PADI Open Water Course

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PADI Open Water Diver is the beginning of your diving adventure. It's also the most popular learn to dive certification, and one of the most recognised in the world.

The Open Water course introduces you to the aqautic world in safe, gradual manner, allowing you plenty of time to learn and then practice the skills that you'll go on to use again in the course, and many skills which will become second nature as you use them throughout your future diving life.

The PADI Open Water course consists of three segments:

  -Knowledge Development
  -Confined Water
  -Open Water Dives
Knowledge Development

During Knowledge Development, you'll learn about the aquatic world, and learn some of the theory that you'll put into practice when you get into the pool and the sea. This is done using PADI's Open Water manual and DVD. This is generally done independently before your course to allow you to learn at your own pace, and at a time that suits you.

In the manual, there are five knowledge reviews to be completed as you go through your reading. You should bring these along with you to the course. These recap what you've learned, allowing your instructor to identify any problem areas, or areas which need review. Knowledge Development is completed with a short exam covering everything you've learnt.

Confined Water dives
Confined Water

When you come along to the course, we start in the pool, with some watermanship exercises, before applying some of the theory that you've learned, before learning and practicing all the basic skills and signals that you'll go on to use in the sea. Learning takes place in stages - as you master one skill, we build upon it moving from simple to the more complex, as you become more comfortable in the water, till you've mastered them all.

When you've mastered each of the skills and signals, it's time to go to the sea...

Sea Turtlke Open Water Dives

Over the four Open Water Dives, you'll explore the underwater world for real, demonstrating and putting into the practice the skills you learned in the pool as you do. When you've successfully completed all four dives you'll be an internationally recognised PADI Open Water diver qualified to dive to 18m with a buddy.

We usually run our Open Water courses over two days:

-You complete your knowledge development, bringing your completed knowledge reviews along to the course
-On the first day we complete Confined Water, before going to the sea to complete your first Open Water dives
-After your first Open Water dive, we will complete the exam
-On the second day, we return to the sea to complete your last three open water dives

To take part in the Open Water you need to be:
-10 years or older (under 14's get the Junior Open Water certification)
-Able to swim 200m
-be able to complete the PADI medical questionnaire, and get an Australian national standard medical exam

On completion you'll be able to dive independently to 18m with a buddy.

Included in the course is:
  -PADI Open Water crewpack
  -Five Pool dives
  -Four Open Water dives
  -All equipment, except mask, fins & snorkel
  -Air fills
Not included:
  -Mask, fins & snorkel


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What's next?
Now that you've completed your Open Water, you can go on to do your Advanced Open Water, taking you to 30m and giving you a taste of five different types of diving.

Or perhaps try one of our Specialty Diver courses