Here's a preview of the skills and procedures you'll practice during your first two Open Water Dives. The sequence within each dive will vary, depending on the logistics, and your instructor may sequence some skills in different dives. Before each dive, your instructor will brief you about what you're going to do and when, along with other information you need for the dive, like communication signals, an environmental orientation, emergency procedures, safety rules, and so on Open Water Dive 1 introduces you to the skills you'll use on virtually all dives, to the experience of exploring underwater, and to the differences between confined water and open water. Open Water Dive 2 expands on this, plus you'll practice some of the skills you've mastered during the confined water dives.

Open Water Dive 1 
Overview
Briefing
Equipment preparation
Don and adjust equipment
Predive safety check
Controlled descent (max 12m/40ft)
Underwater exploration
Ascent
Exit
Debrief and long dive

Open Water Dive 2
Overview
Briefing
Equipment preparation
Don and adjust equipment
Predive safety check
Entry
Buoyancy/weight check