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PADI/SSI Open Water Diver Course

Become a Certified SCUBA Diver today – take your PADI/SSI Open Water course in Houston, Texas at Gulf Coast Scuba!

Getting your PADI or SSI Open Water certification in Houston has never been easier.  Start your scuba adventure with our Award Winning Instructors and join millions of SCUBA Divers who are discovering new underwater worlds and experiencing new underwater adventures. Explore local Houston dive sites and local offshore destinations. Start your adventure with us. Become a PADI SCUBA Certified Open Water Diver today by giving us a call.

The training consists of classroom, pool, and open water sessions where you will learn to use the SCUBA gear. All the SCUBA dive training is done at a local private pool and a local lake.

To enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course, students needs to:

    • be at least 12 years old
    • able to swim 200 yards nonstop using any stroke with no time limit
    • able to tread water for 10 minutes without submerging your head or touching the side of the pool
    • Answer all the PADI Medical Questions and if you answer “Yes” to any, you will need a Medical Doctor’s written approval (also part of the form) before you can get in the water.
    • No prior SCUBA experience is necessary to enroll.
PADI Open water class Houston TEXAS
Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with: weights, log book, wetsuit, and weight pockets for your BCD. We also do not require that you purchase mouthpieces for your regulator.


What to expect?

Homework, Classroom work, and Knowledge Development:

Students who do not opt for eLeaning need to come by the Dive Center and collect the PADI Open Water Manual and the PADI Open Water DVD a few days before the classroom session starts. Students are required to watch the PADI videos, read the PADI Open Water Manual, and answer the Knowledge Review Questions at the end of each chapter BEFORE class. Classroom sessions are two evenings (usually Monday and Tuesday) where we answer any questions, go over the students answers to each chapters Knowledge Review, take a quiz after each chapters review, leaner about SCUBA gear care and assembly, and issue rental gear to our students for the pool and lake dives.

Confined Water (Pool) Dives:

This is when the real fun starts! We will meet in our local pool (usually Wednesday and Thursday evenings)  to learn how to SCUBA dive. Your Instructor will start by showing you all the basics from assembling your gear, donning your gear, inspecting your gear with a buddy, and entering shallow water. Your Instructor will then explain and demonstrate various SCUBA skills. Each skill builds in progression and by the end of the pool session, students should have a mastery of each skill need to dive safely with a buddy.

Open Water (Lake) dives: 

This is where the real fun happens! We will meet at a local lake* (usually Saturday and Sunday mornings) for two days of diving and we usually do two dives a day. Students will now demonstrate their mastery of various SCUBA skills, which they learning in the pool. Then we will explore the lake for the remainder of the dive while we work on our buoyancy control and look for fishes and turtles.
*Please note that the student is responsible to pay his own entry fee (usually $17-$20 per day) to the Open Water Lake. The Open Water Lake is an independent entity not associated or partnered with Gulf Coast Scuba.

Winter Schedule:

From October though about May, our Open Water Class will be conducted on over two weekends. The schedule is as follows:

First Saturday: 9am to Noon classroom at Gulf Coast Scuba. 1pm-5pm pool exercises at local heated pool.                                               First Sunday: 9am to 2pm pool exercise at the same local pool.

Second Saturday: 10am to 4pm Open Water dives at a local lake.                                                                                                                       Second Sunday: 10am to 5pm Open Water dives at the same local lake and then return to Gulf Coast Scuba where we rinse our rental equipment and finalize your certification!

Please note that the student is responsible to pay his own entry fee to the open water site. Fees are in the $20 range depending on the dive site.

Email Us:  Info@gulfcoastscuba.com

Call Us: 713-888-0006

Dive Center Hours:
Monday - Friday 11:00am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


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