PADI Scuba Diver


What is it?

Short on time but want to become a certified diver? The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you. The course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course and results in a limited certification. Consider training as a Scuba Diver if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive guide or if you have limited time to devote to your scuba certification. The Scuba Diver certification is a good stepping stone to the PADI Open Water Diver Qualification.

The PADI Scuba 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 by going on to complete the full Open Water Diver qualification. Scuba Divers are only able to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional.

Once you have gained your Scuba Diver qualification it is yours for life. If you don’t dive for a period you can complete a short PADI Scuba Review to bring yourself up to date and get 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 Junior 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 to 14 can complete the PADI Junior Scuba Diver Course. From 15 you will complete the standard PADI Scuba Diver qualification.  Once you achieve the PADI Junior Scuba Diver qualification it is automatically upgraded to the full adult qualification once you reach 15.

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 three knowledge reviews. After completion of each section you will have a review session with your instructor and complete a quiz. This will give you the basic principles and essential knowledge needed for safe and enjoyable diving.

- Confined Water Training

You will complete three 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 two 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.

If you decide at a later date that you want to upgrade you qualification to become an Open Water Diver you just need to complete the remaining two knowledge development sessions, two confined water sessions and two open water dives to be come a fully qualified PADI Open Water Diver.

How long will it take?

We run the academic and confined water dives over three weeks.  The open water dives can then be completed over one Sunday and are normally conducted at a dive site called Capernwray which is a great site for your initial open water dives

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.

Referral Option

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 Scuba 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 Scuba 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 £75 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).

Course Prices


PADI Scuba Diver Full Course                           £300*

PADI Scuba Diver Referral Course                    £200*

*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.