PADI Open Water Diver Course

Various dates available

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognised scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

What will you learn?
To complete the PADI Open Water Diver course, you will have to complete 3 sections; Knowledge Development, Confined Water Sessions and Open Water Sessions.
Knowledge Development 
You will receive a code for the PADI Open Water Diver Touch. This is an eLearning platform/app available to use on mobile devices where you will gain knowledge and complete exams to monitor your progress. 
Knowledge development and all exams must be completed before you arrive for your first confined water session.  
Confined Water Sessions
You will complete 5 Confined Water Dives with practical skill development over 4 evenings. Pool sessions take place at The Dolphin Leisure Centre on Wednesday and/or Friday evenings.
Open Water Sessions
You will complete 4 Open Water Dives over 2 days at an open water site
(Site confirmed closer to date, Site/Boat entry fees may apply). These will be on a Sunday, if you're unable to make a Sunday you may be charged extra for other day/evening slots.
Once all of the above is complete, you will qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver!

What scuba gear will you use?

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.

For hygiene reasons, we ask that each diver has their own Mask, Snorkel and Boots in preparation for your first in-water session. For Kit bundles, head to our Kit Bundles page

When and where?

Click the "Book now" button above to find and book one of our upcoming sessions. 

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Unit 7, Elliott Road 

West Howe Industrial Estate

Bournemouth, Dorset

BH11 8JX


Phone: 01202 411911

Mobile: 07880 342515

Monday 8:30AM - 4:30PM 

Tuesday 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Wednesday 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Thursday 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Friday 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Saturday 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Sunday - Gone Diving



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