SDI Openwater Diver

SDI Openwater Diver

The SDI Openwater Course is the first stage of learning to Scuba Dive.

You need to be a reasonable swimmer and in good health. If you have any medical conditions, you will need to have medical clearance to dive.

The course involves a degree of self study prior to the commencement of the course itself. You will have 2 theory sessions to discuss areas of diving pertinent to an entry level diver. You will be taught a range of underwater skills in a local swimming pool which is then followed a few days later by 4 dives in Openwater. 

Why SDI Openwater Diver?

 For those seeking to learn to dive, the SDI Openwater course gives you the basic grounding of theory and pracical skills to ensure you have a great experience in the underwater world.

SDI have an international reputation for quailty service. The certification is recognised worldwide.

You will be taught by highly experienced Instructors and their support staff. 

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.

Need more flexibility?

SDI's Openwater course is run in 2 ways:

1) Cardiff based

     - 2 x Tuesday evenings from 6pm - 9.30pm for theory

     - 2 x Wednesday evenings from 6pm - 9.30pm for underwater pool skills training

     - 2 days (Saturday & Sunday of the 2nd week) for the 4 certifying dives

The theory sessions are based at Cardiff Scuba premises 

The pool skills sessions are held at Fitzalan High School pool in Cardiff

The Openwater weekend dives take place at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow from 8am - 3pm both days

 

2) Chepstow based

     - All Day Saturday from 8am - 3pm to complete all theory at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow

     - All day Sunday from 9am - 4pm to complete all underwater skills based at Thornbury Leisure Centre, Bristol

The Openwater weekend dives take place at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow from 8am - 3pm both days

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 have had an amazing last couple of weekends learning to become an open water diver. Rob, Simon, Julia and the team are so passionate about diving and teach in a professional and friendly way.

The Cardiff Scuba team are a brilliant laugh, and I can't wait to see them under the water again. If you want to learn to dive, and have fun doing it, I highly recommend Cardiff Scuba. "

From Tamina Piscopo , course taken September 2017

"Well done guys.Thank you very much for the best experience ever.

Thank you for each one that helped me not get panic underwater and for believing that I could finished the course and enjoy at the same time.

Well done 👌🏻 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

See you soon - From a new diver - Daniele Gomez 😂😂"

From Daniele Gomez , course taken September 2017

"What a Blast this weekend was. So much fun, and so professional! Rob and the team are all friendly, helpful and with a great sense of humour.

Fantastic Instructors, all very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about diving.

Every time I was in the water I always felt extremely safe and confident, despite my bladder being an issue on the first dive.

"Emptying your bladder before a dive is always a good move - trust me".

Hopefully, this won't be the last they'll see of me - looking forward to doing more dives and getting more comfortable underwater.

Can't stress enough how much fun I've had and how much I've learnt; such an awesome course!

Thank you, Rob and the Team! "

From Daniel Gomez, course taken September 2017

"Well what can I say............Thank you Rob you big ball of Scottish love for teaching me to dive.

The course was phenomenal from start to finish. The delivery was fun but serious all the way. The banter from the all the instructors made the course feel more relaxed and calmed the students while in the water.

Rob is an absolute belter of an instructor and Simon is a gem to compliment. The knowledge they have to pass on to students is beyond, and how they involve everyone into the group is a gift.

If anyone has any doubt about this course, don't, you'll love it from start to finish.

Can't wait to do my Advanced. Cheers guys. "

From Ryan Jones, course taken September 2017

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Further information on SDI Openwater Diver (back to top)

What do I need to start?

  • Openwater Manual & Knowledge Quest 

What will I do?

Collect/receive the Openwater Crewpack approximately 4 weeks (or longer) before the commencement of the course.

Complete both the theory and underwater skills development sessions successfully, prior to taking the 4 Openwater certifying dives.

Arrive on time for all sessions with the required homework completed. 

 

How long will it take?

 The course runs over a period of:

Option 1

2 weeks - 2 evening theory sessions 6pm - 9.30pm

             - 2 evening underwater skills development sessions 6pm - 9.30pm

             - 2 full days over one weekend to complete the 4 certifying dives 8am - 3pm

 

Option 2

2 weeks - One full day (Saturday) to complete all theory requirements 8am - 3pm

             - One full day (Sunday) to complete all underwater skills 9am - 4pm

             - 2 full days over one weekend to complete the 4 certifying dives 8am - 3pm

What will I receive at the start of the course?

  • The SDI Openwater Crew Pack

What previous experience do I need?

You must be a reasonable swimmer and have good health. In the event you have a medical condition, this must be assessed by a Diver Knowledgable Doctor.

What do the fees include?

  • All theory session requirements
  • The SDI Openwater Manual and Knowledge Quest
  • Entry to the pool sessions for underwater skills development
  • Any equipment required to take the course
  • Certification on completion of the course

What don't fees include?

  • Travel and/or costs to and from the pool or the Openwater Site
  • Entry fee to the Openwater Site