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.

"Rob, Julia and Simon are highly experienced, knowledgable and professional instructors who rapidly build confidence and never let you feel unsafe or out of your depth (pun intended).

It helps that they are also lovely people and make the course great fun! I look forward to diving with them again soon! "

From Alun Rees, course taken September 2017

"I had such a fantastic weekend and course learning to dive with Rob, Simon and Julia. The team are so much fun and there were lots of laughs while also being very professional, concise and safe.

I was slightly anxious to begin the course however Rob and Simon were very helpful and easing making sure I was happy and comfortable with all the skills and tasks that needed to be completed.

Couldn't recommend enough!"

From Becky Davies , course taken September 2017

"Great course with Rob and his team at Cardiff Scuba. They took us from nervous wannabes at the start of the theory session to confident divers at the end of the course.

Everyone was encouraging and friendly but made sure we got our core skills right.

I would thoroughly recommend Cardiff scuba to anyone thinking of doing their PADI training."

From Dafydd, course taken September 2017

"Cardiff Scuba was the perfect choice for learning to dive.

The teaching and practical experience were both very professional and fun, and the shop is very accommodating as I was able to have a flexible schedule for my open water dives.

I would recommend Cardiff Scuba for anyone learning to dive or continuing their diving experience. "

From Jessica Sweeney, course taken August 2017

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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.