PADI Open Water Diver Course
PADI Open Water Diver is the first scuba certification level. One of our highly-trained PADI Instructor will teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment.
By the end of the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home or abroad and be an ambassador for the underwater world.
There are 3 steps you need to complete in order to become a certified diver:
- STEP 1: Knowledge development
- STEP 2: Confined Water Dives
- STEP 3: Open Water Dives
STEP 1. Knowledge Development
The Knowledge Development portion of the course is designed so you can learn at your own pace and when it’s convenient for you. This part of your course will teach you the basic principles of scuba diving, and you will cover things like basic dive theory, equipment, skills and dive planning.
If you want to complete this step first and upgrade to the rest of the course later on, you can book the PADI Open Water Diver eLearning separately here!
STEP 2. Confined Water Dives
Develop and practice scuba skills in a pool under direct instructor supervision. As you learn new skills, you’ll build the abilities and confidence needed for diving in open water, such as in a quarry or the ocean.
You will complete 2 pool sessions altogether, including a drysuit orientation, which will prepare you for using a drysuit during your open water dives.
STEP 3. Open Water Dives
Get ready to experience everything you’ve learned with the freedom of open water! You will do 4 open water dives altogether, plus one additional dive if you choose to complete the drysuit specialty.
Our open water training dives are usually held at Wrasbury Dive Centre or Vobster, check out the links to learn more about this great dive sites!
As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your instructor, you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, ready to embark on unforgettable adventures!
Other Course Options
PADI Open Water Referral
The PADI Open Water Referral Course is great way for those who want to dive abroad. It allows you to complete all your theory and pool modules in your own time at home. This option then allows you to complete you open water dives at a PADI dive centre abroad. For more information Click Here
PADI Open Water Referral Upgrade
The PADI Open Water Referral Upgrade is great way for those who have completed a referal course. It allows you to complete all your open water dives in your own time at home. For more information Click Here
The Learning Materials
PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it's convenient for you. It's your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.
eLearning time commitment: 4-5 Hours
The Scuba Gear You Use
The fit and comfort of your personal equipment are key to having an enjoyable diving experience. As a minimum, we will need your own mask, snorkel. Our friendly staff will help you select gear that’s right for you when you’re ready to get your own equipment.
We will provide all your core scuba diving equipment during your course including:
- Buoyancy Device
- Scuba Cylinder
- Integrated Weight System & Weights (As needed)
- Scuba Diving Computer
- Scuba Diving Fins
- Drysuit & Undersuit (if required)
During your course, we will include FREE rental of all of the above core dive gear items only. You will be required to collect your core dive gear prior to the open water training dives from us
To take this course, you must be 15 years old (or 10 years old for Open Water Diver certification).
Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.
Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.
If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).
You will not be able to participate in any pool or open water sessions without confirming your fitness to dive.
Your Next Adventure
Once you completed PADI Open Water Diver, you'll want to check out Advanced Open Water Diver certification courses.
Enrol onto the course by making your purchase online through our website. You will then receive an email asking for some more details to get you registered and also offering some help to get you started with your online materials. After that, we will send you more details on logistics of your course, such where to be and when.
If you already know which of our upcoming course dates suits you best, please book these date if you are unsure simply give us a call to discuss this further.