Become a PADI Certified Open water diver with professional training and your first open water dives in the Caribbean Sea off of St Croix.

What to Expect:

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online eLearning), independent study or in a classroom) to understand the basic principles of scuba diving

  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills

  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!


To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must:

  • be 10 years old or older.
  • Have adequate swimming skills.
  • Be in good physical health.
  • No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Estimated Time:

  • E-Learning (8-12 hours)
  • Confined & Open Water Course Completion (12-16 hours)


There are two steps to any Scuba Diving Certification – learning the fundamentals via coursework and then applying what you’ve learned in the open water. 


  • Sign up for PADI Open Water Diver – click here
  • eLearning coursework consists of lectures, videos, knowledge reviews & tests.
  • Complete the online portion at your own pace.
  • You will pay PADI directly for the eLearning portion of your Open Water Diver certification course.

STEP 2 – PRACTICAL SKILLS/Confined & open water dives

  • Your Cane Bay Dive Shop trained PADI Instructor will work with you in the water to apply the skills you’ve learned.  
  • Learn basic scuba skills in a pool (or pool-like environment) with your instructor.
  • When you’re ready, make four dives in an open water environment (the ocean) with your instructor supporting you every step of the way.
  • Course Completion fees are in addition to PADI eLearning fees and paid directly to Cane Bay Dive Shop. 




For all scuba diving activities, Personal Dive Insurance is always recommended. Choose plans from DAN  or DiveAssure