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.

"What a brilliant course thanks to the delivery by the fantastic team at Cardiff Scuba! I am not usually given to overly enthusiastic praise but I would happily recommend these guys with absolutely no hesitation at all.

I felt quite nervous in the pool but despite their obvious expertise and experience, Rob, Simon and Elouise haven't forgotten what it is like for beginners and put us at ease from the first moment. The support and help continued from every single one of the other instructors and helpers we met along the way. I was never made to feel silly, always had questions answered fully and was made to feel part of the team from the beginning.

The clear thread running throughout this very relaxed but professionally delivered course is the student's safety. Safety is drilled in with seriousness and consistency. Far from making it a chore, however, the fact that you are working in such a safe framework creates space for a huge amount of fun.

I felt respected and welcomed from the first moment. The guys are fun, professional and clearly passionate about diving. The only downside (for them) is that they won't be able to get rid of me. I'll be keeping in touch and signing up for more very soon.

Thank you guys!
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From Leighton Hazell-smart, course taken July 2017

"Had an amazing couple of weekends doing this course. The course was really well run, I'm so glad we did the course with Cardiff Scuba. They were really professional, but also really friendly.

Was great to know/feel that we were in safe hands throughout, Rob and Simon were fantastic and made the course fun as well as helping us learn and remember all the important skills. All the others that supported were really helpful and gave tips and pointers, which were much appreciated.

The final dive today was such an amazing experience so thank you so much for opening up a whole new world for us!!

Can't wait to see everyone again to tag along for some more dives and would love to do the advanced course next. And then... and then... Really excited to continue this adventure and would love that to be with Cardiff Scuba. "

From Daniel Hazell-smart, course taken July 2017

"I just wanted to say what an absolutely brilliant course which was undertaken by Rob and Simon. My special thanks goes to Jack who helped me through my first pool session and then it was a pleasure to be taught by Simon who got me through the rest of my pool sessions. He was so calm and patient with me which I am very grateful for.

The theory with Rob was very relaxed and very structured, he went through everything to make sure we understood everything and if we were unsure he would go over it until we were happy.

The exam itself went very smoothly and I felt very confident with Simon by my side and taking me through the exam.

I would definately recommend Cardiff Scuba, everyone I have met was very professional and very knowledgeable and I will be back to do my advanced when I have enough dives under my belt.

Thank you guys you are all one in a million x "

From Samantha Topham, course taken July 2017

"If you are looking for the best instructor led PADI Open Water course, look no further. Rob and his team will guide you through this experience with skill, knowledge, humour, personal care and most of all safety first. In our first Open Water session at NDAC we had five instructors for six students. You will feel safe at all times in these guys hands.

It was a fantastic experience start to finish. Thank you so much."

From Nick Carter, course taken July 2017

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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.