PADI Open Water Diving Course
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course
Become a certified Scuba Diver for depths of up to 18 meters!
In our Open Water Scuba Diving Course you will learn:
On completion of the Open Water course you will be certified as an Open Water diver licensed to dive to depths of 18 metres. The course comprises a theory element. During this you will learn how to plan to dive safely, the effect of increasing pressure as you dive deeper, the effect of buoyancy and how to control it. You will also learn about diving equipment and its maintenance. The course also includes some basic diver rescue techniques.
As part of the theory course you will complete some Knowledge Reviews and short quizzes. At the end you will need to sit a multi – choice examination before the Open Water element of the course.
At the same time as doing the theory you will also undertake your Confined Water training. This is normally undertaken in the swimming pool. You will have 6 hours training (normally organised over four or five sessions) in which you will learn how to breathe underwater using SCUBA and also be streamlined as you swim.
You will also learn how to perform essential skills such as face mask removal underwater and help another diver who may be low on air or who has cramp. The last element of the Confined Water training is an Orientation for Open Water session to get you ready for the Open Water part of the course.
The Theory and Confined Water sessions must be successfully completed before starting the Open Water training. The Open Water sessions comprise 4 dives normally spread over two weekends. During the dives you will have the opportunity to explore the underwater world. You will also learn how to enter and exit the water safely, as well as re-demonstrating some of the skills learnt in the swimming pool.
Everything you need is included in Welsh Diving's PADI open water course, including all dive equipment, air and required learning materials!
PADI Open Water Course FAQ's
Yes to complete the course you will need to do a 200 metre swim and a 10 minute water tread.
Use of all equipment including wetsuits is included in the course.
However if you would like to buy your own equipment then we run a dive shop and can give advice on the most suitable equipment for your needs.
You can view and order our full range of diving equipment in our online shop: https://www.welshdiving.co.uk/shop/
Yes PADI is recognised worldwide!
Once certified you will be licensed to dive to a depth of 18 metres. However it is always recommended that you always dive conservatively within that depth especially allowing for conditions.
You can always progress your diving skills by following the PADI continuing education pathway which is shown elsewhere on our website. Also we run a membership scheme with fun dives to keep you diving.
The minimum age to do the PADI Open Water course is 10 years. Divers of that age become Junior PADI Open Water divers until they are 15 years old.
We also run PADI Seals for divers aged 8 and 9 years.