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)

The above list is limited to the next 5 courses. Please visit the upcoming courses page for more. There may be additional courses to those listed here 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.

"What can I say?

I’ve waited nearly 8yrs to do this course because other commitments prevented me. Now finally got there. From start to finish Rob / Simon and all the guys helping us through and being firm when required. Very patient to explain parts not understood at first.

Our fellow students in the group were all fantastic. Thank you for your support and I will see you soon.

PS - Anyone thinking of doing a course, these guys are the best. Many thanks - John. "

From John Foley, course taken October 2019

"Just finished my open water course with Rob, Simon and the rest of the team.This is a great scuba centre to learn to dive with. Very helpful an very patient.

We were made to feel relaxed from the start in the theory sessions to the pool and then the open water sessions at NDAC. Highly recommended."

From Paul Foley, course taken October 2019

"10/10 dive school, highly recommend.

Rob Sutherland is an amazing instructor. Simon also was brilliant as was the rest of the team.

The Classroom work was fun and firm with the learning aspect.

As an amputee learning to dive I was very nervous about getting in the water, but Rob and the team made some adjustments to the practical processes and made me feel safe all times.

The students were a good friendly bunch and gelled well.

Highly recommend Cardiff Scuba. I will be doing further courses with them. "

From Jamie Hayman, course taken October 2019

"Well structured classroom course delivered by Simon, who had plenty of time to reinforce the knowledge needed for the theory exam. Alternative learning material provided in the form of a book and DVD’s to assist all learning needs.

I was lucky to have my practical tuition led by a large Scottish chap called Rob, who was extremely knowledgeable and who was both firm and fun.

Rob made me remember important factors in what is a very serious hobby.

I highly recommend Cardiff Scuba for anyone at any level. In fact I would score them 11/10.

High standard of equipment provided and excellent value for money.

Above all I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with them.

P.S. please can I have some discount on a pair of goggles 😎.

I will keep in touch. "

From Sion, course taken August 2019

"Big thanks to Rob, Simon and the team for guidance through the course. It was much more challenging than I thought but their patience and professionalism were first class. Big thanks to all."

From Paul Evans, course taken August 2019

"From start to finish of this Open Water course I felt in exceptionally safe and in experienced hands.

Rob and his team are amazing- they not only ensure you know everything you need to know about diving - they also ensure you can do everything practically before your first Open Water dive.

Your safety with this team is paramount. You are told so many more things than you can learn from a book. Your given the knowledge of a team who have completed many hundreds of dives and if you are unsure they explain and show you exactly what to do to give you the confidence to complete your dives.

Not only have I come away with confidence and more knowledge than I thought I would have, I also come away with memories of an incredibly fun and informative couple of days

I would recommend Cardiff Scuba to everyone as the experience is simply incredible."

From Shaun Townsend, course taken August 2019

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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.