The Scuba Doctor offers this Open Water Diver Course as a bespoke one-on-one experience designed for the busy business person, or if you just want to do the course with your own personal Dive Instructor on the dates of your choice. This course is for 3 days and once completed gives you a certification to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres (60 feet) with a dive buddy, anywhere in the world!
Divers who learn in Victoria are renowned for being some of the best in the world due to both the level of instruction, and the wide variety of dives and conditions experienced in Melbourne waters. We are home to some of Australia's best temperate water diving from various reef dives, to spectacular shipwrecks and J class Submarines, to huge underwater walls, plus one of the largest range of fantastic pier dives and shore dives in Australia.
Your Open Water Diver Course will be the most important dive training course you ever do. We'll do everything we can to make sure it's fun to do as well. Best of all, the certification obtained is recognised worldwide and valid for life.
Who should take this course?
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 an Open Water Diver course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
To enrol in an Open Water Diver Course at The Scuba Doctor, you must be 14 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?
This Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development (online eLearning) to understand the basic principles of scuba diving.
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills.
- Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
Open Water Diver Course Details
All eLearning, or Open Water Manual knowledge reviews, must be completed prior to course commencement on Day 1.
The Open Water Diver Course is run over 3 days. We can run the 3 days in any schedule that suits you. Regardless of when the days are scheduled, they take the following format below.
It's time to put on the scuba gear! Today you'll finish off a 20 question theory review. Then you'll head to the pool and be introduced to breathing underwater. You'll learn the skills that are necessary to keep you safe on your course ocean dives and during your own diving.
It's time to say g'day to those seahorses! You will do two Shore Dives today under Rye or Blairgowrie Pier. These piers are a perfect training environment, about 5 metres deep, with some spectacular life living around the pylons.
You will do another Shore Dive, so keep a lookout for those Weedy Sea Dragons. Then a boat dive from Portsea. The dive site is usually Portsea Hole or Pope's Eye, though this may change depending on conditions. You’ll go a little deeper today, which will prepare you for doing your own diving after the course.
What scuba gear will you use?
In the Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive computer and a dive cylinder. The equipment you wear will typically be a wetsuit, boots and weight belt.
The hire of a BCD, Regulator, Dive Computer, Dive Cylinder and Weight Belt for all dives is included in the price of the dive course.
We expect you to have your own personal items: Mask, Snorkel, Boots and Fins, as well as bathers and towel, plus dive gloves and hood if required. These can be purchased at everyday low prices from The Scuba Doctor as we are Melbourne's cheapest dive equipment specialist with a huge range to choose from.
How can you start learning now?
Pay your course deposit and arrange dates for your course with us. Then we'll provide you with the details on how to start using the Open Water Diver Online eLearning option, or send you the Open Water Manual, and you can start learning right away. Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program.
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Open Water Diver Course Prerequisites
To take the Open Water Diver Course, you must:
- Be at least 14 years old.
- Be in general good health and able to swim 200 metres (at your own pace).
Before starting the course you are required to fill in and sign a Medical Statement to say you are fit to dive, do not regularly take prescription or non-prescription medication and that you do not suffer from any conditions such as asthma, diabetes etc. If you answer 'YES' to any question on the statement, are in any doubt, or feel that you may have a condition that requires approval from a doctor first, please see a qualified SPUMS physician for a Dive Medical assessment that conforms to Australian Standard AS4005-1. (Overseas dive medicals are generally not accepted unless they are equal or better than the AS4005.1 standard.) See Diving Medical for more details.
Open Water Diver Course Bookings
The price for your bespoke, one-on-one Open Water Diver Course at The Scuba Doctor dive shop is just $1500.
To pay your non-refundable deposit to book for the course, please add this item to your shopping cart and then complete the payment process, proving full contact details. Please let us know of at least three preferred dates for when you'd like to start the course in the comments section on checkout.
Upon receiving payment we will contact you to confirm dates for your course. Then we will then either:
- Mail out the Open Water Manual to you; or
- Send you the online eLearning details for this course.
Breathing underwater for the first time is something you'll never forget, so don't wait.