Upon completion of the course you will receive a certification to dive anywhere in the world with a certified buddy independently from a professional, to a recommended depth no deeper than 18m (12m for 10 & 11 year old). You can now join daily diving trips from locations all over the world.
The course is made up of 5 theory sessions of self-study, 5 dive skill sessions in confined water to practice skills (normally in a pool) and 4 open water dives from the boat where you will practice your skills in the ocean and for the first-time experience what the amazing underwater world has to offer. You will also be asked to complete water skills to check your fitness in the water, including a 10-minute float and a 200m/200yd swim.
You should expect to use approx. 20-25 hours in total in 2 to 3 days. This includes reading, understanding and going over the theory and all the exercises you must complete in the five dives as well as the fitness tests.
It is possible to do the theory online via PADI’s eLearning portal: insert special Dive Life link
This is quick and easy with only small classes (4 students per instructor). You will maximise your learning while giving you great flexibility.
The itinerary for the eLearning course is:
|Day 1||8:30am to 5:30pm||Confined Water Session 1-5 & Open Water Dive 1|
|Day 2||8:15am to 3:00pm||Open Water Dives 2, 3 & 4|
Traditional Option (manual, DVD and Class room)
Sign up on line and come in or have us post out your theory work (Manual & DVD). You watch the DVD and read the manual in your own time. After that you need to come in and do a days theory.
|Day 1||10:30am to 3:30pm||Theory Session|
|Day 2||8:30am to 5:30pm||Pool Session 1-5 & Open Water Dive 1|
|Day 3||8:15am to 3:00pm||Open Water Dives 2, 3 & 4|
Please note: You must wait 18 hours after diving before flying so you cannot fly until 9 am the day after the course ends.
Prerequisites for learning to dive
- Be at least 10 years old
- Have adequate swimming skills
- Be in good physical health
- Download and complete the following required forms:
• PADI Medical Statement (PDF) (Note: The Medical Statement ONLY needs to be signed by a physician if you answer any medical question with a ‘YES’)
• Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement (PDF)
• Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding (PDF)
Additional requirements for children 10-11 years old:
In addition to the forms listed above, each participant and their legal guardian must read and provide a signed copy of the
- Youth Diving Responsibility and Risks Acknowledgment (PDF)
- View the Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risk Video Click here to view video