|Now is the time to dive into
the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most
popular dive programme in the world! This
is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure
with PADI, the dive company that sets the
standards in the global diving community.
Why PADI Open Water?
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the
most widely recognised and respected rating
in the world; you have the freedom to dive
with a buddy independent of a professional.
If you have already tried a PADI Discover
Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba
Diver certified, check with your instructor
to see how credit from these courses may apply
to the open water programme.
What do I need to
Virtually anyone who is in good health,
reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water
can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification.
You must be older than the age of 14 to
begin the PADI Open Water Diver programme.
For those of you who are not above the age
of 14 and would like to participate in the
PADI Open Water Diver Programme, then the
PADI Jnr Open Water Diver programme is available
to you. If you are between 10 and 14, or
have a child between these ages, there is
a PADI Junior Open Water Diver programme available. Please call the dive centre to discuss how we can train your child
What does the course involve?
The course is very flexible and can be
spread over as long or as short a period
as you like. Ideally it is conducted over
two week ends (though it doesn't have
to be on successive weekends) and one day in the classroom. During the
classroom session we will go through the
knowledge reviews from your crewpack.
These are simple reviews of what you know
and are not tests. At the end of each
section we will review the groups answers
and provide additional classroom training
as required. We will not single individuals
out but rather reaffirm the knowledge
for the group. After completing knowledge reviews and watching a few DVD's of the skills etc. the next step is to go to the pool and start the fun part - diving. In the pool we learn and practice the basic skills required before we can go diving. All groups are kept
small, usually a maximum of 4 people, ensuring personal attention at all
It is also very important to stress at this point that not only are our groups kept small, but that we also have sole use of a very large 33m long pool. This is very important to know, as learning to dive involves much more than simply kneeling on the bottom of a small pool in a large group and doing a few exercises. It is vital that you have time and room to swim around and practice the most important skill in diving - good buoyancy control. You can't do that in a small or crowded pool.
If you would like to find out more about us and our staff, particularly our experience and passion for diving have a look here.
As an alternative to the classroom session we are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer the new PADI eLearning option. This approach allows you to complete all the necessary preparation and theory work in the comfort of your own home, office or on the move. This approach is not suitable for everyone, as most people prefer the assistance of an instructor in a face to face environment. If you would like more information on this approach please follow the link below
The second week end will involve a trip to the lake on Saturday and Sunday where we can practice the skills you have learned and have an enjoyable dive at the same time !
As we have already said this is the "ideal" way to conduct the course but it can be changed to suit your needs, or the needs of demanding work or social lives. For example classroom work can be spread over a few evenings or you can use the eLearning computer based approach. Pool work can also be spread over more than one weekend. If you would like to discuss this with us please contact one of our instructors for more information
To ensure that all students are looked after properly, pool and lake class sizes rarely exceed 4 people. In addition to the Instructor there will also be a certified assistant. This way we can ensure that all students receive the care and attention that they need. When courses are advertised as having room for 8 people please note that this will be split into two groups in the pool, each with its own instructor
at other Diving Courses
||Minimum age 14 years old (10 for Junior
- Ability to swim 200m - any stroke
- Be able to tread water for 10 minutes
- You will need to be relatively
||Two week ends, and one day in the classroom. Alternatively dates
can be scheduled to suit individual
- Full set of scuba equipment
- Wet suit
- Light lunch during classroom sessions
must you bring:
- Open Water crew pack (can be bought from Sussex Scuba)
- Completed knowledge reviews
- Swimming gear, towel etc.
- Lake entrance fees are not included
- Boots and Fins for the lake sessions (can be bought from Sussex Scuba)
||If you would like to find out more about this course please give us a call, or drop by the dive centre. Call us on 01342 312622 or email at email@example.com
Where can I go from here?
After completion of this course you will able able to dive anywhere
in the world with any PADI resort
up to a depth of 18m. Full details
of all resorts around the world can
be found on the PADI web site. So
enjoy yourself and practice your diving.
Alternatively you can enrol onto
the Advanced Diving
course and continue your education.
On this course you are required to
carry out 5 more dives, three of which
are selected from a list by you. The
other two - the deep dive and the
navigation dive are a compulsory part
of the course.
for Junior Open Water
Essentially the Junior open Water
course is the same as the adult course.
There are a few differences relating
to the depths the child can dive to
10-11 year olds must dive with a
certified adult diver or an instructor
and to a maximum depth of 12m
12-13 year olds can dive to 18m with
a certified adult.
Is this course not what you are looking for? Have a look at our other Diving Courses.