Open Water

The PADI Open Water Diver course is our most popular beginner's scuba programme. Open Water takes a person from complete novice to fully certified diver. The course will give you the confidence to dive to depths of 18 meters without having to have an Instructor or Divemaster by your side. Once you have completed this course you will receive the PADI Open Water Certificate which is recognised almost anywhere in the world.

What is the course structure?

The Open Water course teaches you the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. It includes 5 pool dives, 5 knowledge development (theory) sessions and 4 open water (sea) dives.

What way do you schedule the course?

You can choose to complete the Open Water programme in five convenient formats.

1. Evening Course
Our most popular style is the 6 week evening course. In this format you complete the academic and pool sessions of the course 1 evening a week for 6 weeks. These sessions are run on consecutive Tuesday evenings in the National Aquatic Centre and are then conducted in either of two ways. The first is over a series of weekends (weather permitting) in Dublin. Alternatively, and the most popular option is to complete your training on a weekend away to Killary fjord, Connemara.

2. Intensive Course
During summer months, we also run a 1 week intensive course. In this way you can complete the full course in just 5 days. This programme runs from 9.30am till 5.30pm each day. Monday and Tuesday usually take in several theory sessions and all pool training. The remainder of the week is concentrated on the open water dives and final theory sessions. The course is usually based at our dive centre in Dun Laoghaire. This course model is effective if you can take the time off or if you need to reach the standard as quickly as possible.

3. Warm Water Course
Going on holidays? You can complete your Knowledge Development and Confined Water training with us before you jet off. We'll give you a bit of paperwork to take away with you to another PADI Dive Centre where you can bypass the majority of the course and just get diving! What's more, if you don't have a holiday booked but don't like the idea of starting in chilly water, we'll take you to the warm Mediterranean waters of Malta for a long weekend and complete your diving there! More info.

4. eLearning
A recent addition to the lineup, is the option of eLearning. You can take your Open Water course, right now and without moving from your chair! The new eLearning system allows you to complete all Knowledge Development stages of the course online, at your own pace. We will then work with you to find convenient pool times for your confined water training. When you're ready for your sea dives you can join in with one of our Killary training weekends, a Malta weekend or we can arrange suitable times to get you diving in Dublin! Check out our new eLearning page for more.

5. Open Water Gold
If none of these options suit your schedule don't despair, we can also build a timetable around your own free time. This option allows you to complete the knowledge development section at home with review sessions and practical training organised at times which can be agreed between you and your instructor.

Whichever format you choose you will receive the same high standard of instruction so the choice is more to do with available time than any difference in result!

Who can sign on this course?

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course is suitable for all age groups from twelve years upwards. If you are aged between twelve and eighteen, you can complete the course subject to approval from a parent or guardian.

What is included in the course?

As part of the course fee you will receive the complete Open Water Crew Pack which contains all the materials and Log book etc which you will need to complete your training. We also include all the diving equipment required for the pool and sea dives. At Oceandivers we believe that providing the best equipment to all students not only improves the safety of our programmes but also improves your comfort and enjoyment in the water. All items are regularly maintained and we replace all equipment every twelve months. All you will need to bring are swim suit and towel, we provide the rest.

How much does the course cost?

For current prices of all formats of the Open Water Course check out our Prices Page.

When can I start?

Whenever you want! If you just can't wait, follow the path to eLearning by clicking here now.

Alternatively, we run the Open Water Course all year round. Our evening course has regular start dates approximately every 4-6 weeks while the intensive course is run once or twice a month during the summer. Follow the Link to our Calendar Page to see our full schedule for the year.

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To book onto any course you can give us a call and we can reserve a place for you. To secure your place we will ask you for a deposit with each booking. This can be done over the phone with a credit card or alternatively you can download a Course Application Form which can be sent by post accompanied by a deposit cheque.