PADI Open Water Diver
What is it?
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular diver training program in the world and your ticket to a lifetime of adventure. As a certified PADI Open Water Diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional.
The PADI Open Water Diver qualification is recognised in more countries around the world than any other and is your ticket to dive charters, resort diving, equipment rentals and opportunities to expand your diving skills through PADI’s Advanced and Speciality programs.
Once you have your PADI Open Water Diver qualification it is yours for life. If you don’t dive for a period you just need to compete a quick Scuba Review get back up to speed and back into diving.
Who can take part?
Virtually anyone in good health who is reasonably fit and comfortable in the water can complete the PADI Open Water Diver Course. You must be able to swim a minimum of 200 metres and tread water/float for ten minutes. You will have to complete a medical declaration prior to starting the course and if you have any medical conditions that may be of concern, a medical certificate is required prior to starting any practical sessions.
Anyone from the age of 10 can complete the PADI Open Water Diver Course but if you are under 15 you will receive a Junior Open Water Diver qualification. There are some restrictions for younger divers once qualified with 10 and 11 year olds restricted to diving with a parent or PADI professional to a depth of 12 metres.
What does the course involve?
- Knowledge Development
You will read the PADI Open Water Diver Manual and watch the Open Water DVD’s and complete the five knowledge reviews. After completion of each section you will have a review session with your instructor and complete a quiz. This wil give you the basic principles and essential knowledge needed for safe and enjoyable diving.
- Confined Water Training
You will complete five confined water dives. During these sessions you will apply the dive principles you have learned and practice dive procedures and skills. These sessions will be conducted in a swimming pool.
- Open Water Training
You will complete four open water training dives. These complete your training by applying and further developing your knowledge and dive skills in an open water environment under your instructor’s supervision and guidance.
How long will it take?
We run the academic and confined water dives over five weeks. The open water dives can then be completed over two Sundays.
PADI Programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable to you. If you need extra time in the classroom, the pool or in open water we undertake to provide any extra training sessions required at no additional cost to yourselves.
Does all this sound great, but you don’t really want to dive in open water in the UK, or you don’t have time to complete the full course before your holiday? Are you going on holiday and want to learn to dive, but don’t want to spend valuable days of your holiday in the classroom and swimming pool learning basic skills? Then the PADI Open Water Diver Referral option could be perfect for you. This option allows you to complete all your theory and pool training with us as a nice relaxed pace before you go on holiday. You then have 12 months during which time you can go to any PADI centre anywhere in the world to complete the open water part of the course and qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver.
How do I book a course?
We have courses running regularly throughout the year. Take a look at the course calendar for the next course dates. To book your place on the next course all we need is a £100 deposit. You will also need to get the course materials prior to commencing the course. You can either call in the shop to pay your deposit and collect the course materials, download the course booking forma and send it to us or simply ring us quoting your credit card number and we can post out the course materials to you (postage charged at cost).
PADI Open Water Diver full course: £450*
PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course: £300*
Upgrade from Scuba Diver to Open Water Diver: £199
*includes the PADI Open Water Diver Manual, DVDs, a PADI logbook and an electronic PADI RDPml dive planner and is required for both the referral and full course.
The course fees include provision of any equipment required, all tuition fees and certification fees to PADI. Entry fees and transport to dive sites are not included.