Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you met the course requirements. Dive centres and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. 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.
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 gives you the option to complete all the knowledge development (theory work at home in your own time. All the knowledge reviews, quizzes and exam will be marked online as you progress through the course. Once completed you contact us and we book you on for the pool and open water sections. This is a great option for those with limited time or for people who require a bit of extra flexibility. NOTE: This option is slightly more expensive as you purchase the E Learning direct from PADI ( approx £160 ) & then pay Go Dive for the practical side of the course ( £299 )
A minimum of five confined water dives (pool sessions) are required to complete the course. During these sessions, held at Queens Leisure Centre in Derby, your instructor will explain and demonstrate to you the skills necessary for you to dive safely. You will then demonstrate your mastery of these skills. Skills you will learn in confined water include how to clear a flooded mask and how to hover motionless in mid-water.
Although a minimum of five confined water dives are required, we understand that people learn at different paces. Therefore, if you or your instructor think that you would benefit from additional sessions then these are included in the price of your course.
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 the skills and procedures learnt in the pool, you will also experience diving in the real world with fish and wrecks.
On successful completion of these dives, you will be a PADI Open Water Diver.
We will provide all the equipment you need for the training. Unlike most dive centres all our students learn with Oceanic Dive computers and with the option for dry suits as standard.
To enrol in a PADI Open Water course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be at least 10 years old (for referral) or at least 12 years old for the complete option. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required, but you can try it first through the Discover Scuba Diving program
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.
For those people who would rather complete the Open Water Dives elsewhere (often warm tropical waters). All five 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.
The flexi option is great if you work on a shift pattern and cannot commit to consecutive Thursday evenings. You ‘give us’ 5 Thursday dates ( ie 2 consecutive Thursdays, miss 2 weeks, 1 more Thursday, miss 1 etc ) and we work around you. The extra cost is for the flexibility it allows. The Stoney Cove sessions will still be on the scheduled dates in our calendar.