Due to high demand, particularly during spring and summer, courses can be booked up months in advance. To avoid disappointment, PLEASE CONTACT DIVE WELLINGTON FOR SUITABLE COURSE DATES BEFORE PURCHASING.
Congratulations! by doing your PADI Open Water Course with Dive Wellington you will be opening the door to our exciting underwater world. If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course. This is by far the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
On completion of your course you will be given a voucher for 4 extra dives with our Dive Club - valid for 4 weeks!
Like many PADI courses, the Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge Development (studied online, independently prior to your first pool session) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to practise your skills and start exploring!
The course typically takes place over one weeknight and two weekends:
Monday - 18.00 to 21.00: Meet and greet and go over equipment use
Can swim 200m (without stopping, any stroke, no time limit)
Can float for 10 minutes (unaided)
Due to the ongoing risk of COVID 19, to ensure our safety and yours, we have changed things around a little here at Dive Wellington.
Anyone partaking on a course, hiring dive gear, or going on a charter/trip MUST have a vaccination pass.
Visitors to the store must sign in on entry. QR code on the door, or manual sign-in sheet in the center of the store.
Customers must wear a face-covering inside at all times, and keep a 2m distance between other customers and staff where possible.
If travelling for a course/dive club, we will have very limited transport in the Dive Wellington van, but we recommend taking your own private vehicle to the site.
Masks, snorkels and regulators will be soaked in disinfectant after each use to avoid transmission.
As always, if you are unwell or have cold/flu-like symptoms, please stay home and get tested.
Please help keep everyone safe by following these regulations.
You can start your course right away when you purchase "Start NOW". You will be sent an eLearning code, a link to the eLearning web page, and instructions on how to access the online theory content.
We will be in contact to discuss course dates and options.
In order to complete the course, you will still need to finish any remaining training elements, including medical forms, pool and sea training, if included. You will need to pay for the remainder of the course before your in water training commences.
First - purchase your course online. Next, we'll get in contact and give you dates, and your course information pack. This pack includes all the course details, online training information (if applicable), medical forms, etc.
On the medical form, you will need to answer a few questions. Please read the form carefully before filling it out.
If you answer YES to ANY of the questions, please follow the instructions on the form. You may be required to gain clearance from your doctor before we can take you diving.
If the answers are all NO, you don't need to see a doctor. Please get in touch if you have any questions. You can find the form here.
If your course includes online training, you can start right away with your online training code.