PADI offers two different beginner divers certification courses you can choose from. You might find yourself questioning which course is best for you. Below is an overview of each course so you can make an informed decision on which course to choose from.
The PADI scuba diver course is a subcourse within the Open Water Diver course. It allows individuals with time constraints the option to take up diving without the same time requirements of the Open Water course. With this certification you are allowed to dive in groups and tours guided by a certified dive master, assistant instructor, or instructor. PADI Scuba Divers may upgrade to PADI Open Water Divers by completing the knowledge development sessions and required confined and open water dives.
PADI Open Water Divers are qualified to dive with a buddy without the direct supervision of a dive master, assistant instructor, or instructor. You will put to use the knowledge and skills you learn in this course, and are certified to dive within the limits of their training and experience. You may obtain air fills, plan, conduct and log open water no-stop dives, and continue their dive training in the PADI Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water or other specialty courses.