FOR YOUR SAFETY & COMFORT OUR NEXT PADI OPEN WATER COURSE STARTS IN JANUARY 2021. THIS INCLUDES 5 CONFINED WATER SESSIONS ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, FOLLOWED BY 2 DAYS AT OPEN WATER ON THE LAST WEEKEND OF APRIL & FIRST WEEKEND IN MAY. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY FOR MORE INFORMATION BEFORE BOOKING.
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If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognised scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
What will you learn?
During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it an exciting, rewarding challenge.
The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts:
- Knowledge Development
- 5 Confined Water Dives (located on Friday evenings at The Dolphin Leisure Centre, Poole)
- 4 Open Water Dives (located over 2 Sundays at Vobster Quay, Frome)
Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment.
During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool. You’ll enjoy making one or more minidives, which take you through the same steps you follow when you make open water dives. To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives at a local dive site.
Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you met the course requirements. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll be trained to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It’s just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures.
Knowledge development and all exams must be completed before you arrive for your first confined water session.
Site/Boat entry fees and/or parking costs may apply - dependent on chosen location). These will be on a Sunday, if you're unable to make a Sunday please contact us to discuss possible alternative days before booking the course, there will be an extra charge for this.
Once all of the above is complete, you will qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver!
What scuba gear will you use?
All equipment and cylinder fills are included in the price of your course.
For your pool sessions you will need your normal swimwear and a t-shirt or rash guard over the top. You’re more than welcome to wear a wetsuit, we recommend no thicker than a long 3mm for the pool. You will need the same for your open water sessions, plus neoprene boots – we will provide a 6mm semi-dry wetsuit.
For hygiene reasons, we ask that each diver has their own Mask, Snorkel and Boots in preparation for your first in-water session. For Kit bundles, head to our Kit Bundles page