The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the Open Water Diver course. If you are short on time, but want to become a qualified diver, then the Scuba Diver course may be suitable for you, especially if you primarily expect to go scuba diving in the future with a dive guide. If your ultimate goal is to become a PADI Open Water Diver, then the Scuba Diver course is an intermediate step towards your target and can be obtained at a later date with additional study and practical application through confined and open water dives. As a PADI Scuba Diver, you would be qualified to dive under direct supervision of a PADI Professional (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor) to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet.
The course is structured into three sections of knowledge development, three confined diving sessions and two open water training dives. It usually takes 2 days to complete, resulting in a limited certification.
The cost of the course includes your crewpack (Open Water), which is yours to keep after the course is completed, the certification, and the use of the diving equipment for the duration of your course.
To enrol in a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course) you must be at least 10 years of age. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with diving is necessary, but you can try it first through the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.