PADI Basic Open Water Course

     The PADI Basic Open Water course is designed for those who have always wanted to get scuba certified, and experience an entirely new world! This course consists of three sections: a classroom, knowledge development section, a confined water, skills practice section, and the open water checkout dives.  Completion of this course will allow you to rent diving equipment, go diving with a buddy, sign up for boat and resort dives, and gives you the ability to explore the underwater world- worldwide!

Cost:     $475.00 (full course with classroom, pool, and checkout dives)


               $375.00 (referral course with classroom and pool only, checkout                                     dives in another location, typically warm water)

Includes:     Included in the cost of the course is all classroom time and materials, all pool time and equipment, as well as all rental equipment for the open water checkout dives.  Also included are all certification fees

Additional Costs:     Students must purchase their own mask, fins, and snorkels for the open water weekend.  These pieces of equipment are provided through the pool sessions, so students know what works and fits them, prior to purchasing equipment.

     Students are also responsible for the costs for the open water weekend, including but not limited to: gas, food, and accommodation.  Students must also get their two tanks filled Saturday night, for dives on Sunday.  Tank fills are approximately $10.  



  • Must be 12 years or older

  • Must be comfortable in water

  • Must be able to continuously swim 200 yards

  • Must be able to tread water for 10 minutes

Location:     Classroom sessions are held at Under Water Works, pool sessions are held at Tigard High School Pool, and the open water weekend checkout dives are located in the Hood Canal or Puget Sound in Washington.

To Sign up:     Please call Under Water Works or stop by the shop to sign up!  Classes must have four students enrolled to proceed, and there must be at least four students for an instructor to hold an open water weekend. 

If you're on a compressed timeline, or would prefer a one on one courses: click here for information on Private Open Water Courses.

Please click here for information regarding missed classes, refund policies, and transferring classes.

Upcoming Classes:

Sunday Morning Classes:

Four-Five week Class:  7:30am-12:30pm  

Tuesday Evening Classes:

Five week Class:  6:30pm-10:30pm

*Basic Open Water courses have transitioned currently, due to Covid-19.  We are still holding courses, but please contact us for details!*

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