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SCUBA DIVER Short on TIme and just want the basics!

The PADI Scuba Diver Course with Oceandivers

Short on time and have the urge to become a certified diver? The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you. This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. This course is very suitable for younger enthusiastic divers, it is also a great holiday certification where you will primarily dive in the company of a dive guide. This certification allows for wonderful dive experience and is a good warm-up for the Open Water Diver course as upgrading is a very easy next step.

PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision
  • Continue their dive training and complete PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses such as Project AWARE and equipment specialty courses

The Fun Part

The Scuba Diver certification opens the door on the underwater world for anyone who's thought that a course would take too long or be too difficult. Upgrade to Open Water Diver whenever you want! With less time than the Scuba Diver course takes, you can make the jump to Open Water Diver certification and start scuba diving independently whenever time allows or you're up for more. This course is perfect for the person that has no time and is about to head away on a holiday where the dive will be guided by a Divemaster.

What You Learn

All the basics of scuba diving through knowledge development, a set of scuba skills in the pool that you'll use again during open water dives, and an appreciation for the underwater world that will keep you coming back for more bottom time every chance you get! During the course you'll cover material and practice skills related to topics such as:

  • Buoyancy skills including comfortable ascents and descents, and breathing underwater.
  • Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy diving techniques.
  • Diving environments and aquatic life you're likely to encounter.
  • Preventing common problems underwater.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You'll use all the basic scuba gear and all of it is included with your course. You may want to invest in your own mask, snorkel and fins since these personal items are a lot more fun to use when they fit properly. A buoyancy compensating jacket that holds your scuba tank, a scuba regulator that delivers air, a weight system and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply will also be used. You will wear a scuba wetsuit to enhance the comfort and relaxation during the PADI Scuba Diver Course.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Scuba Diver - book and video on DVD package or a multimedia DVD. PADI's Scuba Diver materials provide a comprehensive overview of basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Once you're a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures.

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact Oceandivers.


To take this course, you must be:

  • 15 years old (or 12 years old for Junior Scuba Diver certification).
  • You need to be able to swim and be happy in the water to safely enjoy learning to dive.  

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the Oceandivers Team members.

Course Timetable

We typically run our Open Water courses over three weeks of evening classes meeting every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown. The first part of the evening is classroom based followed by gear selection and assembly on the pool deck before an hour long in-water session of skills and fun in the pool. Finishing time each Tuesday is about 10.15pm.

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As well as evening classes, we also offer the full Open Water course as a 5 day Intensive programme during the summer months. The Intensive course meets on a Monday at 9.00am and continues each day from 9.00am till 5.30pm finishing on the Friday afternoon.

If none of our normal schedule work out for you, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Alternatively we also offer the Gold Open Water course that is tailored to your own individual schedule.


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