Experienced divers will tell you that there is nothing better than diving. To submerge and see new creatures for the first time, to identify wildlife few have seen before, to experience weightlessness and share experiences with privileged friends. Diving adds purpose to your travel and can bring new wonders and adventure to a holiday. It can involve the whole family, a group of friends or members of a club. For some of you it may become more than a pastime…
Once you complete this course you will be a qualified diver and awarded a certification. The identification card carries your photo and confirms your level of training and ability to dive to the requirements established by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).
The qualification is recognised worldwide and allows you to dive with another qualified diver without instructor supervision. It also allows you to buy and rent diving equipment worldwide. You will be able to participate in continuing education course such as PADI Advanced open water and exciting PADI specialty courses such as Wreck, Night and Photography Diver. Ultimately, this can lead you to the rating of Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional rating in recreational scuba diving.
It is your passport to the undersea world and all the experiences and wonders it has to offer.
PADI-The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is the world’s largest and most popular diver training agency, with offices, instructors, and dive centres in over 90 countries. PADI has the most complete, successful and widely recognised training programmes and you can be confident that you will have earned the finest and most respected diver credentials available.
Anyone over the age of 10 years whom is in reasonable health and is comfortable in the water. You should be able to swim 200 meters and float for 10 minutes. If you have any concerns please speak to any of the instructors. Those under 15 will be awarded the junior Open Water Diver rating and must dive with an adult after certification.
The course is divided into three segments:
- Knowledge Development-This gives you the basic principles and knowledge needed for safe and enjoyable diving. The training takes place in a classroom and comprises videos and discussion of the information with an instructor.
- Pool Dives-these are conducted in a swimming pool where you apply the information learnt in the classroom and learn skills for safe diving.
- Open Water Dives-Four open water dives are required for certification. Here you demonstrate the skills learnt in the pool and apply the classroom knowledge. This is where the adventure starts!
You will receive all the course material before the course starts, including the Go Dive manual. This lets you read through and become more familiar with the course. The course can be taken in one of two formats:
- Over weekends, where the knowledge development sessions and pool dives are taken one weekend and the Open Water dives are then taken at a later weekend at a suitable dive site.
- Once weekly evening sessions over a period of six weeks to complete the Knowledge Development sessions and Pool Dives. The Open Water dives are then taken at a later weekend at a suitable dive site.
The dive site is usually Limeslade, St Brides or Martins Haven, but is dependent on weather conditions at the site, on the day (thus we reserve the right to alter the location at short notice).
SCUBA DIVER rating covers the first three academic and pool sessions with 2 sequential open water divers. This qualification will allow you to dive only with a Divemaster guide and to a maximum depth of 12m.
Referral options are also available where you take the Knowledge Development and the Pool Dives here, but complete your Open Water Dives on holiday at any PADI dive centre. This popular option lets you maximise your holiday time enjoying.