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PADI Open Water Diver, Continued
    • Scuba Tune-Up/Refresher
    • Private Open Water Instruction
    • Course Schedule
    • Download the 2019 flier
 PADI Open Water Diver


If you've always wondered what lies beneath the surface, now's the time to find out! Start the journey of a lifetime with the PADI Open Water Diver course. It will change you forever!

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, your PADI Instructor takes you through the basics of learning how to scuba dive.

The course encompasses three phases: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Training Dives.

Knowledge Development This develops your familiarity with basic diving principles and procedures. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and what to consider when planning dives. You complete the Knowledge Development portion in one of the following ways:

Classroom setting: You complete the Knowledge Development on your own, reading each of five sections of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual and watching the corresponding section of the PADI Open Water Diver Video (which also previews skills you’ll practice in the pool). In a classroom environment with other students, we’ll briefly review what you’ve studied; a Y-kiki instructor will elaborate on the information, demonstrate the various pieces of equipment and quiz you for comprehension. At the end of the course, you take an exam to ensure you’ve got all the key concepts and ideas down.

OR…

eLearning: Whether you're on the go or want to take it slow, you can complete the Knowledge Development portion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course online with PADI eLearning.
It's a great match for an active schedule. With PADI eLearning, you have convenient online access to knowledge development course materials for one year. You’ll read and complete each of five sections of the manual online, watching corresponding video clips along the way and completing the final exam online. You'll join the class Friday night for orientation, take a quick quiz and get fitted for equipment.

Purchase an Online Course - eLearning (requires Flash and is not compatible with iOS mobile phones or tablets)

OR…

Touch: Start your diver education with the PADI Open Water Diver Touch on your tablet (available on the latest Android and Apple devices as well as your home computer). The Touch transforms the PADI Open Water Diver Manual into a truly interactive learning experience by incorporating all the knowledge development and video clips into one platform. You don't need an internet connection for knowledge development once you download the Touch so you'll have the flexibility to learn anywhere at any time. You will, however, need to go online to take the quizzes and access your online eLearning record. In addition, you'll join the class Friday night for orientation, take a quick quiz and get fitted for equipment.

Purchase an Offline Course - Touch (available on the latest Android and Apple devices)

Confined Water Dives This is what it’s all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills in a pool. Here you’ll learn everything from setting up your gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing. You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like securing air from an alternate air source – just in case.

Open Water Training Dives This is where you have fun putting it all together and fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives locally or at a more exotic destination on vacation with what is called a referral. Consider Y-kiki's Dry Suit Option! Dive dry and warm in one of our DUI Dry Suits and earn your Dry Suit Diver certification the same weekend you complete your PADI Open Water certification dives.

To continue your adventure, consider the Advanced Open Water class and be sure and sign up to receive information on our Local Diving Adventures Group more commonly known as the Fun Diving Club. It's an opportunity to join Y-kiki's experienced staff and other local divers at a nearby dive site for diving, fellowship and fun. Diving makes better divers... so let's go diving!

Prerequisites: 10 years old for Junior Open Water Diver and 15 years old for Open Water Diver. Good health, reasonable fitness and comfort in the water.A Medical Questionnaire must be completed by all participants. Some participants may require their Physician’s approval prior to any in-water activities.

*Required equipment:
To ensure a successful experience, each student must own their own scuba quality Mask, Snorkel, Fins and Boots prior to class. We provide each student with a $100 rebate to be used toward the purchase of these four items. Y-kiki staff will work with each student to ensure the best purchase. We’ll explain features, describe differences between brands and styles – and be mindful of your budget.

Cost summary:
Full certification: $465. Referral: $365.

Referral: Going on vacation and want to learn to dive? Why waste vacation time sitting in a classroom? Complete your knowledge development sessions (traditional classroom setting, eLearning or Touch) and confined open water dives with Y-kiki Divers and then complete your open water training dives on vacation with another PADI dive center.

Open Water Training Dives only: If you’ve completed your knowledge development sessions and confined open water dives with another Dive Center and only need your four open water training dives to complete your certification, this option is for you. Cost is $150. Includes equipment rental (excluding mask, fins, snorkel and boots) and certification fees.

Dry Suit Option: Dry Suits keep you warm and dry (actually it's the undergarment!). Since water wicks away our body temp much faster than if our body were surrounded by air, the solution to staying warmer is to wear a dry suit and an appropriate undergarment. Don't let our colder water stop you from diving! Dive a Dry Suit, stay warm, dive often. Do all your training dives using one of our dry suits and become PADI Dry Suit certified the same weekend you do your Open Water Diver certification dives.

