PADI Open Water Certification

The starting level for diving is the PADI Scuba Diver course and Open Water Certification.

To enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required, but you can try it first through the York Divers Try It experience.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

  Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Cost: $202.00 payable to PADI (Pricing is per PADI's rate)
York Divers is utilizing PADI's eLearning training for the classroom portion of the course. eLearning is designed so that you can learn at your own pace. You learn by watching, listening, reading and interacting with PADI's eLearning Education Program. All students must register with PADI for the Open Water Course and will pay for the eLearning portion at the time of registration. Students will need to contact and sign up for the course with York Divers to finish their training.


You'll be registering for your eLearning on PADI's website. It is important that you register using PADI's York Divers page.  If your eLearning is not associated with York Divers, we cannot see your course information. We can help you through the registration process.

PADI eLearning products require parent/guardian permission to be secured for students aged 10-12 years.

Sign Up for the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online
to PADI eLearning

  Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Cost: $205.00 payable to York Divers
Confined water sessions are done in a pool. Students begin in shallow water and learn all the basic skills needed to confidently and safely enjoy scuba diving. Sessions are held once a week, for 2 or 5 weeks depending on the session.  Students will need their personal equipment; mask, snorkel, fins and boots. If you miss a class, no worries, we will help you make up the session you missed. Please see the schedule below for starting dates.

  Open Water Certification Dives to use your skills and explore
Cost: $335.00 payable to York Divers
Pricing is for local certification only
You must successfully complete four dives over two days - two dives each day - and you will earn your PADI Open Water Scuba certification. Locally we do the dives beginning in mid-May through late November. Dives may be done at other times if arranged through York Divers. You may rent a drysuit for the certification dives for $85.00. Admission to the dive site, meals and travel expenses are not included in the cost.

If you have taken the classes during the winter months, we will have you back for a pool refresher prior to completing your certification dives in the spring. Please check our trip schedule as we may be able to certify you on one of our trips.

Other Details
All students are required to have proper mask, snorkel, fins and boots for the course. This personal equipment may be purchased at York Divers prior to the first class session. New students receives a 10% discount off the purchase price of the mask, snorkel, fins and boots. These items are properly fitted to each student by store personnel.

Excited to get started? Please register in person at York Divers... we're looking forward to meeting you!

Please download and complete the Medical Form prior to coming to the store. If you check any box marked with an asterisk (*) you MUST be cleared by a physician prior to the beginning of the class.

Discounts on Dive Training Packages

Bronze Diver:
Register for Open Water Diver and 1 Specialty of the Month - $50 discount

Silver Diver:
Register for Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver - $100 discount

Gold Diver:
Register for Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver - $150 discount

Additional fees apply for rental equipment and admission to the dive site. All Dive Training Packages must be completed no later than December 31, 2022.

Scheduled Classes for 2022 to be determined

Register for all classes at York Divers for class material and personal equipment needed for the course.

Private or classes other than group classes can be arranged.
Additional fees apply for private classes arranged outside the regularly scheduled class.
Fees will be based on course location and number of students.