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PADI Open Water Course

From £450

Standard Course (our most popular) £450

The Course starts with theory and pool modules carried out on a Wednesday evening from 6:30pm. The course is structured with 5 consecutive pool sessions. With the Open Water dives being held on a Saturday morning 9:00am after the third and fifth pool sessions.

Courses and Open Water dives are conducted every other week with dates for 2023 below:

Start Dates 2023

Wednesday Evenings 6.30pm, March 1st, 15th, 29th April: 12th, 26th May: 10th, 24th   June: 7th, 21st,  July: 5th, 19th    Aug: 2nd, 16th 30th   Sept: 13th, 27th  Oct: 4th

Alternatively we do offer an intensive option for the pool and academic sessions which take place over 2 days, dates and places are limited.

Dates for Intensive Pool and Academics 2023:  TBC

Standard Course with Drysuit speciality £495

Same as the standard course but you complete the course in our high quality drysuits which will give you extra warmth and comfort in and out of the water. This includes pool orientation, drysuit hire, drysuit speciality and extra open water dive.


Equipment for diving

All diving equipment is provided however, due to the importance of the shape and fit of your mask, we do ask all students to provide their own mask and snorkel. We have a wide range here in our shop and are happy to advise on fitting, styles and even prescription lenses.

Tailored Courses:

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 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.

Tailored Pool with Standard Open Water Dives £550 (£500pp if two or more book together)

This course is where you can tailor the pool sessions to suit yourself and then complete the open water dives on our standard Saturday morning training sessions. The pool sessions can be completed as an intensive course over two days or spaced out longer.

Complete Tailored Course £700 (£600pp if two or more book together)

This course is where you tailor all the dives to suit your needs. This can be done as an intensive course over four days or spaced out longer.

Keep Diving

After you have completed your Open Water training as part of The Diving Centre Dive Club you’d be welcome to come along with us to get more practice in and gain experience while part of a group, click below for more details..




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,over 3000 students certified and PADI’s 5 star status. 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. Trips this year include: Lanzarote, Isle of Bute, Isle of Skye, Malta, Red Sea, Truk Lagoon and Philippines.


What to expect

The Open Water Course is split into four sections:

  • Knowledge Development
  • Confined Water Dives
  • Water Skills Assessment
  • Open Water Dives

Knowledge Development:

This is the essential theory behind scuba diving and is based as home study with a manual and dvd. There a five chapters with a knowledge review at the end of each chapter. We ask you to complete a chapter for each confined sessions. The chapter is then reviewed by your instructor who can explain any areas in more detail. Assessment is in the form of 10 question quiz after each chapter and a final exam at the end of chapter 5.

Confined Water Dives

You’ll complete a total of five confined water sessions in our on-sited heated pool where you’ll learn the basics of scuba diving and build your confidence.

 Water Skills Assessment

For the course you need to prove that you have basic water skills. This comes in the form of a 200 metres swim (any stroke no time limit) and float in water too deep to stand for 10 minutes.

Open Water Dives

The four open water dives allow you to demonstrate the skills that you have learnt during your pool modules in safe natural environment. We try our best to get in the sea and use local sites such as Beadnell, St Abbs and St Marys. However if the weather turns and the sea is blown out we do have the option of inland sites where we can still carry out the training.

Offers and Group bookings

With every Open Water course you also receive a 10% off mask and snorkel purchases.

Please note course fee does not have to be paid in full to start and can be spread over three payment:First. £75 deposit Second.£150 pool sessions and Third £175 Open Water dives


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% discount on mask and snorkel bought from our shop

  • PADI Open Water Manual
  • PADI Recreational Dive Planner
  • PADI Diver Logbook Inc full training record
  • PADI Certification
  • Full equipment hire
  • x5 Confined water session
  • x4 Open water dives
  • x 1 10% off mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves voucher
  • 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.

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