Experienced educators providing meticulous planning, stellar communication, patience, and flexibility are what set OCD Divers apart from the competition. In the OCD Divers spirit, this page is designed to give you comprehensive details of on how each phase will work, and please don't ever hesitate to contact us with any questions.
The open water course is divided into four sections: 1. knowledge development, 2. skills development in a pool, 3. open water dives at the lake, and 4. optional continuing education. You will also find information on gear and, youth diving information, and a sample syllabus.
For knowledge development, there are two options, books with classroom (via Zoom or in-person), or eLearning.
1a. Book/Classroom Version: The first knowledge development option is the traditional book and video version. Students receive a crew pack with a book and dive log. We loan each family a DVD to watch the videos. Class begins with independent study. Students read all five chapters and complete the knowledge reviews at the end of the chapters. This will take about six to ten hours to complete at home and we encourage families to do this together. Once independent study is complete, we will get together for about a three hour classroom session via Zoom, at your group's local location, or at our Colleyville classroom. Scheduling flexibility is a key reason to take your class with OCD Divers. When together virtually or in person, we will review the five end-of-chapter knowledge reviews, ensure understanding, take a quiz for chapters one through four, and a final exam after chapter five. A passing score is at least 70% on each quiz and the final. We discuss each missed question to ensure understanding, so if anyone needs to retake a quiz or test, they are fully prepared.
1b. eLearning Version: The second knowledge development option is to use PADI's eLearning system, which is only $100 more. It is an interactive learning program completed on computers, tablets, and smart phones at one's own pace. We strongly urge eLearning for 10 or 11 year old's, anyone who gets stressed over tests in a classroom, or busy adults, so they can learn in bite-sized segments at their own pace. Students pay for the e-learning with OCD Divers and we register them. Please do not register directly with PADI because we cannot control pricing that way. E-learners complete all knowledge development segments online and just take a quick quiz with us before confined water dives.
Next we begin skills development in our pool in Colleyville. We will start with swim tests of 200 yards swimming continuously at any pace and a 10 minute tread/float. We work with up to eight students at a time, so if you have a large group, we will split into multiple teams at different times. Expect two sessions of about three hours in the pool plus 20 minutes to set-up before we start and another 20 minutes at the end to break-down, rinse, and hang gear to dry. We will learn each skill to be ready for the next phase, open water dives. Pool sessions are typically completed on weeknights starting at 5:00 or 5:30 but we can work with you to schedule during a weekday. Weekends are sometimes available, when we're not at the lake. Once again, flexibility in scheduling is a benefit of working with us!
For our dives, we will go to The Scuba Ranch in Terrell. Students are responsible for Scuba Ranch entry fees, weight/tank rental, and air fills, as needed. Please see The Scuba Ranch's website for current pricing. We normally do Open Water dives one through three on either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning and Open Water Dive four on either Saturday or Sunday. The Scuba Ranch is also open Wednesday and Thursday from 10-6 if your group can go during a weekday. Just like scheduling knowledge development and pool sessions, OCD Divers' flexibility is a benefit of working with us!
By taking more courses during your open water weekend, you save money and time. Scuba gear use is included with Open Water Diver classes, so you don't have to rent scuba gear and since you can do two more training dives the day of your fourth open water dive, you save a day of entry fees at The Scuba Ranch. You save time because you'll reduce at least one trip to the lake by taking another course when you're already there!