During the open water dives you learn by applying the knowledge and skills you pick up during your independent learning and in the confined ater dives, plus you'll develop some new abili ties that you can't practically learn in confined ater. You'll also have time to explore and get to know the underwater world with your instructor guiding you.

Your instructor will probably make recom-nendations about preparing for your open water lives, such as what to wear, whether you need sunscreen, etc. Ask the PADI professionals at your local dive centers and resorts for assistance when purchasing equipment. Pay attention to these details - your instructor knows your local dive environment well and is trying to nelp you avoid problems and have an enjoyable experience.

If you're prone to seasickness and will be div-ng from a boat, consult your physician as neces-sary regarding an appropriate seasick-ness medication. Seasickness can ruin an otherwise fabulous outing - but for most people it is easy to prevent. You don't have to let seasickness come between you and enjoying your first underwater adventure.

You don't have to be an athlete to dive, but it is a physical activity. You'll have a lot more fun if you've rested and eaten adequately before your open water dives.