 2, conducted at a local dive site, focusing on mastery and confidence building of skills in an open water setting.
Open water dives 3 and 4, conducted at los islotes (The Sea Lion Colony).
What will you learn?
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
To facilitate the knowledge development phase of our students, we offer three material formats for students to chose from:
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), and a tank.
As with most of the Gulf of California, the temperature of the water changes substantially over the course of the year, with temperatures around 20° C (68° F) during winter and around 30° C (85° F) during summer months.
If you wish to use rental equipment during your course, we provide Apeks and Fourth Element to best suit your needs. Our knowledgeable staff will review with you how to chose equipment - noting crucial things to look for in all your scuba gear. Cortez Expeditions ensures rental equipment is always in optimal working condition, with regular maintenance on all equipment.
The price of this course includes all equipment rental, pool usage fees, boat use fees (for open water dives), tanks, weights, lunch and refreshments during training.
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