PADI Open Water Diver
The PADI Open Water Diver is where it all begins. Have you always wanted to learn how to scuba dive and discover new adventures? Do you want to see the wondrous world beneath the waves? Then you are in the right place! The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course. It has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.
If you’ve tried diving through a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full Open Water Diver course certification. Furthermore, if you have completed this with us here at Scuba Leeds within the last 4 weeks we will take your Discover Scuba Diving fee off your Open Water Diver course fee.
What will I do?
To certify as an Open Water Diver you will:
• Complete five knowledge development segments, including quizzes and final exam.
• Complete Confined Water (pool) Dives 1-5
• Meet water skills assessment requirements.
• Complete Open Water Dives 1-4
1. Knowledge Development
The Knowledge Development section consists of both self-study as well as classroom-based reviews with your PADI Instructor. This part of your course is designed to teach you the basic principles of scuba diving, and you will cover basic dive theory, equipment, skills and dive planning. You will also practice assembling and disassembling your dive gear for the first time. Just get in touch to arrange the classroom sessions and we will arrange this at a suitable time for you.
Please ensure all Knowledge Development and Knowledge Reviews for your course are completed before the first Confined water training session.
2. Confined Water Dives
You will do a total of 5 confined water dives in a pool, where you will learn basic scuba skills, get comfortable underwater and have lots of fun!
Confined water session 1
Tong High School Pool: Saturday 12:00 – 14:00
You will complete your first shallow water dive at Tong High School swimming pool – please note that students will have to make their own way there. Once you arrive you will:
• Have a pre-dive briefing with your instructor
• Complete a 90-minute shallow pool dive to a maximum depth of 1.8m
The Saturday session is an ideal starting point for all new divers, as the pool has a sloping bottom. This means your instructor will let you breathe underwater for the first time and practice a couple of safety skills in water deep enough to stand up in. Once you are comfortable, your instructor will take you for a swim to the deep end of the pool.
Once you have completed the shallow pool dive we will take you to our 5.5m diver training pool.
Confined water session 2 – 5
John Charles Centre for Sports Pool: Thursday 19:30 – 22:00
You don’t have to come to the dive centre before these sessions, we can meet you there! This pool is 5.5m deep, which means you will really get the full experience of how it feels to be weightless underwater. The sessions are around 2.5 hours long – this includes a briefing, equipment set up and a 90-minute dive, which means you will have plenty of time to practice skills and have fun!
Once in the pool, your instructor will help you to practice equalising while making a descent to 5.5m down our descent line. The line allows you to descend slowly whilst having something to hold on to. Once at the bottom of the dive pool, you will get to practice the skills necessary to the relevant session. You will have 4 confined water sessions in this pool altogether, with each session evolving your skill set to match that of an Open Water Scuba Diver.
Dry Suit Orientation (DSO)
Your dry suit orientation will initially take place in confined water before being used for the first time in Open Water. During the dive you will be taught about drysuits, how to take them on and off as well as situations you can find yourselves in with drysuits such as a ‘suit squeeze’.
Open Water Dives
Once you have completed the PADI Confined Water skills and dry suit orientation, you will head to one of our two Open Water dive sites for the remainder of your course.
Open Water session 1 & 2
Capernwray/ Stoney Cove: Saturday 09:00 – 16:00
Here you will do a total of 4 Open Water Dives as well as an additional dry suit dive, where you will practice all of the skills you learnt in confined water. The sessions include briefings, equipment set up, gear down and debriefing. Once you have completed all of your Open Water Dives and Knowledge Reviews you will be asked to complete a final exam before receiving your certification.
What scuba gear will I use?
The fit and comfort of your personal equipment are keys to having an enjoyable diving experience. At a minimum, you’ll want your own mask, snorkel and boots when you begin your first course. Our friendly staff will help you select gear that’s right for you when you’re ready to buy. Please note a mask and snorkel is included for you to keep as part of the STANDARD and DELUXE packages. Scuba Leeds will provide all your core scuba diving equipment during your course including:
• Buoyancy Device (Single Tank Wing)
• Regulator (Long Hose Style)
• Scuba Cylinder (12ltr Tall)
• Integrated Weight System & Weights (As needed)
• Scuba Diving Computer (Suunto Vyper Novo)
• Scuba Diving Fins (Strap Fins)
• Drysuit & Undersuit (Thermal Protection)
During your course we will include FREE rental of all of the above core dive gear items only. You will be required to collect your core dive gear prior to the open water training dives from Scuba Leeds.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
To enrol in a PADI Open Water Diver (or Junior) course, you must meet the following requirements:
• You must be at least 10 years of age
• You must have adequate swimming skills
• You must be in good physical health
• No prior scuba diving experience is required
You will also be required to complete:
• Medical Statement – Please ensure you are fit to dive by checking this form.
• Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding
• Statement of Risks & Liability
If you answer YES to any of the questions on the PADI Medical Statement, you will need to get a medical physician to sign the form to confirm fitness to dive prior to any in-water activities.
How do I start?
Enroll in Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – and you can start learning right away. PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. Get started now!
You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video(a book and DVD package). Stop by Scuba Leeds to enrol in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.
You can also check out the upcoming Course Schedules to see which works best for you.
Unsure if the full PADI Open Water Course is for you? Check out our PADI Discover Scuba Diving page to get more information on experiencing diving for the first time.
What can I do next?
The PADI Open Water Diver Course can be completed with in conjunction with the PADI Drysuit Diver and PADI Nitrox Diver. If you want to continue to scuba dive in the UK and plan on renting cold water scuba equipment, including a drysuit, you will require a PADI Drysuit Diver certification. We offer both of these courses as upgrade options while completing your Open Water course.