PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course
Learning to dive is one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Earning your PADI certification will forever change the way you see the world, both above and below the surface!
The PADI Open Water Diver course 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.
With PADI being a global organisation, you have the option of splitting your PADI Open Water Diver Course into segments. This allows you to complete all the classroom and pool-based learning in Leeds and then complete your open water dives at a later date, either with us or abroad on your next holiday at any PADI dive centre!
Quick Course Overview
There are 3 steps you need to complete in order to become a certified diver:
- STEP 1: Knowledge development
- STEP 2: Confined Water Dives
- STEP 3: Open Water Dives
STEP 1. Knowledge Development
The Knowledge Development portion of the course is designed so you can learn at your own pace and when it’s convenient for you. This part of your course will teach you the basic principles of scuba diving, and you will cover things like basic dive theory, equipment, skills and dive planning.
If you want to complete this step first and upgrade to the rest of the course later on, you can book the PADI Open Water Diver eLearning separately here!
STEP 2. Confined Water Dives
Develop and practice scuba skills in a pool under direct instructor supervision. As you learn new skills, you’ll build the abilities and confidence needed for diving in open water, such as in a quarry or the ocean.
STEP 3. Open Water Dives
Once you have completed the PADI Confined Water skills, you will be handed a PADI referral form, which is recognised by any of the 6,500 PADI dive centres operating in over 150 countries and territories around the world! The PADI Open Water Referral course allows you to leave the final qualifying Open Water dives to be completed at a later date, either with us as a full PADI Open Water Diver Course, or abroad on your next holiday! If you don't have a trip booked, we can even put you in touch with our sister Dive Centre in Malta if you are looking for somewhere to finish your course in warmer waters.
What you need to know
- 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. You will not be able to participate in any pool or open water sessions without confirming your fitness to dive.
The fit and comfort of your personal equipment are key to having an enjoyable diving experience. As a minimum, you should own your own mask and snorkel, however, we’d recommend you owned your own fins as well when you first begin your course (included as part of the Holiday Diver package).
Kit hire of all other core dive gear is included in your course.
At Scuba Leeds we offer three course options for the PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course. All the options include the same level of training, the same course materials, and the same certification at the end. You get to choose the appropriate kit bundle based on the type of diving you want to do. The bundles are as follows:
The Basic PADI Open Water Diver Referral course option is ideal for those wanting to learn how to dive but don’t want to invest in their own gear just yet. It includes:
- PADI Open Water Diver Referral & digital materials
- Mask and snorkel
The Holiday Diver package is perfect for those who are planning on diving mainly on holidays or occasional UK diving in warmer months. It includes:
- PADI Open Water Diver Referral & Digital Materials
- Mask and snorkel
- Fins and 5mm boots
Upgrade from eLearning
This option is only aimed at students who have already completed the eLearning part separately and now wish to upgrade to the practical steps of of the course. If you have not previously completed the PADI eLearning for the Open Water Diver course, please select the “Full Course” option.
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