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.
Our PADI Open Water Referral consists of two segments:
- Knowledge Development
- Confined Water
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 Touch (or manual and DVD if you don't have access to a tablet device). 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.
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...
We run our Open Water in just one day in Brisbane:
- You complete your knowledge development, bringing your completed knowledge reviews along to the course
- We'll complete Confined Water in the pool.
- You are then eligible to complete the Open Water Dives with any PADI dive centre in the world.
To take part in the Open Water you need to be:
- 10 years or older (under 15's get the Junior Open Water certification)
- Able to swim 200m (or snorkel 400m)
- be able to complete the PADI medical questionnaire, OR get an Australian national standard medical exam
Included in the course is:
- PADI Open Water Manual & RDP, or Open Water Touch
- Five Pool dives
- All equipment, except mask, fins & snorkel
- Air fill & pool entry.
- Mask, fins & snorkel
Now that you've completed your Open Water knowledge development and confined water, you can go on to complete your Open Water dives with any PADI dive centre in the world.
Why not book a liveaboard through us to complete your dives on the amazing Great Barrier Reef?
Please note: all our courses are student-centred, and performance based, not time-based. We will provide opportunities as necessary for you to master all course components. Three days is based on an average time necessary to complete the knowledge development, all pool skills, and four open water dives. Because different people learn at different rates, additional time may be required for some people to comfortably meet the standard required for certification. Additional days (as required) are at additional cost.