PADI Open Water Diver Course

PADI Open Water Diver 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 the PADI Open Water Diver course — the world's most popular and widely recognised scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

If you get certified in Melbourne, Victoria as a PADI Open Water Diver you'll be able to dive anywhere in the world, with any dive shop or resort, to a depth of 18 metres. Yes, independent diving with just you and your dive buddy. No dive guide or instructor required.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be 16 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.

PADI Open Water Diver Course Process

PADI Online Training

Study in your own time online. Your theory is done online whenever is convenient for you. Once you've paid a deposit, we'll email you a PADI e-learning access pass so you can get started right away. Once you've finished the online study we bring you into the shop to size up for some gear.

If you choose the PADI eLearning option (like most people do) you can save yourself a day in the classroom by studying at home. In order to do this either email or call our friendly staff and begin your theory right now at home. Once you are ready, we'll arrange a date and time to conduct your pool training, beach and boat dives.

Dive Equipment

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a cylinder. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you're diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.

Sure learning to dive in the temperate waters of Melbourne means youll be using a thicker, more restrictive wetsuit than say in the tropics. But learning how to make the most of this situation equips you to dive anywhere in the world.

You'll need your own mask, snorkel, dive boots and fins. You can buy these in our online dive shop, or in-store with the guideance of our dive professionals. Depending on how much you feel the cold, you might also think about buying goves and a hood. We can provide the BCD, regulator, dive computer, weights, cylinder, and wetsuit.

PADI Pool Training

When you're fitted with your scuba equipment you can begin your pool training. Your instructor will put into practice the techniques you learned in the academics program. Your training dives will be logged and approved by your PADI instructor before you move on to open water.

PADI Open Water Training

Get ready to experience everything you've learned with the freedom of open water. Your open water training dives will include at least one boat dive, plus a dive to at least 16 metres deep.

As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your PADI instructor you will be a certified diver. The PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognised worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

PADI Open Water Course Prerequisites

  • Minimum age 16, with parental consent
  • Complete a PADI Medical Statement (Adobe PDF | 113.12 KB). The Scuba Doctor recommends you have a full Diving Medical before learning to dive. (Your safety is the most important thing!)

A Diving Medical may need to be completed prior to commencing the PADI Open Water Diver course by a certified Dive Doctor. A waiver form is required even if you opt out of a dive medical. Your PADI instructor will have the final say on whether a waiver form is available for your conditions. Medical Conditions will need to be disclosed to our PADI Instructor in advance of a course. If we are required to cancel or reschedule on the day due to medical conditions which could have been foreseen, the participant will incur a reschedule/cancellation fee as per our terms and conditions.

What to Bring and Wear

  • Dive medical completed by a dive doctor, or medical statement
  • Certificate of Completion of the e-learning theory training
  • Swim wear, sunscreen, towel, mask, snorkel, dive boots and fins.

Private Course — One on One $1,500.00

We deliver the PADI Open Water Diver course as a one on one, bespoke, private lesson experience. This course is designed for the busy business person, or if you want to do the course with your own personal PADI Dive Instructor on the dates of your choice. It's simply the best way to learn to dive!

The private lesson experience lets you spend all of your time learning skills and enjoying the underwater world, instead of spending most of your time watching others learn their skills.

See also, Private Lessons, and Learn to Dive in Melbourne.

If you're keen on a new adventure, the PADI Open Water Diver course is for you! You'll explore the amazing diving that Melbourne has to offer, meet new people, and have the opportunity to dive locally and all over the world.

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