PADI Open Water Diver (OWD)

This course is the complete beginner course. The Open Water Diver course teaches you all of the basics of scuba diving over 3/4 days and will allow you to gain a certification to dive anywhere in the World independently to a maximum depth of 18m.

Theory and practical sessions


You will complete all five chapters of the PADI Open Water Manual and DVD, including learning to use a Dive computer for planning your own dives. At the end of each chapter there is a “knowledge review” to ensure that you have understood the information. Your instructor will assist you with this and administer a short quiz, then final exam. This is not meant to test you, all of the questions are multiple choice, it is to ensure that you understand the information. If there are any gaps in your knowledge your instructor will ensure that you understand before moving on.

Practical sessions

Confined sessions

Your instructor will demonstrate basic scuba skills to you in either a swimming pool or shallow bay which you will then practice. Only once these skills have been mastered will you move on to Open Water training. You will complete 5 confined water segments (usually in two or more sessions).

Open water sessions

Once you have mastered all of the skills in shallow water, your instructor will take you on 4 dives to a maximum depth of 12m (for the first 2) and 18m (for the second 2) where some of the skills will be repeated in deeper water to ensure that you are fully confident. After these, your instructor will guide you around the underwater world showing you the sites that exist below the surface!