Before explaining how a PADI referral works, let’s start by explaining the training phases that make up the PADI Open Water Diver Certification.
- Phase 1: Academic Knowledge Development
Designed to introduce the basic principles of scuba diving, this section is split into five modules that culminates with a final exam that’s intended to test your understanding.
- Phase 2: Confined Water Dives
A series of five training dives completed in a swimming pool or shallow environment similar to a swimming pool. These confined water sessions help you develop the practical skills necessary to dive safely in open water. All five dives can easily be completed in a single weekend.
- Phase 3: Open Water Dives
Combine all of your experience and knowledge during four open water dives to hone your skills and explore the underwater world!