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Open Water Diver (UK Qualifying Dives)

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About Your Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular and recognised scuba diving certification. It has introduced millions of people from around the world to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Once qualified as an open water diver you will have a life-long open water certification that enables you to dive around the world to a maximum depth of 18m.

This course option is designed for individuals who have completed PADI Open Water Referral part the academic and confined water (pool) training portion of the PADI Open Water Diver course, with the UK Diving Academy or another PADI Dive Centre or Resort.

Once you've successfully completed the open water dives, our PADI instructors will verify your skills and issue your PADI Open Water Diver certification. This certification allows you to dive independently with a buddy to a maximum depth of 18 meters (60 feet) in conditions similar to or better than those in which you were trained in, meaning you will be to dive at home or abroad and be an ambassador for the underwater world.

What Your Learn

You have already learnt about scuba diving principles and terminology, and the basic scuba skills in a pool with a highly trained PADI Instructor. Now it’s time for you to make four dives in an open water environment here in the UK, with one of the Uk Diving Academy PADI instructors you will be supported you every step of the way by our team.

How Do You Become A Qualified PADI Diver?

There are 3 steps to becoming a PADI Open Water diver:

Step. 1 Refresh Theory – if you have been out of the water for more than six months sign back on to your PADI account and you can go back over your theory on a PC, Mac or tablet.

Time Commitment 5-8 hours

Step. 2 Confined Water Training – If it has been more than six months since completion of your referral course, you must complete Enhanced Refresher Course before heading to Step 3

Time Commitment 5-6 hours

Step. 3 Open Water Dives - You will now complete your open water dives, with one of UK Diving Academy PADI Instructors who will verify your skills and issue your PADI Open Water Diver certification.

Time Commitment 2 Days

More Information

The PADI Open Water Course prerequisites:

  • Be able to swim, medically fit for diving, comfortable in the water
  • Minimum age: 10

During the Open Water Diver course, your instructor will ask you to:

  • ​Float or tread water without aids for 10 minutes
  • Swim 200 metres with no aids 

Divers certified between the ages of 10-14 earn a Junior Diver certification

Junior Open Water Divers automatically become Open Water Divers at age 15. Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased the day after the diver's 15th birthday will automatically show an Open Water Diver (not Jr. Open Water Diver) certification.

Children eight or older can try scuba diving in a pool. Ask us about a Bubblemaker experience or birthday party. Children who are comfortable in the water can participate in the PADI Seal Team program, a more in-depth pool diving experience.

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).

We will provide all your core scuba diving equipment during your course including:

During your course, we will include 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.

  • Course Tuition
  • Equipment hire
  • A full cylinder
  • E Certification card
  • Dive site entry from £15- £25 per day
  • Transportation (for you and your equipment) - (we will do our best to arrange lifts if needed)
  • Subsequent air fills on open water dives payable directly to site

Experience new adventures with a PADI Instructor by your side. PADI continuing education courses like Advanced Open Water Diver and Deep Diver will help you develop your skills as a diver. Learn more about PADI Specialty courses.

Not sure which specialty to try first? Try the Advanced Open Water Diver course, it's like a specialty sampler platter.

For further discounts & offers join Uk Diving Academy Dive Club.

How To Book

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 this date if you are unsure or can’t find a date that works for you simply give us a call to discuss this further.

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We also organise several holidays each year, UK and abroad, as well as shore dives off the UK coast and regular dive weekends to Vobster Quay. On top of all that there is also regular social events and activities including paintball, 'dry dives' in recompression chambers and regular club meetings.

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