Open Water Diver


The PADI Open Water Diver Course teaches you the diving basics.  You’ll learn about all of your scuba diving kit and how to assemble it correctly, along with all of the basic diving dos and don’ts.  Upon successful completion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course, you’ll be presented with an Open Water Diver card and a diver number – your key to the diving world. With this under your belt, you can hire equipment and continue with your Red Sea diving to your heart’s desire (within the safety limits, naturally!).  You needn’t sit a single test more if you don’t want to, though most divers find themselves hooked by this stage!

The PADI Open Water Diver Course takes from three to five days to complete. You will be taught all of the skills necessary to enable you to plan and dive to a maximum of 18 metres. You may find it all a bit daunting initially, but it’s surprising how quickly you learn. Soon you’ll be gearing up like a pro!

There are two parts to the PADI Open Water Diver course: practical and knowledge.  You will need a PADI Open Water crewpack which Red Sea Diving can provide you with at the resort priced £75 (including certification fee of £32 otherwise payable upon successful completion of the course). The crewpack contains your PADI Manual, telling you all you need to know about scuba diving and your scuba diving equipment. You will also receive a dive table, which you will need for dive planning, along with a diving logbook, to record all of your dives.

You may wish to undertake the knowledge section of your PADI course online or locally prior to carrying out your practical training with us.  Dive course operators are happy for you to do so, though ideally recommend that students undertake the knowledge and practical aspects concurrently. After all, you wouldn’t ordinarily take your driving theory test without ever having sat behind the wheel!

The practical aspect of the Open Water Diver Course will consist of five confined water sessions followed by four open water dives, where the fun really begins! Some of the practical skills you will be taught are:

  • Controlled emergency swimming ascent
  • Buoyancy control
  • Diving Compass use (on land and underwater)
  • Scuba mask clearing and removal
  • Failed BCD inflator
  • Kit removal and refit
  • Tired diver tow
  • Scuba regulator freeflow
  • Alternate air source use

You must be at least ten years of age to undertake the PADI Open Water Diver course. There is no upper age limit. You will need to be able to swim 200 metres unaided, or 300 metres with flippers and a snorkel, and tread water for ten minutes. The average swimming pool is roughly 25 metres long, so this equates to about 8 lengths (without stops).

You will need to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some medical conditions (particularly those of the heart, chest, sinuses, eyes, ears and claustrophobia) would compromise your safety underwater and, unfortunately, render you unfit to dive. If you suffer from any existing medical condition, this need not be an automatic bar, but if you do have any concerns it would be a good idea to visit your local GP before flying out. If you do suffer an existing condition, we may need to ask you for a doctor’s letter confirming your fitness to dive. Dive centres can usually arrange a consultation for you at the resort, but you may wish to deal with this beforehand to avoid any inconvenience or disruption to your holiday.

You will also need to ensure that you are covered for scuba diving under the terms of your travel insurance, as scuba is excluded under some policies. Columbus cover scuba diving as standard up to a depth of 30m.

Online Price: £230 + crewpack/certification fee

Don’t forget, to take advantage of these online discounts you will need to make an online reservation in advance. We don’t ask for payment – we pass on your reservation to the local dive centre who you make your payment to once you have arrived in resort.  Diving equipment rental is included in your course fee.

Photograph Courtesy of Red Sea Lenses

Whether you’re new to diving and want to take a PADI course, or you’re an experienced diver looking for boat dives and experienced guides, enter your details below and a local dive operator will come back to you asap.  If you have any queries whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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