SSI Open Water Diver

scuba diving course in Gozo

Learn how to safely dive up to 18m!
Earn an internationally recognized certificate!

Scuba diving course in Gozo. SSI Open Water Diver Course in Gozo.

4-5 days

depending on the group size and your capabilities

min 10 years old

children aged 10-11 dive up to a depth of 12m

small groups

max 4 people, unless you decide otherwise

global SSI standards


What does a scuba diving course in Gozo look like?

Our scuba diving course in Gozo consists of thre parts: diving knowlege, practical exercises in shallow water and dives in open water.


The knowledge part is based on an accessible digital textbook that you can read on your computer or in an app on your cell phone. We can make it available to you even before you arrive, to give you more time to process the knowledge.

Each chapter of the manual ends with review questions to help you find out if you understand everything. In addition, you also have our instructors to discuss the most important issues with you and clarify any doubts. Finally, you still have to take an exam, but for those who have read the textbook, this is usually just a formality.

Shallow water exercises

The practical part consists of 6 classes in shallow water, in one of our bays. There you will learn the most important diving skills and practice them, so they become your second nature. After each of the practical parts, if the remaining air permits, we will also take you on a short dive to help you consolidate your newly acquired skills.

Open water dives

Once you have learned all the required skills in shallow water, we will move a little deeper – 10 to 12m. There we will focus on using these skills in practice, during dives, and practice some basic emergency scenarios. All this is done to teach you to dive well and safely.

In the last two days we will focus on dives up to 18m and try to show you how beautiful our island is underwater. We hope you’ll love diving as much as we do, and once you’ve completed your scuba diving course in Gozo, you’ll keep diving.

Why learn with Diveworld Gozo?

Frequently Asked Questions about the SSI Open Water Diver Course

What is the Open Water Diver Course?

The Open Water Diver Course is an entry-level scuba diving certification that allows individuals to dive independently with a buddy to a maximum depth of 18 meters (60 feet). It is the most widely recognized scuba diving certification in the world.

To enroll in the Open Water Diver Course, you typically need to be at least 10 years old and in good health. You also need to be able to swim.

The course duration can vary. It consists of a combination of classroom sessions or on-line study, confined water (pool) training, and at least four open water dives. The entire course can typically be completed in 3 to 5 days.

You’ll learn essential scuba diving skills, including buoyancy control, mask clearing, regulator recovery, and emergency procedures. The course also covers dive planning, dive tables or dive computer usage, and underwater communication.

The cost varies depending on the dive centre or training agency. It typically includes instructional materials, equipment rental, certification fees, and open water dives. Prices can range from a few hundred to over a thousand euros. At Diveworld Gozo it costs €500.

Yes, the Open Water Diver Course is designed for beginners. No prior diving experience is necessary. However, if you are not sure if scuba diving is for you, we recommend one of our introductory diving programmes.

Since the Open Water Diver Course is and entry level diving course, most diving centres include equipment rental in the price. However, some people may want to buy their own basic scuba diving gear, such as a mask, snorkel and fins.

Yes, the Open Water Diver certification is recognized globally, as long as it is issued by one of major diving agencies, such as SSI, PADI, NAUI, SDI, etc. At Divewrold Gozo we certify all courses with SSI.

Some medical conditions may require approval from a doctor before participating in scuba diving. It’s essential to complete a medical questionnaire, and if necessary, consult with a doctor to ensure it’s safe for you to dive.

The Open Water Diver Course is the basic certification, while the Advanced Open Water Diver Course or Advanced Adventurer is the next level. The Advanced course builds on the skills learned in the Open Water course and introduces new skills focussed on diving in different conditions and environments.

What's next after the SSI Open Water Diver course?

The Open Water Diver course is only the beginning of your underwater adventure. See what else you can do to gain more skills and experience.

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