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PADI Dive Training

Open Water Diver ( Learn To Dive )

So you want to be a certified diver? Then the PADI Open Water Course is the way forward.

You will learn what you need to know to become a certified diver.

During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at a local dive site under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.


All of our Open water students learn with Oceanic dive computers - The same applies to Advanced & Specialities.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (study at home and in the classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving.
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills.
  • Open Water Dives to put your skill into practice in the real world.

Knowledge Development

The Knowledge Development part of the course is carried out partly at home and partly in Go Dive’s dedicated classroom.

At home you will read the PADI Open Water Diver manual and complete quick quizzes and end of chapter Knowledge Reviews.

In the classroom your Instructor will provide an overview of each chapter and check how you did in the Knowledge Reviews, to ensure you know how and when to use the information in actual diving circumstances. You will also see a live action video which reviews the information in each chapter which also previews your confined water (pool) training.

E Learning Option

( Click here to take you to PADI E Learning sign up )

E Learning gives you the option to complete all the knowledge development ( theory work ) at home in your own time. All the knowledge reviews, quizzes & exam will be marked online as you progress through the course. Once completed you contact us and we book you on for the pool & Open water sections. This is a great option for those with limited time or want a bit of flexibilty.

Confined Water Dives

A minimum of five confined water dives (pool sessions) are required to complete the course. During these sessions at Queens leisure centre in Derby, your instructor will explain and demonstrate to you the skill necessary for you to dive safely. You will then show your mastery of these skills. Skills you will learn in confined water include, for example, how to clear a flooded mask and how to hover motionless in mid-water.

Although a minimum of five confined water dives required, we understand that people learn at different paces. Therefore, if you instructor thinks that you would benefit from additional sessions, these are included in the price of your course.

Open Water Dives

Four open water dives are required to complete the PADI Open Water Diver course, with Go Dive these take place at the National Diving Centre at Stoney Cove in Leicestershire.

These dives usually take place over a single weekend, with two dives on the Saturday and two on the Sunday.

As well as these dives being an opportunity for you to show your instructor your mastery of some of the skills and procedures learned in the pool, you will also experience diving in the real world with things like fish and sunken wrecks to look at.

On successful completion of these dives, you will be a PADI Open Water Diver.

Course Options

The following options and upgrades are available at Go Dive:

Scheduled Open Water Course - £299. ( £249 for E Learning option )

This is the standard Open Water Course offered by Go Dive. It typically takes place over a period of 5 weeks (usually on a Thursday evening). The weekly knowledge development sessions start in the classroom at 6.30pm, later moving onto Queens Leisure pool for the confined water dives. At the end of the fifth week the open water dives are held over the weekend, at Stoney Cove.

Referral Course ( Inc E Learning ref )- £199.

For those people who would rather complete the Open Water Dives elsewhere (often warm tropical waters). All 5 Knowledge Development sessions and Confined Water dives are completed with Go Dive. On completion of these sections you can then complete your 4 open water dives at any PADI dive centre in the world. The Referral option is often favoured by people who have a holiday booked or are planning a holiday overseas.


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