scuba diver in deep blue sea
You’ve probably heard people refer to themselves as a “scuba diver” or a “PADI driver,” but the actual and correct term for the most common PADI certification, “open water diver” is used less frequently. The “open water” part differentiates it from a lessor included certification called “PADI Scuba Diver”. (More on that in a moment.) To confuse matters further, other agencies use different terms for their equivalent open water course. You may hear “Basic diver”,