PADI Open Water Course
The PADI Open Water Course is the entry level course most recognised around the world.
The Open Water Course is a 3/4 day course, after which you will be awarded a PADI Open Water Diver certiﬁcation. This will enable you to dive almost anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18 metres with another suitably quailﬁed diving buddy.
Who should take this course?
- Minimum Age: 10 years old
- Must be able to swim
- Pre-requisite certiﬁcation: None
- Reasonable physical health (see the PADI medical statement here) answering yes to any of these questions does not automatically mean you cannot dive, please ask us if you are unsure
What can you do once you are a certiﬁed Open Water Diver?
- Dive with a Buddy (another diver with an equal or higher certiﬁcation)
- Maximum depth 18 metres (For Junior Open Water aged 10-12 maximum depth is 12m)
- Begin your PADI Advanced Open Water Course
- Lifelong certiﬁcation
What will I learn during the Open Water Course?
The course has 3 main parts:
- Knowledge development - This will provide you with the knowledge of the basic principles of scuba diving. You can do this either online (elearning), through independent study (we will provide you with a manual) or in our classroom.
- Conﬁned Water Dives - We will teach you over 20 scuba skills in our local sheltered bay (Amadores) allowing you to practise and master each skill before moving on to open water dives.
- Open Water Dives - We take you diving in the sea for 4 open water dives, where you will be evaluated on the skills you have learnt in the conﬁned water sessions whilst coming face to face with local marine life and having fun!
How can I start learning now?
Completing the knowledge section of your course online keeps more of your holiday free for fun stuff, perfect if you don't want to spend your holiday in the classroom!
PADI e-learning allows you to watch the videos, do the theory, quizzes and the ﬁnal exam online before you come on holiday! Then you do the practical application with us when you arrive.
This is by far the most popular choice amongst our students, plus it has the extra bonus of no paper! Meaning its also beneﬁcial for our environment.
Where will I be diving?
We conduct our training dives at Amadores beach, which provides an ideal dive site for beginners. We strongly believe that when learning to scuba dive it is best to learn in the environment you will dive in, the sea! Amadores has a gentle, sandy sloping bottom so your instructor can control the depths you are in, and gradually take you deeper as you gain conﬁdence under the water.
As it is almost enclosed, the dive site here qualiﬁes as a “conﬁned water site” in accordance with PADI training regulations.