PADI Openwater Diver

Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! In short, this is your beginner/entry level certificate that takes you from complete novice to qualified diver. It teaches you all you need to know to dive safely anywhere in the world up to a depth of 18 metres. The training agency for this course is PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community. Wherever you may travel in the world, you can always be sure that this diving certificate will be recognised.

Why PADI Openwater Diver?

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. Upon completion, this course leaves you with a certificate that is valid for life.

Upcoming Courses (back to top)

No courses organised at the moment, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How do I book myself on a course?

To book yourself on a course please select one of the courses above, send us a message, and we will get back to you to discuss further details.

Course Comments...

Below are comments from previous customers who have taken this course. If you have taken this course with us within the past six months please feel free to post your comments.

"Great fun course with "the good looking instructor"! I enjoyed every dive with Rob, also thanks the team :)"

From Lu, course taken January 2020

"The whole team are so knowledgable, friendly & reassuring.

I had the best time learning to dive with them & only wish I’d done it sooner! Can’t wait to start my advanced course.

I can’t recommend them enough! :)"

From Lucia Attanasio, course taken February 2020

"An extremely enjoyable course that was equally challenging and fun.

Rob and the rest of team not only made sure everyone felt comfortable and safe in the water, but also made sure we had a really fun time and enjoyed ourselves. They made sure the experience was exciting and ensured that we completed the course feeling confident in the water and ready to move up to the Advanced Open Water course.

A big thank you to Rob and the rest of the team for being such great instructors and all round awesome people😆"

From Elin Kirkwood, course taken February 2020

"Rob and all the crew made diving extremely enjoyable and fun even in cold water for the open water dives. I am truly grateful for all the knowledge the team have given me during the course and I thank them all so much for all their hard work."

From Alastair Kirkwood, course taken February 2020

"I have recently completed my PADI Open Water Divers Course and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

Some aspects of the course can be challenging but the staff are second to none, and go above and beyond to guide you through the whole course. Also the course was very informative and provides a strong foundation into the world of diving.

I’d like to say a big thanks to Rob, the director and instructor of Cardiff Scuba, for this amazing experience and I look forward to progressing further with Cardiff scuba."

From Tyron Toppar, course taken January 2020

"Great course, really enjoyed myself. Thanks to the instructors and can't wait to continue diving! "

From Rory , course taken January 2020

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Further information on PADI Openwater Diver (back to top)

What do I need to start?

There are no pre-requisits for enrolling on an Open Water Course. Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You must be older than the age of 12 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program. For those of you who are not above the age of 14 and would like to participate, then the PADI Junior Open Water Diver program is available to you. Once you have decided to enrol on a course we will supply you with the course materials and DVD to start taking a look at.

What will I do?

Throughout the course, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of scuba diving. This includes looking at some of the physics and psysiology of diving, the aquatic environment, the equipment we use and the skills and proceedures you need to know. To cover all of this material you will need to attend two theory (classroom sessions) and two pool sessions. You will then take all that you learn in these sessions and use it to complete your four Open Water Dives. PLEASE NOTE : This year we are introducing some extra catch-up pool sessions as part of our Open Water Courses. Usually held on Thursdays, these will offer the opportunity for students to have extra practice in the pool before their Open Water weekend. These are not mandatory sessions and will be suggested at the discretion of one of our instructional team. We think this serves as an example of our commitment to ensuring that everyone receives the time and attention needed to feel confident about their achievement upon completion.

How long will it take?

All courses start on a Tuesday evening with a theory session and will finish 13 days later on a Sunday afternoon when you complete your final dive in the open water.

What will I receive at the start of the course?

PADI Open Water Manual Log Book Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) Booklet for RDP Use Open Water DVD PLEASE NOTE : The DVD is lent to you for the duration of the course. All other items are included in course fees

What previous experience do I need?

None, start diving today. Participants will need to be able to swim 200 metres (no time limits) and tread water for 10 minutes.

What do the fees include?

All equipment required course All Pool costs Course Manual & Logbook Course Exams All air fills required for course All professional tuition Insurance costs while on the course.

What don't fees include?

Entry fee to dive site used for the Open Water dives Costs of transportation to and from dive sites

What's next?

Continue the adventure with PADIs Advanced Open Water programme. This is your next step in exploring the underwater world. It aims to build on your confidence and offer you new experiences, still under the guidance of one of our qualified professionals.