PADI Open Water Dive 3

PADI Open Water – DVD

Info. below  is my personal interpretation so please double check with your centre before booking.  


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Equipment preparation

Don and adjust equipment

Predive safety check


Buoyancy/weight check

50 metre/yard straight line surface swim

with compass

Free descent with reference to 6-9 metres/20-30 feet

(max dive depth 18 metres/60 feet)

Buoyancy control – neutral buoyancy on bottom

fin pivot oral

Complete mask flood and clear


Buddy breathing – stationary and ascent from 6-9 metres/20-30 feet


Underwater exploration


Remove and replace weight system at the surface

Remove and replace scuba unit at the surface


Debrief and log dive


Performance Requirements:

During Open Water Dive 3 under instructor supervision the student will:

  • Listen to and participate in the briefing and dive planning session for the dive.
  • Prepare and with a buddy don and adjust scuba equipment with minimal instructor/staff assistance.
  • With a buddy perform the predive safety check.
  • Enter the water in the manner determined during the briefing.
  • Adjust the weight so that the student floats at eye level with an empty BCD and holding a normal breath.
  • Using the five point method descend in a controlled manner to 6-9 metres/20-30 feet using a visual reference only.
  • Achieve and maintain neutral buoyancy underwater by inflating the BCD orally.
  • Clear a mask that has been fully flooded.
  • Buddy breathe in a stationary position (optional).
  • Perform a buddy-breathing ascent from a depth of 6-9metres/20-30 feet (optional).
  • Explore underwater to gain experience.
  • Using the five point method ascend at a rate no faster than 18 metres/60 feet per minute while maintaining buddy contact.
  • Exit the water as determined during dive planning.
  • Attend the instructor’s debriefing.
  • Log the dive for instructor signature.