Who should take this course?

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 scuba certification, and the only one recognized worldwide! Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), it's as simple as being 10 years old or older. No prior experience with scuba diving is required!

What will you learn?

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of two main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online or independent study) learn basic principles of scuba diving.
  • Confined and Open Water Dives to learn and develop your skills to explore!

The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches you everthing you need to know to become a safe and responsible diver!

You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course. Contact us for more details.

What scuba gear will you use?

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. At Ocean Extreme, we pride ourselves in using only the finest Scubapro equipment in our training. For decades, Scubapro has been the most trusted and reliable name in diving. We train in the same equipment preferred by the most extreme cave divers and dive professionals across the globe!

How do I sign up and schedule my dives?

Ocean Extreme applies the latest in prescriptive teaching methods by offering multiple ways to complete your Open Water Diver certification.

You can call or stop by our North Little Rock office any time during normal business hours to enroll in the Open Water Diver course. We will immediately get you set up with everything you need to begin your training.

Traditional Method:

If you choose the traditional method of covering the Knowledge Development portion of the course, stop by the North Little Rock office and you will go home with your own PADI Open Water Diver Crewpack, which includes: PADI Open Water Diver Textbook and DVD, PADI Logbook, and all of the other documents you need to get started! You then have the convenience of covering the material at your own desired pace, whether you knock it out overnight or take all summer. You also have the added confidence that an Ocean Extreme instructor is always available at the office or over the telephone to help you with anything you need along the way! 


Ocean Extreme also offers the PADI eLearning route for completing the Knowledge Development portion of the course. You can complete the entire Open Water Knowlegde Development on PADI's interactive online classroom. This is especially convenient for our long-distance learners who can't make it by the office as easily. As always, rest assured that Ocean Extreme instructors are available for any help our students need along the way!

Click here to sign up for PADI eLearning.

Confined and Open Water Dives:

As soon as you are ready, call or stop by to schedule your weekend at our Mt. Harbor location where our pool and open water dives are conducted. Ocean Extreme is the only place in Arkansas where you can do your pool and first open water dives in the same day; keeping the skills you learn fresh on your mind, and allowing you to complete all of the required dives in one weekend! We offer classes EVERY weekend throughout the entire dive season, gauranteeing that there is a class to fit your schedule.

If weekends are not an option for your schedule, if you would like to complete your training outside of the normal dive season (usually May-September depending upon temperature), or if you would like to schedule a class for a private group or organization, please contact us to find out more about our Private Courses.