PADI Open Water Diver course
Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
What do I need to do?
You can book a place on the Open Water Course by contacting us and letting us know when you want to start, or by simply purchasing a course on this website. To secure your place, payment is made at the time of booking. Once payment has been received by us, we will enroll you in the PADI eLearning program. You will receive a login via your email. There is some self-study for you to complete prior to starting the course.
How is the course run?
HOW IS THE COURSE RUN?
The Open Water Course has three main components run over two weekends.
Complete all of your dive theory at your own pace and in a time frame that suits you with PADI’s eLearning. Study at home where you will have access to interactive videos and quizzes making learning much more fun and engaging. Options are available for either PC or tablet (touch) versions of eLearning. Want to do it old school? Don’t worry, options to study via non digital means are also available. Once your theory is done, it is off to the dive shop to get fitted out with dive equipment, and then onto the pool.
Pool Dives (Day 1)
This is where you’ll take your first breaths underwater. Diving in the pool is a safe and comfortable environment where you will learn and practice the skills you need to be a confident and safe scuba diver.
Ocean Dives (Days 2 & 3)
Now it is time to head to the ocean. Over two days you will complete four ocean dives on Tasmania’s beautiful east coast, world renowned for its temperate water diving. Stay in comfortable accommodation for the weekend while you apply the skills you learnt in the pool to real ocean diving.
You will never forget your first dive!
How much will it cost?
Our PADI Open Water diver course price is $595. This includes:
- Tuition, including pool entry (pool session) and certification fees
- Access to PADI elearning, Log Book and other training materials
- Four shore dives
- Full equipment hire for the duration of the course
- Your PADI certification card
- Overnight accommodation at our dive training location
- Professional instruction fees
What equipment will I need?
We will supply you with scuba equipment for the duration of your course. We will arrange a personal fitting which will be part of the instruction process. We do recommend having your own fins, mask and snorkel for comfort and hygiene reasons, which we can also help you with.
Proper Equipment is the key to enjoyment of your diving and part of the PADI training philosophy. We strongly recommend you talk to your dive professional about your own Total Dive System.
Is there a minimum age?
Parental consent is required for children under 18. Please contact the store for information on Junior Open Water courses.
Do I need a dive medical?
Before taking part in any dive course with a practical component, you must have completed a medical questionnaire. There may be some instances where you are required to undertake a recreational dive medical (contact store for details or discuss with your diving Instructor).
In the Hobart area, the following doctors perform Recreational Dive Medicals:
- Long Beach Medical Centre
3 Beach Rd, Sandy Bay
Tel: 03 6225-5166
- Travel Doctor
270 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay
Tel: 03 6223-7577
- Augusta Road Medical Centre
120 Augusta Rd, Lenah Valley
Tel: 03 6278-1744
- Dr David Smart
Hyperbaric Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital
Tel: 03 6222-8322
- Dr Tim Barnes
Stoke Street Medical Centre, New Town
Tel: 03 6228-7841
- Dr Michael Tooth
Sandy Bay Medical Centre, 15 Princes St, Sandy Bay
Tel: 03 6223-6822
- Health for Industry
200 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Tel: 03 6281-4000
You will need to complete a form before taking the medical.(Download the form required – AS4005-1)
What can I do after my course?
Your Open Water Diver certification will train you to dive safely to 18m (60ft). You can hire gear, get air fills, and go on organized dive trips like travel, shore dives and boat dives.
You can open up more underwater opportunities through our Advanced Adventurer Course, which is designed around five specialty dives, showcasing a wide variety of diving experiences.