Open Water Diver

Get certified in scuba diving with Aquaventure Dive & Photo!

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, Aquaventure Dive & Photo is where to start! Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water 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.

At Aquaventure Dive & Photo Center, you have the advantage of training in our on-site heated pool for convenience and comfort! This allows us to offer you free pool time (on Tuesdays) to practice your skills between completion of your  Part 1 and your Open Water (Part 2) training dives. We also offer a variety of locations for the Part 2 class. We have a large staff of experience and highly qualified instructors and divemasters who not only love the sport of diving, but love to share their passion with new divers. You can count on them to be patient, thorough, and to put safety first!

What Do I Need To Bring To Class?

You will need to bring your student kit, swim suit, a towel, and your personal mask, snorkel, and fins. We supply all the necessary scuba gear needed for the class except your personal mask, snorkel, and fins.  There are two reasons we do not supply these items. First, everybody is different and not one mask is right for everyone.  The second is for sanitary reasons.  For information on mask, snorkel, and fins sets click here to view a few options or stop in to speak to one of our staff.  At Aquaventure we have a huge selection of mask, snorkel, and fins sets!  We also offer RX masks!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Aquaventure Advantage

  • Most Complete Dive Center in the Midwest!
  • Onsite Classrooms and Pool (no need to run around town for your classroom and pool training)
  • Onsite Custom Designed Scuba Training Pool
  • Our Pool Water Temp is 86 Degrees (unlike community pools 78 degrees)
  • Unlimited Pool Practice Time (call for details)!
  • FREE Use of Top of the Line Aqualung Scuba Gear for Class!
  • Try various pieces of scuba gear before purchasing!
  • Free Scuba Certification Dives Offered for Customers on our Dive Trips!
  • Largest and Most Experienced Training Staff in the State!
  • Largest and Most Fully Stocked Showroom in the State!
  • Subway Restaurant Onsite for Lunch
  • Onsite Soda Pop and Candy Machines for your Convenience


Get your scuba training FREE!  That’s right, FREE!  By purchasing one of our “Premium Scuba Gear Packages” or customizing a package especially for you, you can get your training free!  Note – Only “Premium Packages” apply to this offer.  Not all packages on this page qualify.  To view our premium scuba packages click here 

“I’ve done all my training and testing with The Aquaventure teams. They have great instructors, fun atmosphere, all very knowledgable, and work hard to make your diving experience worth remembering… If you ever thought about experiencing scuba diving, I would highly recommend starting here!!!”

Mike J

“I’ve been to all the dive shops in town and Aquaventure definitely has the Friendliest staff and best selection of gear!”

Gary B

“Awesome instructors!  I was more than prepared for my training dives when I went to Florida!”

Jill A

“Great place to learn how to dive. Very private with close instruction. Go as fast as you are comfortable with. Super friendly instructors. My 10 year old and I loved it. A great experience. Top notch dive shop!”

Paul K

“Me and my 11 year old son took the PADI Open Water Diver class through Aquaventure and we could not be happier with the experience. Erik did a fantastic job of educating and coaching us through the entire process.”

Casey K

“Both of my teens have achieved their Open-Water certifications now with training from their excellent instructors and dive masters. As a 27 year diver, I whole-heartedly trust Aquaventure to provide quality training and service!”

Chris T

Course Fee

Part 1 – Classroom & Pool Training (Confined Water Training)

  • Group Lessons eLearning* –  $289 (Code must be purchased directly from Aquaventure). If eLearning code is purchased elsewhere an additional $125 classroom/pool fee will be assessed.  Click here to purchase an eLearning class
  • Semi-Private (Two to three participants) – $349 or $369 for eLearning*
  • Private (One on one training) – $435 or $455 for eLearning* Click here to purchase a private class.

Part 2 – Open Water Check Out Dives (Open Water Training)

  • Group Lessons – $209*
  • Semi-Private – $305 for three participants, $395 for two participants*
  • Private – $495*

Upgrade from PADI “Scuba Diver” to PADI “Open Water Diver”

  • Price $259 (student needs to complete training below)
    • Classroom – Modules 4 & 5
    • Confined Water Dives 4 & 5
    • Open Water Dives 3 & 4

Lake Maps – click links below for directions and info





* Visit Aquaventure Dive & Photo for additional information. Part 1 course fees include materials, classroom and pool training. Part 2 includes four training dives and certification processing fees.

Travel with us to any of our winter group travel destinations and we will finish your Part 2 training FOR FREE in warm ocean waters!  If you already have travel plans, you can complete part 1 of the course with us, and complete your dives almost anywhere in the world with another scuba instructor, fees vary by location.

Cancelation Policy – Course fees are due upon class enrollment to guarantee your space in the class.  Class fees are non-refundable within 14 days of the class start date and are non-transferable within 7 days of class start time.  One transfer is allowed for a fee of $90.  All course fees are forfeited if you do not attend.

What you Need

Aquaventure provides most of the scuba gear you need, but students must have their own mask, snorkel and fins. Our retail specialist can help you choose these items according to your personal fit and budget.

Buy a qualifying set of scuba gear (BCD, regulator, alt air source, computer, bag) before or during your Open Water Part 1 class and receive your Part 1 for FREE (up to a $249 value).

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Next Adventure

The PADI specialty courses or the Advanced Open Water Diver certification course.


  • Be at least 10 years old
  • To complete your Open Water certification (check out) dives, you must have completed Part 1.

Aquaventure Dive & Photo instructors will not allow you into the water until the proper documents have been completed and signed.

Required Course Forms