PADI Openwater Diver

Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! In short, this is your beginner/entry level certificate that takes you from complete novice to qualified diver. It teaches you all you need to know to dive safely anywhere in the world up to a depth of 18 metres. The training agency for this course is PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community. Wherever you may travel in the world, you can always be sure that this diving certificate will be recognised.

Why PADI Openwater Diver?

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. Upon completion, this course leaves you with a certificate that is valid for life.

Upcoming Courses (back to top)

The above list is limited to the next 5 courses. Please visit the upcoming courses page for more. There may be additional courses to those listed here please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How do I book myself on a course?

To book yourself on a course please select one of the courses above, send us a message, and we will get back to you to discuss further details.

Course Comments...

Below are comments from previous customers who have taken this course. If you have taken this course with us within the past six months please feel free to post your comments.

"I would like to say a massive thank you to Rob and all of team for getting myself and friends through PADI Openwater Course.

Initially I looked into completing the Open water abroad - however from previous reviews - decided to do it through Cardiff Scuba within the UK..

From the experience we had I highly recommend Cardiff Scuba.... not only will you have a fantastic time completing the dives you’ll have a fantastic time with team... they are extremely passionate and professional with what they do...

Myself and friends are going to continue diving with Cardiff scuba and looking forward to spending some hours under the water.... Thank you very much and see you soon... Chris "

From Christian Jones, course taken March 2018

"Rob and Co are the most professional and friendliest team on the planet.

They're like the A*-Team. They have years of experience and I've never felt safer learning something new.

Really really grateful for helping me get my Openwater Diver certification, and I hope to dive with you more in future.

Also, thank you to Julia for helping me out of a tricky free-flow situation."

From Tom Gatley, course taken March 2018

"Cannot say how great these guys were to learn with.

Two weekends under the instruction of Rob and Simon and they were fantastic. Endless patience and sense of humour with so much knowledge between them, a perfect mix of practicalness and entertainment. I was incredibly nervous for the open water dives but felt completely safe and had a fantastic time.

Why we decided to learn in February whilst the water temperature was in single digits, I'll never know - but would 100% recommend Cardiff Scuba to anyone looking to improve or learn to dive."

From Lizzie, course taken January 2018

"So we have just completed our open water diving course today. To say we had fun would be a bit of an understatement. We were initially terribly nervous but our lovely instructors put us very much at ease with their calm and reassuring manner as well as their terrible jokes (not saying ours were any better).

I would highly recommend Cardiff scuba as I feel well equipped with the background knowledge needed to dive as well as the experience needed in the water too. 10/10 :) "

From Freya Wheelwright, course taken January 2018

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Further information on PADI Openwater Diver (back to top)

What do I need to start?

There are no pre-requisits for enrolling on an Open Water Course. 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 12 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program. For those of you who are not above the age of 14 and would like to participate, then the PADI Junior Open Water Diver program is available to you. Once you have decided to enrol on a course we will supply you with the course materials and DVD to start taking a look at.

What will I do?

Throughout the course, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of scuba diving. This includes looking at some of the physics and psysiology of diving, the aquatic environment, the equipment we use and the skills and proceedures you need to know. To cover all of this material you will need to attend two theory (classroom sessions) and two pool sessions. You will then take all that you learn in these sessions and use it to complete your four Open Water Dives. PLEASE NOTE : This year we are introducing some extra catch-up pool sessions as part of our Open Water Courses. Usually held on Thursdays, these will offer the opportunity for students to have extra practice in the pool before their Open Water weekend. These are not mandatory sessions and will be suggested at the discretion of one of our instructional team. We think this serves as an example of our commitment to ensuring that everyone receives the time and attention needed to feel confident about their achievement upon completion.

How long will it take?

All courses start on a Tuesday evening with a theory session and will finish 13 days later on a Sunday afternoon when you complete your final dive in the open water.

What will I receive at the start of the course?

PADI Open Water Manual Log Book Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) Booklet for RDP Use Open Water DVD PLEASE NOTE : The DVD is lent to you for the duration of the course. All other items are included in course fees

What previous experience do I need?

None, start diving today. Participants will need to be able to swim 200 metres (no time limits) and tread water for 10 minutes.

What do the fees include?

All equipment required course All Pool costs Course Manual & Logbook Course Exams All air fills required for course All professional tuition Insurance costs while on the course.

What don't fees include?

Entry fee to dive site used for the Open Water dives Costs of transportation to and from dive sites

What's next?

Continue the adventure with PADIs Advanced Open Water programme. This is your next step in exploring the underwater world. It aims to build on your confidence and offer you new experiences, still under the guidance of one of our qualified professionals.