Teaching St. Louis to scuba dive since 1989.
Two locations to serve you: West County and South County.


PADI Open Water Diver, Continued
    • Scuba Tune-Up/Refresher
    • Private Open Water Instruction
    • Course Schedule
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 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. 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.

Start your e-Learning today and complete the dives later.
Call the shop or click the banner below to purchase the e-Learning directly from PADI.

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 offer each student 25% off 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: $500. Referral: $375.

Referral: Going on vacation and want to learn to dive? Why waste vacation time sitting in a classroom? Complete your knowledge development sessions (eLearning) 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. 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/Reactivate: A little rusty? Been awhile since you’ve had to plan a dive? 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. Download the flier and schedule.

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

>>Download the 2021 flier<<

 Open Water Class Schedule

Class Times:
We begin Saturday morning classroom at 8 a.m. We will break for lunch and then meet at the Principia School pool from Noon to 5 p.m. On Sunday, we will meet at Principia School pool from Noon to 5 p.m.

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

(Class & Pool)
 South County
(Class & Pool)

2021 Weekend Classes:

April 24 & 25
May 8 & 9
May 22 & 23
June 5 & 6
June 19 & 20
July 3 & 4
July 17 & 18
July 31 & Aug. 1
Aug. 14 & 15
Aug. 28 & 29
Sept. 11 & 12
Sept. 25 & 26
Oct. 9 & 10
Oct. 23 & 24

Nov. 6 & 7
Dec. 4 & 5

2021 Weekend Classes:

April 10 & 11
May 1 & 2
May 15 & 16
May 29 & 30
June 12 & 13
June 26 & 27
July 10 & 11
July 24 & 25
Aug. 7 & 8
Aug. 21 & 22
Sept. 4 & 5
Sept. 18 & 19
Oct. 2 & 3
Oct. 16 & 17
Oct. 30 & 31

Nov. 20 & 21
Dec. 18 & 19

For Dive Weekends (Sat. & Sun.) in 2021
Every weekend starting April 24 & 25 through October 30 & 31.
Other weekends available on request with a Drysuit add-on and a min. of 4 students.

Executive Open Water Weekends
Y-kiki Divers also offers the Open Water course in an accelerated 3 day weekend format – Friday, Saturday & Sunday -- at Mermet Springs. We will conduct all the confined water skills AND the Open Water dives in those three days. Individuals that sign up for this option MUST be comfortable in the water and MUST have all their eLearning curriculum completed prior to the weekend. To ensure small instructor to student ratios, we only allow 4 students per weekend to complete the training in this format. There is a surcharge of $100 per diver if you choose this route.
June 11, 12 & 13, 2021
July 9, 10 & 11, 2021
August 20, 21 & 22, 2021
September 17, 18 & 19, 2021


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