Open Water Referral

Course Description

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Referral course is the first step in becoming a certified PADI Diver. With PADI being a global organisation, you have the option of splitting your PADI Open Diver Course into segments.

What will I do?

The PADI Open Water Diver Referral course consists of two main phases:

Knowledge Development – Self-study knowledge development and 2 classroom sessions
Confined Water Dives – 5 dives in a pool to learn the basic scuba skills

Leaving the final qualifying open water dives to be completed at a later date, either with us at a more convenient time for you, or abroad on your next holiday! If you don’t have a trip booked, we can even put you in touch with our sister Dive Centre in Malta if you are looking for somewhere to finish your course in warmer waters.

If you’ve tried diving through a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Referral course. If you have completed this with us within the last 4 weeks we will take your £30 Discover Scuba Diving fee off your PADI Open Water Referral course fee.

What scuba gear will I use?

We will provide all your basic scuba diving equipment, including: mask, snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating jacket that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from, instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply and a wetsuit for your pool dives.

How do I start learning now?

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. The most
popular method of self-study is the PADI Touch which installs onto your tablet and is fully interactive with videos and tutorials to help you learn in the easiest way. Download the “PADI Library by PADI Americas, Inc” for a demo version of the PADI Open Water Diver touch materials.

Don’t worry, if you don’t have a tablet or iPad there is either the PADI Open Water Ultimate crew pack which includes the manual and DVD or your PADI eLearning which is fully web based theory. For each concept or skill in the course you’ll read a description, then watch a video or demonstration to ensure that you fully understand. At the end of each section there is a knowledge review (5 in total) which you need to fill out and complete before coming to the classroom sessions.

Course Upgrades

The PADI Open Water Referral Course is part of the full PADI Open Water Diver Course and many students choose to upgrade to the full course while completing the referral program. Whether you choose to upgrade or not the referral program can be completed with in conjunction with the PADI Nitrox Diver which will be hugely beneficial when you certify as a PADI Open Water Diver. These upgrades can be added to your referral at anytime during your course:

PADI Open Water Diver Upgrade £225 – Includes 4 open water dives and certification fees
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver £95 – Includes combined nitrox dives, manual and certification fee

Recommended Dive Gear


Course Specification

Prerequisites: 200m Swim Fit to dive
Dive Gear: Basic Package Deluxe Package
Next Step: Open Water Nitrox Diver
Date: First Saturday of every month
Price: 275

Course Modules

The theory is split into two sections and is designed to teach you the basic principles of scuba diving theory, equipment, skills and dive planning. The two areas are self-study knowledge development where you will use one of the PADI Open Water Diver training materials, and classroom based reviews where you show your PADI Instructor that you have mastered all the theory. This is also the time where you will practice assembling and dis-assembling your dive gear for the first time.

You will make at least 5 confined water dives which will be completed in our two training pools. Your first dives will be in a shallow water pool with a sloping bottom so that you can build your skills underwater in a safe and fun environment. Once you have completed the shallow pool dives we will take you to our 5.5m diver training pool. During the next couple of sessions you will learn more skills that are essential for all dives you will make once you are a certified diver. You will also have a session with your PADI Instructor to orientate you on the use of a drysuit before making your open water dives.

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