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PADI Open Water Course

The PADI Open Water Course is the world’s best and most popular entry level course into the underwater world of scuba diving. Once the course is completed you will be qualified to dive to 18m with a globally recognised certification that is valid for life.

The Open Water Course is split into three sections: theory, pool modules and open water dives. The theory sections are based on home study allowing you to learn at your own pace. The modules are supported and reviewed by sessions with an instructor who can explain any areas in more detail. During the five pool modules you will learn the skills to dive safely. The four open water dives allow you to demonstrate the skills that you have learnt during your pool modules in safe natural environment. The open water dives are completed, weather permitting along the North East Coast, or alternatively during weekend trips to the West Coast of Scotland.

Why choose the diving centre?

Firstly we have some of the best facilities in the country. With our onsite heated pool (30 degrees), classrooms and large car park.  There isn’t anytime wasted going between the shop and local swimming pools. We only used high quality and well maintained diving equipment in the school, with separate equipment for both pool and open water training. We are also the longest running diving centre in the area with over 35 years membership with PADI. Our instructional team are highly experienced and passionate about diving.

We make it our goal to train in the sea and not in fresh water. We also encourage our students to continue with us after their course with reduced rates for kit hire, warm water diving holidays and an active social scene.

Also with our own pool we can tailor the course to any individual or groups needs from 1-1 tuition or large groups such as schools.

With every Open Water course you also receive a 10% off mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves voucher as well as a 5% off everything in store voucher

You can book your course below or alternatively you can pay for the course in our online shop under PADI COURSES




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4 Booking Options

Standard Course

Cost £350
The Course starts every two – three weeks with theory and pool modules carried out on either a Wednesday night from 6:30pm or a Saturday morning from 9:15am. The course is structured with 5 pool sessions booked with a start date and one session every week. The open water dives are carried out over two weekends or alternatively on one of our weekend trips to West Coast of Scotland where we will be going to Loch Long 3rd-5th May 

 Standard Course with Drysuit

Cost: £400

Same as the standard course but you complete the course in our high quality school drysuit which will give you extra warmth and comfort in and out of the water. This includes pool orenetantion and hire of suit.

Tailored Courses:

Tailored Pool Standard Open Water

Cost £450

This gives you the option to completely tailor the pool session of your course to a time schedule to suit you. This can be done as an intensive course over two days or spaced out longer. With the open water sessions done on our standard Saturday morning training dives.

Complete Tailored Course

Cost: £595
This gives you the option to completely tailor make your course to a time schedule that suits you. We will work out a time schedule that both suits your needs and meets the course requirements. This can be done as an intensive course over four days or spaced out longer. So whether you need a course doing before a holiday or if you want that one on one tuition, we can deliver it

What equipment do I need?

All the major equipment you need throughout the course is provided this includes full dive equipment. However, you must have your own mask and snorkel as a minimum for the course as these are personal items of kit. Other items we strongly recommend include your own personnel items such as boots, fins, and gloves for fit and comfort for the open water dives.

You do receive a 10% off on mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves voucher as well as a 5% off everything in store voucher

(these vouchers are valid for one purchase and do not include special offers or packages)

  • PADI Open Water Manual
  • PADI Recreational Dive Planner
  • PADI Diver Logbook Inc full training record
  • PADI Certification
  • Full equipment hire
  • x5 Confined water session
  • x2 Open water sessions
  • x 1 10% off mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves voucher
  • x1 5% off everything in store voucher. (these vouchers are valid for one purchase and do not include special offers or packages)
  • Minimum age is 12
  • A PADI Medical Questionnaire must be filled in prior to confined water sessions. If you answer ‘yes’ to any question medical clearance is need from your GP prior to diving. Download Medical Form.
  • Be able to swim 200 metres and tread water for 10 minutes
What’s next?

The next step after the Open Water Course is the Advanced Course. Although as the name suggest advanced this course works well following the Open Water Course. As it consists of five supervised open water dives working on key skills like navigation, buoyancy, deeper diving and qualifies you to maximum of 30 metres.

Click here to book your place or Call us 0191 537 2722
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