ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT
OPEN WATER DIVER COURSES
KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT: Upon receipt of payment for the PADI Open Water Diver course, Scuba Bruce Diving will provide each student with a textbook and other written materials for the course.
Students then read the textbook and fill out copies of the Knowledge Reviews found at the end of each chapter. Students also watch the Open Water Diver DVD video, which is loaned to divers by Scuba Bruce Diving.
Students then meet for a classroom session where the Knowledge Reviews are discussed and students take a series of simple multiple choice written exams to verify student understanding of the basic scuba concepts.
WATER INSTRUCTION: After Knowledge Development is
completed, water instruction begins.
First comes the Confined Water session. This is usually taught at a family owned swimming pool with proper depth and other standards. The twenty basic scuba skills are
learned in this safe clear-water environment. This instruction is usually conducted in one single 4-1/2 to five hour session.
Open Water Dives follow and are usually taught at a local lake
or scuba park on two consecutive half-days, such as a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
EQUIPMENT: Provided at no charge for all Open Water Diver classes is the use of a scuba unit (tank, regulator, dive computer, BCD, and weights), or students may
provide their own equipment. For hygiene reasons and good fit, students must provide their own mask, fins, boots, and snorkel. Purchasing good equipment is very important, but it is easily obtained at any
good scuba shop such as Lone Star Scuba in Fort Worth. It is also recommended that divers obtain a three mil or thicker wetsuit for most Texas diving locations.
REQUIREMENTS: Divers must be at least ten years old. Youth 10-14 years of age earn the Junior Open
Water Diver Certification. All divers must demonstrate that they can comfortably maintain themselves in water too deep in which to stand by completing a 10-minute swim/float without using any swim aids.
Divers must also complete a 200 meter/yard continuous surface swim or a 300 meter/yard swim (snorkeling) with mask, fins and snorkel. Although it is a longer swim, the equipment swim is
recommended because it is much easier for most divers.
The following forms must be properly filled out and in the possession of Scuba Bruce Diving before any water activity can occur. Electronic copies of these forms are
provided to each student after payment is rendered.
Record Form (10058)
Medical Statement (10063)
Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement (10072)
Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding (10060)
Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Equipment Rental Agreement (10087)
There are no hidden fees for instructional courses. However divers are responsible for their own
transportation to and from all dive and instructional activities, and for paying scuba park or lake entrance fees directly to the facility for the Open Water part of training.