Y-kiki's Dry Suit option includes the PADI Dry Suit Crew Pak, an orientation classroom session, one additional pool session for practice, use of our rental dry suit throughout your certification dives, one additional dive following your certification dives and your certification fees.

This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification. Take the Master Scuba Diver Challenge!

Scuba Tune-Up: A little rusty? Been awhile since you’ve pulled out your dive tables? Take a Scuba Tune-Up with Y-kiki Divers and review basic scuba skills. Dust off your gear and bring it to class. We’ll inspect it for potential maintenance concerns. Cost is $100 and includes a PADI refresher workbook, classroom and pool sessions. Includes equipment rental (excluding mask, fins, snorkel and boots).

Our regularly scheduled Creve Coeur classes typically meet on Sundays. Scuba Review classroom and ReActivate sessions begin at 11 a.m. at the store and then we head to Ladue High School pool from 1 to 3 p.m. Reservations, paperwork and payment required. Call to sign up.

Our regularly scheduled South County classes typically meet in evenings during the week. Scuba Review classroom and ReActivate sessions begin at 6 p.m. and then we head to the South County YMCA pool from 8-10 p.m. Reservations, paperwork and payment required. Call to sign up.

Scuba Tune-Up Creve Coeur
Scuba Tune-Up South County

Dec. 9, 2018

Dec. 12, 2018

Get started right away and complete the review online with PADI Scuba Tune-Up.

Private Open Water Scuba Diver Course: Contact Valerie Elliott at 314-469-8722 for more details.

>>Download the 2019 flier<< 

 Open Water Class Schedule


Creve Coeur Class Times:
For Weekend Classes, we begin Friday night classroom at
6:30 p.m. We will head to the Whispering Hills pool around 8:30 or 9 p.m. to complete the watermanship skills. Be sure and bring your swim suit and towel! Saturday & Sunday classroom starts at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. We break for lunch and meet at Ladue High School pool from Noon to 5 p.m.

South County Class Times: For Weekend Classes, we begin Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at the South County Family YMCA lobby where we’ll complete the watermanship skills. Be sure and bring your swim suit and towel! We’ll return to Y-kiki South County and wrap-up around
9:30 p.m. Saturday classroom starts at 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. We break for lunch and meet at the South County Family YMCA pool from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday classroom starts at
8 a.m. until 10 a.m. We break for lunch and meet at the South County Family YMCA pool from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For Weeknight Classes, we meet either Tues./Thurs. or Mon./Wed. from
6-8 p.m. and then head over to the South County Family YMCA pool from 8-10 p.m. each night for 5 weeknight sessions.

PLEASE NOTE: These times are guidelines only and will be adjusted if needed at Y-kiki's discretion.

**NOTE: Nov. 1 - Mar. 31, the Dry Suit Option for local dives is required.

 Creve Coeur
(Class & Pool)
 South County
(Class & Pool)

 
2018:
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Dec. 14 – 16
Dec. 28 – 30

2019:
Jan. 11-13
Jan. 25-27
Feb. 8-10
Feb. 22-24
Mar. 8-10
Mar. 22-24
April 5-7
No Class – EASTER
May 3-5
May 17-19
May 31-June 2
June 14-16
June 28-30
July 12-14
July 26-28
Aug. 9-11
Aug. 23-25
Sept. 6-8
Sept. 20-22
Oct. 4-6
Oct. 18-20
Nov. 1-3
Nov. 15-17
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Dec. 13-15
Dec. 27-29


 
2018:
Dec. 7 9
Dec. 21 23

2019:
Jan. 4-6
Jan. 18-20
Feb. 1-3
Feb. 15-17
Mar. 1-3
Mar. 15-17
Mar. 29-31
April 12-14
April 26-28
May 10-12
May 24-26
June 7-9
June 21-23
July 5-7
July 19-21
Aug. 2-4
Aug. 16-18
Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Sept. 13-15
Sept. 27-29
Oct. 11-13
Oct. 25-27
Nov. 8-10
Nov. 22-24
Dec. 6-8
Dec. 20-22

Weeknight Classes:
2019:
June 11, 13, 18, 20 & 25
July 15, 17, 22, 24 & 29
Aug. 13, 15, 20, 22 & 27


Dive Weekends (Sat. & Sun.) in 2019
Every weekend from April 27 & 28 through Oct. 26 & 27 weather permitting.
Other weekends available on request with a Drysuit add-on and a min. of 4 students.

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